TEXAS 4-H AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
4-H Youth Learn New Skills During Texas 4-H Technology Team Meeting By: Chamonix Mejia, email@example.com Contact: Dr. Toby Lepley, 979-‐845-‐1212, firstname.lastname@example.org COLLEGE STATION – In early November, members of the 2012-2013 Texas 4-H Technology Team met in College Station for their initial fall Face-to-Face meeting, including __(Insert Name Here) from __(Insert City/Town Here). Members were recently selected from a pool of applicants to be a part of the statewide team, consisting of 13 youth members and 5 adult advisors, and came from far and near to attend the meeting. The mission of the Technology Team includes assisting at Texas 4-H Roundup, giving presentations at both the Texas 4-H Volunteer Conference and the California State Leadership Conference, and promoting technology in the 4-H program. The conference convened from November 2 – 4, 2012, and began with introductions of the new and returning members followed by discussing expectations for the upcoming year. On Saturday, the members were given a presentation on event photography techniques, as they will be using these skills throughout the year. Following that presentation, the members had the chance to experience some emerging technologies like the TEES “mLife” Mobile Healthcare Research Vehicle. Christopher Kocmoud, a team adult advisor, demonstrated this unique vehicle to the team and discussed its role in future medical care. The next presentation was held on the Texas A&M Campus where they toured the “Viz Lab”, learning the many opportunities within the College of Architecture’s Department of Visualization. This was the first time for many to visit the Viz Lab, and several have even determined it to be a place for their future endeavors. Later that evening, the Technology Team had another session brainstorming their team goals for the year. Throughout the weekend, the Technology Team learned that technology is the future. Besides advancing in learning several new programs, the 4-H’ers had the chance to interact in different ways with technology. The Texas 4-H Technology Team is a state-wide leadership group of the Texas 4-H Program. Members are selected to serve a one year term based on their involvement and interest in technology and its integration into the 4-H Program with the possibility to serve a second term. Youth members of the state Technology Team include: Brianna Brumfield, Laredo; Dalton Claussen, Huntington; Natalie Criscione, College Station; Austin Grant, Valley View; Callie Herring, Briggs; Kaitlyn Kilpatrick, Copper Canyon; Shelby Kilpatrick, Copper Canyon; Jonathan Kocmoud, College Station; Stephen Kocmoud, College Station; Charles Leano, Nederland; Chamonix Mejia, Laredo; Timothy Reid, Lubbock; Taylor Young, Emory. Adult Leaders of the Tech Team include: Christopher Kocmoud, College Station; Dr. Toby Lepley, Texas 4-H & Youth Development Specialist, College Station; Ms. Dee Lee Smith, Van Zandt County CEA-FCS, Longview; Amy Tischendorf, Greenville; and Mr. Kevin Wentzel, Cypress. Membership on the Texas 4-H Technology Team is available each and every year to all 4-H members 14 years and older who complete an application and submit it for selection. Applications are located on the Texas 4-H Technology Team website at: http://tx4htech.org.