On Wednesday, October 22nd, Gordon Library hosted an event in partnership with the 4-H Youth Development Program of UMass Extension, the Center for Agriculture. Despite a very rainy evening, the event was well attended by club members and families interested in participating in 4-H. The library showcased some treasures from the Archives, including Robert Goddard’s lab coat and his briefcase along with a selection of metal parts from his experimental rockets. A brief history of rocketry was given by Jackie Mushinsky and several WPI students spoke about their project work at WPI. The 4-H robotics club, whose leader is a WPI senior, demonstrated the robot that the club members built and used in several competitions during the past year. Kim Pond, UMass Extension Educator and 4-H S.E.T. Liaison, led a hands-on project, where those attending built “stomp rockets” and had a chance to try them out. The launch apparatus is made from 2 liter bottles and plastic tubing – very creative! All involved enjoyed an evening that was both educational and fun!
Links are included below to more information relevant to the event:
4-H National Youth Science Day: http://www.4-h.org/4-h-national-youth-science-day/
Robert Goddard: http://www.wpi.edu/about/history/goddard.html