Youth in Camden County 4-H joined millions of young people across the nation to become scientists for the day during the sixth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) Nov. 2. This annual event seeks to spark an early youth interest in science and future science careers, and to reclaim the nation's position of leadership in scientific exploration. As part of 4-H NYSD, youth participated in 4-H Maps & Apps: the 2013 National Science Experiment.
Participants applied basic GIS principles and became geospatial thinkers as they designed and mapped their ideal park, used GIS mapping to solve community problems and contribute data about their community to the United States Geological Survey.
“Our nation is falling behind other countries in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math," Michele Kroll, 4-H Youth Development Specialist." However, participation in high-quality positive youth development programs like 4-H offers youth and adults the opportunity to engage in scientific exploration and work together to build the next generation of our nation's scientists, engineers and mathematicians."
To combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and occupations, and to enhance the nation's contribution to the sciences, 4-H National Youth Science Day demonstrates that science, engineering, math and technology are fun and attainable options for college degrees and future careers. Currently, more than six million young people across the nation participate in 4-H science, engineering, technology and applied math year-long programming.
4-H’s university research-based science curriculum, combined with new initiatives like 4-H National Youth Science Day, arms young people with the necessary technical skills to help America maintain its competitive edge in the global marketplace. For more information about 4-H in Camden County contact 573-346-2644.
4-H, the largest youth development organization, is a community of seven million young people around the world learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. In the U.S., 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Overseas, 4-H programs operate throughout more than 50 countries.