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Washtenaw 4-H participates in distracted driving project

ANN ARBOR, MI -- Interested youth in Washtenaw County will join hundreds of thousands of youth across the world in leading the eighth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) experiment. This year's experiment, called "Motion Commotion," will combine a speeding car collision and a distracted driving demonstration in a simulated activity that investigates the physical and human factors of motion.

Washtenaw County youth and families are invited to participate as the two-part "Motion Commotion" experiment is conducted on Sunday, October 4, 2-4 p.m., at the Ypsilanti District Library, Whittaker Rd. branch.Participants will use every day materials – including a toy car, modeling clay, ruler, calculator and cell phone – to explore physics in the real-world. In the first phase, youth will construct a simulated runway to analyze the speed, momentum and kinetic energy of a car in motion, and will explore the science behind the car's collisions. In the second phase, they will lead an experiment that uses the same physics principles to demonstrate the consequences of distracted driving.After the experiments, time will be spent spotlighting the many ways Washtenaw County youth can engage in 4-H Science programs year-round.

4-H NYSD is the world's largest, youth-led science experiment. The national rallying event for 4-H Science, 4-H NYSD is an interactive learning experience that gets youth excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The 2015 activity was designed by Oregon State University Cooperative Extension in partnership with Vernier Software & Technology and selected as the winning experiment for the eighth annual 4-H NYSD.

Throughout the first week of October, youth across the country will conduct the "Motion Commotion" experiment at hundreds of events taking place nationwide. National 4-H Council will host the flagship national event, with hundreds of youth participating in the experiment on October 7 in Washington, D.C. The national sponsors of 2015 4-H NYSD are Hughes (HughesNet satellite Internet), Lockheed Martin and U.S. Cellular.

A recent longitudinal study conducted by Tufts University, The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, revealed 4-H programming does indeed get young people more connected to science.According to the study, 4-Hers are two times more likely to participate in science, engineering and computer technology programs during out-of-school time (Grades 10-12) and 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

Every year, youth complete more than 5 million 4-H Science projects in robotics, agricultural science, rocketry, wind power, environmental science and alternative energy. To learn more about 4-H NYSD, visit

To reserve your spot at this free NYSD event, contact Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Development Programs at 734-997-1MSU (ask for Sheri) or email by Thursday October 1.