From ordering groceries online to using a smart phone’s navigation system, most people come in contact with technology on a daily basis. Having young people trained and comfortable with technology devices is part of the mission of the Georgia 4-H Technology Team.
A state-wide group of middle and high school students, the Georgia 4-H Technology Team’s goal is to increase the use of computer technology in 4-H including videography, photography, podcasting, website development, blogging, and graphic design. Youth may also explore GIS/GPS and geocaching topics, and learn how satellites contribute to the technology field.
Young people are invited to apply to serve in this leadership role, and selections are determined by a youth’s experience with technology, 4-H interests, and willingness to learn and teach new information. Two youth from Liberty County 4-H were chosen to be members of the 2019 Georgia 4-H Technology Team. Kelly and Kye Lachowsky, a brother-sister pair from Hinesville will be part of the group this year.
“Technology is so important to the world, and I’m excited to learn about coding and 3D printing,” Kye, a 7th grader at Snelson Golden Middle School said. Older sister Kelly, a homeschooled high school student, reported “being part of Tech Team will allow me to expand my knowledge on various projects such as videography, blogs, and graphic design … all the while working together with other peers, who share a common interest. Sharing this opportunity with my younger brother just makes me even more excited.”
Programs such as the Technology Team are just one of the many opportunities offered in 4-H that builds leadership, citizenship, and life skills in young people.
“Digitally literate people are seen as leaders in the workforce, so teaching young people these skills at an early age is important,” Liberty County 4-H Agent Kasey Bozeman said. “Not only will Kelly and Kye gain this knowledge, but I hope they come back to Liberty County after their training weekends and teach this information to their peers.”
Liberty County 4-H offers a variety of educational and competitive events for youth in grades K-12. For more information, please call 912-876-2133 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.