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Free 4-H Science Discovery Institute Feb. 12

January 19, 2011

UNH Cooperative Extension’s state’s 4-H Science Plan is offering a free 4-H Science Everywhere Discovery Institute at UNH on Saturday, Feb. 12.  4-H is looking for youth (age 10 and older) and adults to attend the institute as 4-H science ambassadors.
 
Youth and adult teams will have the opportunity to spend a day of hands-on science learning, interacting with faculty and students as they participate in one of four science education tracks: engineering/physical science, environmental science, food/health science and plant/animal science.
 
Curriculum materials are provided at no cost and youth will explore some of the exciting research going on at UNH. As 4-H science ambassadors, these youth-adult teams will develop a plan to return to their communities and share their experience with other youth in 4-H clubs, schools and other youth programs across the state, expanding the 4-H science excitement.

Any interested youth-adult teams in New Hampshire are welcome to join and participate in this event.
 
4-H youth development is stepping up to the plate to expand science education, one of its three mission mandates (along with citizenship and healthy living). The National 4-H Council has established a major campaign to promote science education called “One Million New Scientists, One Million New Ideas.”
 
For the past two years, 4-H has sponsored a 4-H National Youth Science Day when youth participate in a hands-on experiment on a local level, then share their learning with other youth across the country. 4-H has also expanded a great number of curriculum, training and partnership opportunities for youth to participate in science projects, events and activities.

This 4-H Science initiative has been building steam here in New Hampshire as well. Cooperative Extension’s 4-H youth development program recently received two grants from the 4-H National Council and the Noyce Foundation to expand opportunities for students to experience hands-on science learning.

Four 4-H educators attended a national 4-H science leadership academy and returned with a plan for the Granite State. At the academy, Rick Alleva (Rockingham County 4-H), Claes Thelemarck (Carroll County 4-H), and Michael Koski and Julia Mawson (Hillsborough County 4-H), participated in workshops on professional development, curriculum, evaluation and fundraising topics with science education leaders across the country, gathering a wealth of resources to implement here in New Hampshire.
 
If you are interested in attending the 4-H Science Everywhere Discovery Institute on Feb. 12, or would like more information about 4-H science or other 4-H youth development programs, contact Rick Alleva in Rockingham County at (603) 679-5616 or e-mail rick.alleva@unh.edu or visit http://extension.unh.edu/4H/4H.htm.

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