4-H spearheads space camp

Today the Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Development Program and Sheboygan Spaceport complete a week-long STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Camp for middle school youth.

This camp sponsored by Rockline Industries, Curt Joa Inc, and Bemis provides hands-on experience in Space Exploration, Aviation, Robotics and Rocketry.

The Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Development program has embarked in a partnership with Spaceport Sheboygan, a nonprofit, science education facility in our community, to diligently make an impact locally for our future workforce of scientists, engineers, and technology experts.

“With 4-H projects like Aerospace, Robotics, Small Engines, Lego’s and Rocketry as well as hands-on exhibits, NASA artifacts and educational opportunities for students of all ages 4-H is providing young people with the relationships and resources to explore the diversity of science,” says Sarah Tarjeson, 4-H Youth Development Educator in Sheboygan County. “4-H has been able to offer year-round monthly activities to achieve this goal and celebrates 4-H STEM camp to nurture these skills and curiosities.”

The next opportunity to join in the 4-H STEM Project Meetings will be Thursday, August 3rd starting at 6:30 p.m. at Spaceport Sheboygan. The public is welcome. This opportunity will include a showing of the movie Apollo 13, which is about the third lunar mission, providing an opportunity to teach students about several science concepts and the nature of scientific investigation.

The United States is falling dangerously behind other nations in developing its future workforce of scientists, engineers, and technology experts. The Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Development Program is committed to helping to fill the gaps in knowledge and resources needed to develop young people to fill these roles. Across America, the 4-H Youth Development Program is directly connected to the research and resources of the 106 land grant universities and colleges of the Cooperative Extension System. This connection strategically positions 4-H to strengthen US global competitiveness and leadership.

Experiences like these meetings and camps give participants a glimpse of what a career in these industries would be like while they brainstorm ideas, solve problems, and approach challenges using the scientific inquiry model. Each activity encourages creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills in youth and introduces them to opportunities and careers in STEM fields.

For more information on 4-H STEM Camp and other Wisconsin 4-H STEM opportunities, contact Sheboygan County 4-H educator Sarah Tarjeson at sarah.tarjeson@ ces.uwex.edu or visit http://www.uwex.edu/ces/4h/set/index.cfm.

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