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Mission Accomplished! Georgia 4-H Engineering Challenge, Mission Make-It, a Success!
Submitted by: Melanie Biersmith

Over 130 participants accepted the challenge and joined the second annual event, Mission Make-It: Georgia 4-H Engineering Challenge on Saturday, April 8.  This exciting event was held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center and involved an action packed schedule.  The challenges for the day included designing a portable water filtration system and designing a holder to carry soda cans that does not harm the environment or wildlife.  Lunch was served, and day wrapped up with a visit to several engaging exhibits at the showcase and overall reflections.  The middle-school aged participants wrote reflections about their day such as: 

STEM skills I learned today are:

  • teamwork and problem solving skills
  • cooperation, innovation and teamwork
  • it's okay to fail, just keep trying to find a solution
  • thinking outside the box and listening to others
  • communication
  • real-world thinking
  • adaptability
  • how to combine ideas, work as a team, and there are multiple ways to solve a problem

Because of today, I feel:

  • excited
  • empowered
  • more confident and acquainted with STEM
  • curious
  • like STEM is important in the world and it helps us a lot
  • passionate
  • today was amazing, it took time but I got it
  • interested
  • encouraged
  • amazing, and I want to use [STEM] more in everyday life

The program was made possible because of funding support from Lockheed Martin via National 4-H Council.  


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