July 28 - Aug. 1


Where: Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center (White Lake, MI)
       White Lake Road
       5200 Indian Trail
       White Lake, MI 48386


Time:    9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ages:    12-18
Cost:    *Early Registration Amount: $100 (May 16 - July 4th)
             *Normal Registration Amount:  $120 (July 5th - July 18)

*Registration Includes:

  • T-Shirt
  • Lab Fees
  • Material Fees

*Registration does not include the following

  • $10 4-H Member Registration (if not a 4-H member in 2014)
  • Lunch is not provided
  • There is a $7 dollar daily park entry pass for Indian Springs Metropark (not included).
  • A $30 annual pass can be purchased that is valid at all Huron-Clinton Metroparks
    (DELHI METROPARK, DEXTER-HURON METROPARK, HUDSON MILLS METROPARK, HURON MEADOWS METROPARK, INDIAN SPRINGS METROPARK, KENSINGTON METROPARK, LAKE ERIE METROPARK, LOWER HURON METROPARK, METRO BEACH METROPARK, OAKWOODS METROPARK, STONY CREEK METROPARK, WILLOW METROPARK, WOLCOTT MILL METROPARK)

Cancellations received after July 11 will incur a $20 cancellation fee.


Who should attend?

Youth interested in hands-on interactive and experiential learning activities

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Discovery
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • FUN 

What is the theme for 2014?

4-H Eco-Challenge 2014 “Biomimicry”

Nature has created some amazing things:

Spiders that create web silk as strong as the Kevlar used in bulletproof vests Engineers could use such a material—if it had a long enough rate of decay—for parachute lines, suspension bridge cables, artificial ligaments for medicine, and other purposes.

Other research has proposed adhesive glue from mussels, solar cells made like leaves, fabric that emulates shark skin, harvesting water from fog like a beetle.

Probably the most well-known example of biomimicry is Velcro.

Velcro is widely known example of biomimicry. You may have worn shoes with velcro straps as a youngster and you can certainly look forward to wearing the same kind of shoes in retirement.

Velcro was invented by Swiss engineer George de Mestral in 1941 after he removed burrs from his dog and decided to take a closer look at how they worked. The small hooks found at the end of the burr needles inspired him to create the now ubiquitous Velcro. Think about it: without this material, the world wouldn't know Velcro jumping — a sport in which people dressed in full suits of Velcro attempt to throw their bodies as high up on a wall as possible.

"Biomimetics." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 May 2014. Web. 15 May 2014.

"7 Examples of Biomimicry: Burr = Velcro." MNN. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2014.

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

Contact: Jason M. Scott
Email: jscott@msu.edu 
Phone: 248-858-0892
Website: www.4hecochallenge.com
Twitter: @4HEcoChallenge
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/4HEcoChallenge