4-H'ers working with NDSU Pharmacy trunks

New 4-H Educational Trunk Helps Youth Learn About Pharmacy 

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To facilitate hands-on, project-based learning, the NDSU Extension Center for 4-H Youth Development offers a collection of educational trunks for use by Extension professionals, volunteer leaders and 4-H members. The trunks contain everything needed to lead youth through activities that help them learn about various project areas.  

This fall, the collection gained a new trunk called “The Prescription Puzzle,” an escape room style activity developed by Jeanne Frenzel, professor in the NDSU Department of Pharmacy Practice, to introduce youth to the world of pharmacy.  

The activity engages youth in a series of puzzles that unlock boxes containing clues related to the practice of pharmacy. After solving all the puzzles, youth will have everything they need to make a custom lotion.  

“The new pharmacy trunk is an innovative way to teach youth about the field of pharmacy, educating them about a possible career path they might not have considered before,” says Meagan Hoffman, 4-H youth development specialist. “The trunk aligns with 4-H’s focus on career readiness and is a great way to share NDSU’s pharmacy program with youth.”  

The partnership with the NDSU School of Pharmacy has allowed 4-H to expand its offerings to encompass new areas of career exploration that may spark an interest for 4-H members.  

4-H clubs can reserve “The Prescription Puzzle” trunk and others by contacting their NDSU Extension office.  


Meagan Hoffman, 701-231-7964,