November Means 4-H SPIN Clubs

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This month, Union County 4-H will introduce two new 4-H SPIN (special interest) clubs. SPIN clubs are a new concept, but volunteers and families have found these much easier than traditional clubs. SPIN clubs provide the opportunity for youth to learn about various subjects – as many as they would like to – for a short period of time. Each SPIN club meets a minimum of six sessions. 

In November, the Loom Knitting and Robotics SPIN Clubs will begin and end in February. The Loom Knitting SPIN Club is led by 4-H Program Assistant Leah Joyner who has years of experience knitting and crocheting. This club is for any child who has ever wanted to learn how to knit. They will have the chance to learn in a simple type of knitting. Throughout the club’s sessions, youth will learn about the tools used to loom knit, the various types of yarn to use for a project, and how to make a basic hat. Knitting is a relaxing hobby for people of all ages. The club is for youth between the ages of 8 to 18 years old. The first meeting is on November 19, but we ask everyone to pre-register to make sure we have enough materials. The registration cost is $25. If you have any questions, contact Leah at 704.283.3740. 

The 4-H Robotics SPIN Club is led by 4-H Agent Crystal Starkes for youth in grades 3rd to 6th to learn about robotics using the LEGO WeDo 2.0 for this year’s First LEGO League Jr. competition – Boomtown. As a member of the club, youth will learn new skills and ideas, the use of innovation and persistence to solve problems, the connection to real-world problems and develop solutions, respect to each other and how to embrace differences, team-building skills in a non-traditional environment, and celebrate success. The meetings will be held at the Union County Ag Center. The first meeting is Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $50 which covers the cost of the competition materials and kit. Registration is required for participation. Youth may do so by contacting me at 704.283.3735. 

There are a lot of opportunities coming up for Union County 4-H and we look forward to seeing your future 4-Her at the events.