|All day-Jun 12th||UNL Extension Tractor Safety Courses Offered Across Nebraska E-Free Church, Ainsworth|
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at seven locations in Nebraska during May and June.
Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm other than their parents'. Certification through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with mechanized equipment.
The most common cause of death in agriculture accidents in Nebraska is overturn from tractors and all-terrain-vehicles (ATV), said Sharry Nielsen, UNL Extension Educator and course instructor, and are topics covered in-depth in the class work. Mark Hinze, also a UNL Extension Educator and course instructor, will teach the mechanical, safety, and maintenance aspects of tractor operations.
"Instilling an attitude of ‘safety first’ is a primary goal of the course,” Nielsen said. "where youth have the chance to learn respect for agricultural jobs and the tools involved."
Classes consist of two days of instruction plus homework assignments. Classes are from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. each day. Dates and locations include:
-- May 24-25, Fairgrounds, Kearney
-- May 31-June 1, Haskell Ag Lab, Concord
-- June 4-5, Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff
-- June 7-8, West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte
-- June 11-12, Evangelical Free Church, Ainsworth
-- June 14-15, Fairgrounds, Beatrice
-- June 18-19, College Park, Grand Island
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at least one week before a location's start date to Site Coordinator’s Extension Office. Cost is $60, which includes educational materials, testing, supplies, lunches and breaks. For more information, contact the Extension Office or Sharry Nielsen at (308) 832-0645, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first day of class will consist of intensive classroom instruction with hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test that must be completed satisfactorily before the student may continue driving tests the next day. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Homework will be assigned to turn in the next day.
The second day will consist of testing, driving and operating machinery. Students must demonstrate competence in hitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course as well as hitching PTO and hydraulic systems.
|9:00 am-Jun 15th 5:00 pm||Weather Camp HARDIN HALL|
What is Weather Camp?
Weather Camp is a week-long day camp for students who are ages 11-14 at the time of the camps. The camp will take place Monday June 11, 2012 - Friday June 15, 2012 and will run from 9am - 5pm each day. On Friday June 15, 2012, in the evening, we will have a picnic for our campers and their families followed by a program in Hardin Hall where awards will be given and campers will be able to showcase their activities from the weather camp week. During the week, campers will get to use instruments to make their own weather observations, meet forecasters at the National Weather Service, learn about the local weather of Nebraska from tornadoes to blizzards, visit the office of Emergency Management, learn about storm preparedness, learn about weather and climate related careers, and visit a TV weather studio to watch the news and weather live in the studio.
Where is Weather Camp?
Most events at Weather Camp 2012 will take place at Hardin Hall, which is located on the East Campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hardin Hall is located at the intersection of 33rd and Holdrege Street. A few field trips are planned and will require travel to local places. Permission to travel will be required and transportation will be provided for the campers.
Weather Camp 2012 Scheduled Activities:
* Visit a National Weather Service Forecast Office
* Meet weathercasters and watch a TV Weathercast live in the TV studio
* Tour the Severe Weather Emergency Operations Command Post
* Meet a Storm Chaser who does research with an instrumented Drone aircraft
* See the movie "Forces of Nature" in a full dome Planetarium theater
* Explore past climates at the Nebraska State Museum
* Meet several weather and climate scientists
* Learn about weather, climate and other science careers
* Conduct actual weather experiments in our lab and outside using instruments
* Play the Weather Jeopardy game with a Warning Coordination Meteorologist