Kids of all ages enjoyed learning how to extract DNA at the Youth Tent during the 2012 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, Helping in the booth on Thursday, July 19, were Grace Skarlupka, West DePere (right) and Hallie Kopczynski.
Photo By Carla Gunst
Youth tent offers variety of activities for children
Extracting DNA and playing Wheel of Farming were just a few of the many activities youth engaged in at the youth tent during the 2012 Outagamie County Farm Technology Days, July 17-19, near New London.
At the University of Wisconsin Madison Biotech Center and UW-Extension booth children were taught how to extract DNA while also learning how to use a micropipette. They later constructed their own micropipette using a straw, cotton swab and plastic vile.
In addition, youths were encouraged to take the "glo-germ" challenge. They rubbed their hands with "glo-germs," were instructed to wash them thoroughly, then were inspected with a special fluorescent light to examine whether the germs had been scrubbed away with adequate hand washing.
Youth also had the opportunity to check out 4-H youth projects on display at the Outagamie County 4-H Outreach booth and learn more about what 4-H had to offer.
The Wisconsin 4-H STEM programming booth helped youth identify different vegetable plants and showed a comparison of what a good houseplant should look like when entering them for the county fair. Youth also learned about energy and how it is created.
Darlene Arneson, Ag in the Classroom coordinator and foundation director at Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation manned the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom booth. Children of all ages enjoyed getting tattoos of their favorite fruit/vegetables and were given ideas regarding projects to take home to share with their friends in school or in other organizations.
Cathy Statz, representing the Wisconsin Farmers Union and promoting their Kamp Kenwood, tested the children's ag IQ with her Wheel of Farming. Youths were asked questions and were able to pick a prize with a correct answer. The WFU booth also featured face painting.
At the Building for Kids Children's Museum in Appleton, youths were able to plant a seed and were instructed on how to nurture the seed to grow into a healthy plant.
Outside the youth tent at the Family Farm Adventures area, children learned about what items can be composted, from paper to egg shells to hair, and what products are recyclable versus garbage.
"Addie the Cow" was on hand so youth could take a turn at milking a cow. In addition Small Suir Breeders of Wisconsin brought their alpaca along to give visitors an up-close and personal view.
The Wildnerness Springs Trout Farm educated youth on aquaculture. Their display featured a fishing game and the life cycle of a trout. Their angler educational area showed youths how to cast correctly.
The corn sand-box was also an attraction for younger children who enjoyed filling their shovels and pails with corn.
These were just a few of the many activities available in the youth tent and Family Farm Adventures area, not to mention the stage area, which featured a variety of information from fishing techniques, to dog training, to story reading to creating desserts as well as live musical performances.