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Reno-Sparks youth to participate in world’s largest, youth-led science experiment

Posted 10/6/2015

2015 4-H National Youth Science Day explores the science behind distracted driving

Reno and Sparks 4-H youth will lead youth at the Truckee Meadows Boys & Girls Club in the eighth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment on Wednesday, Oct. 7, joining hundreds of thousands of other youth across the country conducting the same experiment.

The "Motion Commotion" experiment combines a speeding car collision and a distracted driving demonstration in a simulated activity that investigates the physical and human factors of motion. 4-H National Youth Science Day is the world’s largest, youth-led science experiment.

In the two-part experiment, Reno and Sparks youth will use everyday materials — 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, youth will use the same physics principles to demonstrate the consequences of distracted driving.

Representatives from the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Zero Teen Fatalities Program will also be on hand to talk about the dangers of distracted driving and other risky driving behaviors. The program seeks to educate young drivers about the importance of being safe behind the wheel.

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. In Nevada, 4-H is a program of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, and S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math) learning is incorporated into all programs.

WHO: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 4-H youth will lead Truckee Meadows Boys & Girls Club youth in the experiment

WHAT: 4-H National Youth Science Day "Motion Commotion" experiment

WHEN: 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

WHERE: Truckee Meadows Boys & Girls Club S.T.E.M. Room, 2680 E. Ninth St., Reno, Nev.

Members of the media are welcome and are encouraged to contact the media contact listed below before the day of the event.

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