I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving, filled with good food and relaxing times with your closest loved ones. It was a cozy dinner at my house: my older daughter home from college (tested, quarantined, blah), my son from Anchorage, and my youngest daughter (vegetarian, so preparations for a big dinner, are even more involved). An elaborate game of Apples to Apples lasted over 3 hours, which allowed for a little digestion and room for pie.
**Congratulations to Joseph H. for placing 3rd in the Mars Rover Solar STEM Challenge! He had a really cool obstacle course that he put his rover through. You can check out his video HERE. We rounded off the STEM Challenge with a Meet the Scientist event last week. We hosted Dr. Ralph Lorenz, planetary scientist. He chatted with the kiddos about his work on planetary rovers with NASA. Thanks to our partner at Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) for the October challenge, and to our partners with the UAF Arctic and Earth SIGNS project, who bring us the great connections with NASA!
We have a few things happening this month in the MatSu/Copper River 4-H District
A few clubs are starting to think about meeting in-person, and I appreciate all the safety training they have gone through to keep our kiddos safe and engaged. If you are interested in in-person meetings, please reach out to me and we can get the process moving. Alternately, if you want to meet via video conference (yes, I know we are all sick to death of them, but we need to hang in there for a bit longer), please let me know and I can get you set up for that.
For those clubs that have not yet sent me your club annual financial statements from the 2019-2020 4-H year, please get them in! Otherwise I will start hounding you and you will get sick of me real soon. For those that have sent them in already THANK YOU!!
I am putting out a call-out for photos and success stories of your 4-H youth and leaders for a newsletter that will go out early in the new year. Please send me photos, stories, quotes....anything you would like to share with everyone else!
Thanks everyone and have a great week!