Equine Science Center launches youth-centered educational component on its website
New Brunswick, NJ – The Rutgers Equine Science Center is pleased to present Equine Science 4 Kids! - a redesigned, interactive youth component now available on the Center’s website. The component features Lord Nelson, a 37-year old American Quarter horse, as the figurehead guiding youth through the revamped educational component.
“Lord Nelson has witnessed the development of the Equine Science Center and experienced over 20 years of Rutgers University history,” says Dr. Karyn Malinowski, director of the Center. Malinowski brought Lord Nelson to Rutgers University in 1978, where he had a long, storied career at the university before his retirement in 2000. He worked with university police as a mounted patrol horse and entertained thousands of university fans as the horse ridden by the Scarlet Knights football mascot. “Lord Nelson is not only the perfect candidate to help teach budding scientists and young horse enthusiasts about equine science, but at 37 years young, he is truly a testament to the scientific research conducted at the Equine Science Center,” added Malinowski.
The goal was to create an online classroom with Lord Nelson as the lead educator. Although the updated component features interactive elements and will include games, the primary focus is equine science specifically developed for youth ages 10-14 years. The youth component focuses on three modules:
- Healthcare and Nutrition - covering scientific subjects such as the odd things horses eat, aging, and keeping horses healthy
- Exercise Physiology - discussing similarities in how horse and humans exercise, antioxidants, and oxygen consumption
- Horses & the Environment - detailing how horses and humans fit harmoniously in a clean environment.
Equine Science 4 Kids! visitors have the opportunity to email their horse-related questions directly to “Lord Nelson”. All questions will be answered in a timely manner. If Lord Nelson receives the same question repeatedly, the question will be added to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) feature available in each three aforementioned modules.
In keeping with modern times, Lord Nelson also has a blog, “Holy Hoofprints!” to share his thoughts and perspective with Equine Science 4 Kids visitors. Ideally, his blog will consist of “a day in the life of a horse” as it relates to science-type content. Visitors may also join Lord Nelson’s Fan Club to receive email notification of new content, blog entries, and interactive games as they are added to the youth component.
For more information about the new youth component or the Equine Science Center, please email Tiffany Cody, PR Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-932-9419.
About Rutgers Equine Science Center
The Equine Science Center is a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Its mission is better horse care through research and education in order to advance the well-being and performance of horses and the equine industry. Its vision is to be recognized throughout New Jersey as well as nationally and internationally for its achievements in identifying issues in the horse industry, finding solutions through science-based inquiry, providing answers to the horse industry and to horse owners, and influencing public policy to ensure the viability of the horse industry.
For more information about the Equine Science Center, please visit www.esc.rutgers.edu