Black Hills Stock Show offers youth activities |

Black Hills Stock Show offers youth activities

BROOKINGS, SD – South Dakota Cooperative Extension educators from western South Dakota will host the third annual “Kids Take ‘Stock’ in Science and Agriculture” program at the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo in Rapid City.

The program is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 1-2 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 3-5 at the concourse of the Sutton Rodeo Zone in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service is partnering with both South Dakota Ag in the Classroom and Operation: Military Kids on the program.

The program is geared towards elementary-aged kids from schools and home-schooled children. Any youth attending the Black Hills Stock Show also will be able to participate. The program features hands-on activities in the areas of science and agriculture presented to kids who might not get those opportunities elsewhere.

The program offers eight stations for students to visit. Each station takes about 5-8 minutes to give kids a quick idea of the principle at the station. Teachers receive packets for possible lesson plans to supplement what the kids experience at the show.

Stations for this year’s program include “Soil pH” where kids will test the acidity in soils using flavored soft drinks; “Who’s Got Milk?” where they will milk “Queenie” the cow; “Saving Makes Sense,” where youth will do coin rubbings and learn what a difference saving even a small amount can do; “Rock ‘n Roller Coasters” where kids will determine which marble coaster will complete a certain task; and “Hovercraft Surprises” where youth will test hovercrafts to determine which type will go the farthest and straightest.

Youth also will have the opportunity this year to participate in a community service project for Operation: Military Kids. They will have a chance to make tied fleece blankets for the children in families that will be affected by the upcoming military deployments in the area. With a greater focus being placed on the importance of service to one’s community, these youth will get to see and experience firsthand what it is like to help others. The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service is providing funding to make this program possible.

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For more information about the Extension program at the Black Hills Stock Show, call or visit your county Extension office. Or call Extension 4-H/Youth Development Educator Jessica Eikmeier at 605-837-2133, or e-mail her at: