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Local youth attend 4-H electric camp

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomed 234 seventh- and eighth-graders to the 22nd Annual 4-H Electric Camp June 25-28.

Campers explored the world of energy, electricity and the basic sciences through fun-filled, hands-on learning experiences.

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Pictured (front, from left) are Lincoln County’s Juliann Fears and William Miller, who attended the 2013 4-H Electric Camp, and (rear) Wayne and Suzie Mitchell, who volunteered as Lincoln County’s camp advisors, and Ron Thomas of Fayetteville Public Utilities who assisted with the Extension Cord Learning Center. Not pictured is Eli Leverette of Lincoln County.

“The focus of 4-H Electric Camp is to improve young people’s knowledge of electricity, energy conservation, alternative energy sources, electronics, computer applications and electrical safety,” said Mike Buschermohle, professor with UT Extension.

“They develop a better understanding of the important role electricity plays in their lives — plus they have a lot of fun and make many new friends from across the state.”

The 4-H Electric Camp included six learning sessions held daily to teach the youth the following: Wiring an Extension Cord, Energy Conservation, Building a Flashlight, Green Energy Generation, Electric Vehicles and Electrical Safety.

In addition to learning about electricity and other sciences, the conference featured recreational activities. “The Giants of Science” presented by Neil Spence and “Watt is Electricity” by Ben Roy and an afternoon at Dollywood theme park in nearby Pigeon Forge provided entertainment for the campers during the week.

4-H Electric Camp is made possible through a unique partnership of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and its member cooperatives including Fayetteville Public Utilities, UT Extension, Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association and its municipal power system members, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and other industry donors.

The 4-H program is the youth development component of UT Extension. With more than 194,000 members statewide, 4-H is the state’s largest youth organization and available in every Tennessee county.