4-H National Youth Science Day
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.
Cheven May, 4-H Youth Development Educator in Posey County, participated with students from Cathy Dyson's 4th Grade class at St. Wendel School, and Mindy Dillow's 7th Grade class at Mt. Vernon Junior High School in support of 4-H National Youth Science Day on October 9th.