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4-H kids fly high, fish hard at summer camps

Zachary and Joshua Schueller were able to blast off stomp-rockets 30 feet in the air at the Aerospace Day Camp. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
From left, Samuel Kern, Ben Garcelon and Dylan Vanderstad all caught fish at the 2009 4-H Daycamp at Heartland Park. Here they examined a catch. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

Youth love learning about their interests through the fifty-seven different project areas offered by Hubbard County 4-H.

This past two weeks 4-H'ers have been investigating Aerospace and Fishing sports at local day camps held in Lake George and Park Rapids.

Through hands-on learning experiences the K-4th graders learned about aerodynamics, combustion, flight while developing three different rockets at the 4-H Aerospace Day camp. Assisted by youth leader Cody Wicks, Nevis, area youth investigated the basic principles of flight with a group of new friends that shared the similar interest.

Supported by at state-wide MN DNR curriculum, trained 4-H staffer Mark Haugen led an older group of youth through an introduction to fishing through the MN-AQUA program. Youth investigated many aquatic science related issues including how fish are classified into different families as well as learning about the life cycle of a walleye before making their own "Pop-Can Caster." Although no ten pound bass were caught the entire group had a blast experiencing these engaging hands on learning opportunities.

To learn more about 4-H or how your child can participate in the 4-H program please contact the University of MN Extension Hubbard County office at 218-732-3391.