The Catonsville STEMsharks had an exciting 2014! We elected our first Youth Officers – many thanks to Alli Kitchell, Issy Stephen, Adele Smith, Jude Stephen and Wyatt Broscious for leading us through our first year! During our 10 monthly meetings we experimented with such topics as DNA, pantographs, squishy circuits, moon phases, aeronautics/model rockets, nanotechnology, friction and balance with ziplines, and agsploration with food safety. In addition, we had our First Annual May Frenzy where we had a great time learning about compass mapping (as well as eating lots of pizza and cookies!), and our First Annual Rocket Launch in cooperation with the National Model Rocket Association. We also participated in the National Youth Science Day and the Rockets to the Rescue activity – congratulations again to Kathleen, Georgina and Amelia for their winning rocket! In addition, our Secretary published an article about our Club in the Catonsville Times – thanks Jude! We also introduced monthly challenges including growing crystals with rock candy, studying plant growth with carnations, the Hour of Code challenge, a chicken wing experiment from Amelia (thanks Amelia!), air and light pollution, and many others. Nicolas earns a mention for completing and presenting pretty much every challenge we gave him – great job Nicolas! Thanks to Freya and Isak’s dad the Club sponsored a Stream Survey project in cooperation with the Patapsco Heritage Greenway and we’ll be hearing from several of our members presenting that project tonight. Dino also did a project on Video Game Programming and Gabe did a project on hover crafts – great job Dino and Gabe! Lastly, thanks to our Club Leaders we have a website where we can all share photos and find out the latest information on Club activities. I told you 2014 was an exciting year for the Club!
For 2015, we already have several activities planned. Tonight we will elect our new officers, and on May 16 we’ll have our Second Annual Frenzy at the Tire Park. We already have two guest speakers coming to do activities with us – a 4H staff member will lead us through another National Youth Science Day activity, and Mr. Raykovics from Hillcrest who will be teaching us about flying machines in June! We already have two Club-sponsored projects lined up – one on computer programming, led by Dino and Isak, and one on robotics. We hope to enter a team in the FIRST Lego Robotics competition next fall! We also might offer a Club-sponsored project on wildlife habitat if membership is interested. Lastly, all Club members will be completing projects for 2015 and we hope many members will enter their projects in the fair this summer. It looks like it’s going to be another exciting and fun-packed year, and we’re just getting started!
Authored by: Catonsville STEMsharks 4-H Club