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4-H Program Explores What Goes Into the Sweets We Find So Sweet

November 24, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio – You love chocolate. Now find out what goes into it for it to taste so good.

Youth curious about the science behind the everyday have the opportunity to attend "Science Saturdays", a monthly Ohio State University 4-H Youth Development program that connects third-to sixth-grade students with University students, faculty and researchers for several hours of hands-on, interactive learning on a wide variety of topics, ranging from nature to food to animals to health.

The 4-H Science Saturdays program began in November. The December session, "The Science of Chocolate," will take place on Dec. 4 with Parker Food Science and Technology researcher Mary Kay Pohlschneider and a session on the science of chocolate. Youth will have the opportunity to see how chocolate is made and sample a few treats along the way.

"There are so many applications of science in our everyday lives that we don't even think about or that go unnoticed," said Sally McClaskey, a 4-H Youth Development program coordinator with Ohio State University Extension. "4-H Science Saturdays is intended to expose youth to the science in the everyday in a fun, hands-on, experiential learning atmosphere."

Each 4-H Science Saturdays session runs from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and begins at the university's Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Fred Taylor Drive. The cost for each session is $5 per child. Pre-registration is required and group size is limited.

For more information on 4-H Science Saturdays or to register contact Sally McClaskey at 614-247-8141 or e-mail, or log on to

Candace Pollock
Sally McClasky