2018-2019 Mid Year Review - EYE TO THE SKY: Farm-to-School Education at Columbia Borough School District 

Nutritional Farm-Based Initiative with CHI St. Joseph Children's Health 

For the past 4 school years, Heritage Creek Farm Camp has been working with the Education Department at CHI St. Joseph's Children's Health, Healthy Columbia, and Food Service Personnel at Columbia Borough School District to provide a Nutritional-based Agricultural Initiative at the Middle School - Taylor Campus.  Farm-based activities are offered at the school, and students come to the farm for offsite education experiences.  In the fall of 2018 we piloted a program called Mobile Market.  The Mobile Market was set up 4 times at school during the fall and distributed 1300+ lbs. of farm-fresh foods to the students in CBSD.  To learn more about the program click here.

​​​Heritage Creek Farm Camp and Education Center and Lancaster County 4-H are partnering again during 2019 to bring youth ages 8+ the opportunity to participate in a fun and educational STEM engineering challenge: Green Machine: Simple Machines on the Farm! 

During this series of workshops participants will learn about the six simple machines which can be defined as the simplest mechanisms in which all machines are composed ~lever, wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, wedge and screw.  The six simple machines will be introduced in fun and engaging ways that will combine farming activities with STEM concepts.  The accumulative individual or team challenge will be to design, build and demonstrate a Rube Goldberg Project using examples of simple machines! A Rube Goldberg project is a device that uses a chain reaction to accomplish a very simple task in a very complicated manner! 

Youth will meet once a month for four months at Heritage Creek Farm Camp 

June 22 – Wheel and Axle
July 20 – Wedge, Lever and Screw   
August 17 - Inclined Plane and Pulley  
September 14 - Rube Goldberg Project Demonstration & Community Potluck (Family & Friends welcome) 
October 9 - Manheim Farm Show Parade 

Time:  10 am - Noon(ish) 

Youth can participate as individuals or in teams if there are siblings or friends that want to enter together. Youth will be responsible for collecting and purchasing all materials needed for their Rube Goldberg project.  Youth will be expected to work on their design and build their device at home between monthly sessions.

Youth do NOT need to enroll in 4-H to participate but this is a wonderful way to introduce your children to the programs that 4-H offers in Lancaster County.  

Participation Fee: 

$30.00/Individual Participant (Must be 12 or older to participate as an individual)

$50.00/Team Participants (Up to 4 member/team, Students ages 8 - 11 must participant on a team with a minimum of 1 adult participant.) 

All member of your team must be listed on the online registration form along with ages.  Adult participants can list name and state ADULT - no age necessary(: 

Space is limited. Please register early to reserve your spot! 

We look forward to offering this unique activity on the farm this year and are excited to embark on this educational journey with you.  

Questions can be addressed to: 

Cindi Hughes at Heritage Creek Farm Camp            Email:  info@heritagecreekfarmcamp.com          Phone: 717.653.4232

Patti Van Bredorode at 4-H Lancaster County          Email:  pev3@psu.edu                                     Phone:  717-394-6851 


Six Simple Machines & Rube Goldberg Project 

2018 STEM Challange 

From Field to Flight

Pumpkin Chunkin Engineering Challenge

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