Ready. Set. Map it! Millions of young people became geospatial scientists for the day during the sixth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) on October 9th. This event, taking place in urban, suburban and rural communities all across the nation, seeks to spark an early youth interest and leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers in an effort keep America competitive in those fields.
This year, the National Science Experiment, 4-H Maps & Apps, designed by Colorado State University Extension, turns young people into geospatial thinkers as they design and map their ideal park, use GIS mapping to solve community problems and contribute data about their community to the United States Geological Survey. Hundreds of events took place around the country on October 9th. Many more are planned and will happen in the coming days and weeks.
Currently, more than five million young people across the nation participate in 4-H STEM programming in topics as varied as robotics, agricultural science, rocketry, wind power, environmental science and alternative energy.
For more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching young people about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 4-H National Youth Science Day is the premier national rallying event for year-round 4-H STEM programming, bringing together youth, volunteers and educators from the nation’s 109 land-grant colleges and universities to simultaneously complete the National Science Experiment.
Young people in 4-H excel beyond their peers. According to a longitudinal study conducted by Dr. Richard Lerner at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, when compared to their peers, young people involved in 4-H:
Learn how to conduct the experiment with this user-friendly video. Watch or download here.
Applications for the 2014 National Science Experiment is now underway. Download the Request for Proposal.
Includes all materials needed to complete Activity 1 in the experiment guidebooks. Order a Kit
Discover 4-H Maps & Apps with youth and facilitator guides. Download the Guides
Prepare for 4-H Maps & Apps with a Geospatial Webinar. Learn More
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