Chevy Chase, MD (PRWEB) February 26, 2014
Eleven 4-H teenagers from seven states beat out hundreds of their peers to win a technology prize package from Samsung. The teens submitted winning videos about their experience at Summer Science Camps where they participated in interactive, hands-on activities that ranged from computer science and robotics to marine biology and animal science. Their technology prize package includes a Chromebook laptop computer, Pocket Camcorder and Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet.
The students were all attendees of the Samsung Summer Science Program that took place last summer at land grant universities. The program was designed to help more U.S. students excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. To extend the impact beyond the camps, the participating teens also led events in their local communities to introduce more youth to the excitement and opportunities of STEM.
“4-H is committed to exposing more young people to the excitement of science and prepare more U.S. youth to meet the global demand for a trained STEM workforce,” said Christina Alford, executive vice president, External Affairs, National 4-H Council. “We congratulate each of these outstanding young people for being recognized as prominent teen leaders in addressing the STEM crisis in their local communities.”
With a focus on exposing more minority students to STEM subjects, Samsung dedicated funds to cover camp attendance for 460 students from underserved urban communities.
The following contest winners were selected based on how they applied the skills they learned at the camps and used their creativity in sharing that knowledge with others in their community.
To learn more about 4-H science initiatives, visit http://www.4-h.org/science.
4-H 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 the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In the United States, 4-H programs are implemented by 109 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension through more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, 4-H programs operate through independent, country-led organizations in more than 50 countries.
Contact: Kinetra Joseph, National 4 H Council, 301-961-2942, kjoseph(at)4-h(dot)org