Lively activities, interactive demonstrations, vibrant stage performances and an array of food choices await visitors on the New Brunswick campus on Rutgers Day, Saturday, April 28. This is a great day to be delighted and amazed by activities arranged by Rutgers departments, clubs and other organizations. It is also a day for the Rutgers NJAES off-campus, organized through county Cooperative Extension offices, to come together on a state-wide basis to highlight some of their programs.
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program will be hosting several activities on the George H. Cook, College Avenue, and Busch campuses throughout the day. For the first time, several busloads of county 4-Hers will be visiting the Cook campus to partake in the Ag Field Day events. 4-H families from Newark will be hosted by Essex County 4-H and as part of a mentoring program, Monmouth County 4-H will be hosting 21st century high school students. Whether you are a dog lover, science geek, or aficionado of the arts, these activities offer something for everyone.
For the first time, the ten 4-H robotics clubs from around the state will come together for Robo Expo, a robotics activity in partnership with the Rutgers School of Engineering. This event will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the front lawn of the School of Engineering on the Busch campus. The 4-Hers will get a tour of the Engineering School and see a demo of the Rutgers competitive robot, the RU solar car, and the Rutgers Formula Racing Team. At 1 p.m. visitors can enjoy the SuGO Challenge. SuGO is the not-so-ancient art of building Sumo Wrestling Robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS. Teams will build Sumo robots and then provide demonstrations of their finished products.
Imagination in Action, the Expressive Arts 4-H program at Rutgers Day, is in its third year of showcasing the creative self-expression of New Jersey 4-Hers. A non-competitive informal 4-H arts showcase, Imagination in Action is located on Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Jersey 4-Hers are invited to share their talents in visual, performing and media arts. In addition, members of the Expressive Arts Outreach Club of Rutgers will engage youth in a variety of 4-H expressive arts activities such as storytelling, jewelry making and music. From noon to 2 p.m. in the Zimmerli Museum's Rutgers Collection of Original Illustrations of Children's Literature, Expressive Arts 4-H will engage young museum visitors in interactive arts activities related to Starbaby and Popcorn, two books by Frank Asch that are featured in the exhibit.
The 4-H Dog show has been one of the flagship events of Ag Field Day for over 25 years. Beginning as a small three-ring event run by the former Cook College Veterinary Science Club, the event was eventually taken over completely by 4-H and is now a ten-ring event. This is the state's largest 4-H program, attracting 4-H participants from over 15 New Jersey counties. 4-H dog club members and Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club will participate in dog obedience and agility demonstrations. The Dog Show begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs through most of the day. It takes place on Skelley Field on the George H. Cook campus. The 2012 show will feature 190 dog handlers involved in over 300 entries, involving Showmanship, Obedience & Seeing Eye, Rally, Canine Good Citizen and Agility.
The State 4-H Teen Action Council involves 4-H members, grades 9-12, from around the state who are already leaders in their clubs and their communities and want to expand their 4-H career. They will be selling sunflowers to help support the group as well as exhibiting some of their live 4-H project animals - a rabbit, a chicken, and perhaps a reptile. Learn about the basics of pet care, as well as how to become involved in the 4-H program. Free 4-H Clover Tattoos and educational information will be available at their table on Red Oak Lane on the George H. Cook Campus. Remember, where there is 4-H learning, there is fun!
This collegiate group is based on leadership and service, not only here on campus but across the state. The group will be selling ices to raise funds for projects in which they are involved throughout the year. They will also have information on how students can sign up to participate in the club and its activities here at Rutgers. Come to Red Oak Laneand talk with the members about their career choices and their experiences.
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