4-Hers Put Engineering Knowledge to the Challenge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2013
Five Illinois 4-H members will
represent the state in the National 4-H Engineering Challenge to be held Sept.
29 – Oct. 1 at Purdue University. The 4-Hers will compete in the electric
energy, tractor and welding divisions of the contest.
Challenge is the premier event within the national 4-H program which allows
youth from around the country to showcase their knowledge and skills in a
variety of individual and team-based engineering contests and activities.
Divisions for the challenge include aerospace, bicycle, computer, electric
energy, engineering, lawn tractor, robotics, small engine, tractor and welding.
delegates include Liam Buchanan of Maquon in Knox County and Daniel Cassida of
Villa Grove in Douglas County who will both compete in electric energy. Two
delegates will compete in welding, including Ethan Fitzwilliam of Mason in Effingham
County and Drake Sanders of Buckley in Iroquois County. Haden Smith of Wayne
City in Wayne County will compete in the tractor division.
were selected based on their outstanding exhibits at the Illinois State Fair or
their participation in the State 4-H Tractor Operator's Contest, said Bill
Million, University of Illinois Extension state specialist who coordinates the
Illinois delegation to the Challenge.
at the Challenge, members will be tested on their general knowledge in their specific
area and make a presentation based on their exhibit," Million said. "There will
also be opportunity for the team to compete in a scholastic engineering bowl."
The challenge is also a learning event for the 4-H members, families, and
coaches. Industry tours of businesses near West Lafayette allow youth to get a
better understanding of the specific project area they are competing.
The Illinois 4-H Foundation provides financial support for Illinois'
Source: William J. Million, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, firstname.lastname@example.org