One Million New Scientists. One Million New Ideas.™
The United States is falling dangerously behind other nations in developing its future workforce of scientists, engineers, and technology experts. To ensure global competitiveness, we must act now to prepare the next generation of science, engineering, and technology leaders.
The 4-H Youth Development Program—with its direct connection to the research and resources of the Cooperative Extension System’s 106 land-grant universities and colleges— is strategically positioned to strengthen US global competitiveness and leadership.
4-H will address our nation’s critical challenge by preparing 1 million new young people to excel in science, engineering, and technology by 2013. Currently, 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology programs reach more than 5 million youth with hands-on learning experiences to encourage young minds and fill the pipeline of young leaders proficient in science. To read more about the National 4-H SET initiative visit the National 4-H site at www.4-H.org.
Louisiana 4-H offers many exciting programs and opportunities for youth to get involved in science, engineering and technology. From veterinary science to shooting sports science, engineering and technology principles are used. In 2008 middle school youth experienced the Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology camp where they learned about robotics and rocketry, energy, wetlands, GPS, outdoor skills and forensic science. Teens participated in educational tracks and contests at the annual 4-H University in forensic science, outdoor skills, bio-engineering, aquaculture, automotive engineering, computer simulation, entomology, environmental conservation, forestry, horticulture, plant science, photography, fashion, and much more.
Check with your local parish to find out about exciting local programs. Many parishes offer rocketry and robotic workshops, SET clubs for youth, weekend science camps, shooting sports clubs, marsh maneuvers and more.
Teachers, club leaders, 4-H members, and volunteers can find additional SET resources here.