Youth enjoy Rock 22 Expo

The Rock 22 Summer Youth Expo, sponsored by the Extension Program, held July 24-28 at Rock 22 Farm and Ranch in Utica, Mississippi was attended by 27 youth ages 13-18.

The agricultural and wellness learning camp covered various topics including:

  • ATV, Farm and Wildlife Safety
  • Forestry (Tree ID/Insect ID/Edible Forge)
  • Wildlife and Fisheries (Preservation/Wildlife/Amazing Animal)
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • Drone Commercial Application Demo/Safety
  • Career Planning Livestock
  • Horticulture (Herbs Container Gardening)
  • Domestic Animals (Horses/Goats/Cattle)

The camp provided enrichment activities and promoted interdisciplinary learning experiences for middle and high school students interested in the industry of agriculture and environmental sciences – with emphasis on career opportunities, emerging technology, citizenship, and leadership development.

Activities were held to encourage, explore and introduce to youth the principles of critical thinking and asking methodical questions, while observing and exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Activities, also, introduced participants to the necessary 21st century skills involved in sharing experiences and improving existing technologies. The skills taught will inspire life lessons and enhance participants’ desires to influence better life choices; thus, creating a better quality of life that will promote positive youth development.

Staff from the Alcorn State University School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Hinds Community College, Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Hinds County Sheriff Department, and Mississippi State University Extension Service were presenters.