PUBLISHED IN THE RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL
For botanists, a stem is a plant part. It provides structural support for buds and leaves, and it transports water, minerals and sugars. Plant stems can be long or short. They can be aboveground or below. But for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 4-H After School club, STEM takes on a whole new meaning.
It refers to science, technology, engineering and math, and After School club members will show us what it is all about. They will lead a hands-on STEM demonstration constructing mini lava lamps to take home. The activity is for all ages. It will take place at Nevada Field Day, held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 24 at 5895 Clean Water Way in Reno.
The STEM demonstration sounds magical. Samantha Shoupe, a community based instructor with Cooperative Extension, says “It’s better than magic, it’s science.” Shoupe encourages all to attend Field Day and explore not only the STEM demonstration but other 4-H activities as well.
Merry Milkers 4-H club will be on hand with pack goats. Reno Rabbits 4-H club will display Angora rabbits and conduct a spinning demonstration. High Sierra Riders 4-H club, with a life-like horse named Jasper, will show us horse markings and play ‘name that part.’
If plant stems are more your style, Cooperative Extension master gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer garden and landscape questions and provide information on second season gardening.
Nutrition and fire professionals from Cooperative Extension will also be there. Veggies 4 Kids will provide basic nutrition education to youth through fun games and prizes. Play ping-pong toss at the Living With Fire Program’s Ember House to learn about embers and wildfire threat, and how to keep your home safe.
Cooperative Extension will not be the only folks at Field Day. The event is held in partnership with the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources and the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station. Field Day is supported by Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the Nevada Agricultural Foundation.
Other agencies will be there, including Western Nevada College; Nevada Grown; the Nevada Department of Agriculture; the Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology; the Natural Resource Conservation District; and more.
Explore the many booths featuring educational information, giveaways and activities. But, while you are there, do not forget to eat!
Pamela Van Hoozer conducts drought research at CABNR. She recommends visiting her at a Natural Resources and Environmental Science booth. There you will find taste-testing of watermelons and tomatoes.
Food lovers will also enjoy the mouth-watering aromas and flavors crafted by local Restauranteur/Chef Mark Estee and Battle Born and All Wrapped Up food trucks. Chef Estee will conduct cooking demonstrations featuring healthy and local foods. The food trucks will be open for business.
All in all, Field Day is more than an event. It features opportunities to see, hear, smell, touch and taste the latest innovations in agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, natural resources and the environment. Field Day is an experience. Do not miss it. For more information, visit http://www.unce.unr.edu/news/article.asp?ID=2334.
Ashley Andrews is the horticulture assistant with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Horticulture questions? Ask a master gardener, 775-336-0265 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit growyourownnevada.com, manageNVpests.info or livingwithdrought.com.