On Oct. 9, millions of young people in Maine and throughout the country will become scientists for the day during the sixth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD). This event, which takes 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 will be 4-H Maps & Apps. Designed by Colorado State University Extension, the activities will turn 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.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host experiment sites across the state. To learn about opportunities to participate in Piscataquis County, to ask for more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.564-3301.
Currently, more than 5 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, engineering technology 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.