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TEXARKANA, Ark. –
October is a big month for Arkansas’ more than 120,000 4-H members. Not only is a
national 4-H month, but also it’s the Arkansas 4-H Month of Service and encompasses
4-H National Youth Science Day on Oct. 5.
“4-H is one of the nation’s best known youth development programs,” said Priscella
Thomas-Scott, 4-H events coordinator for the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture. “Whether the 4-H member participates through a school program or an
after-school club, the aim is the same: learning by doing.”
That learn-by-doing philosophy takes many forms, she said.
“4-H can help Arkansas’ young people become more engaged in science and technology,
and learn life and workforce skills such as public speaking or welding,” Thomas-Scott
said. “National studies have shown that 4-H members are more likely to enroll in college
and be better positioned to be contributing citizens.”
In Arkansas, the Month of Service was implemented in 2014 as an opportunity for 4-H
members to give back to their communities. Projects included cleanups of natural areas
and collecting and donating goods for food pantries across Arkansas.
Each year’s Science Day project is geared toward getting youth to develop solutions
to real world problems. This engineering challenge centers on unmanned aerial vehicles,
or drones. Youth will learn everything from in-flight dynamics, aircraft types, flight
safety and regulations, remote sensing and flight control.
Youth will conduct the experiment at hundreds of local events taking place in all
50 states, and in countries around the world. National 4‑H Council will host the flagship
national event, with hundreds of youth participating in the challenge on October 5
in Washington, D.C. The national sponsors of 2016 4‑H NYSD are HughesNet®, Lockheed
Martin and U.S. Cellular.
“What’s so exciting about 4‑H NYSD is that it’s a hands-on, interactive learning experience
that uses cutting-edge topics from the real world to get youth excited about science,
technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president
and CEO, National 4‑H Council. “For many kids, this experiential approach to learning
ignites an interest in STEM topics that can quickly grow into a passion. Facilitating
this progression—from interest to sustained passion—is what 4‑H STEM is all about.”
What 4-H can do
As a youth development program, 4-H is effective. Research done over a 10-year period
found that 4-H members are:
To learn more about 4-H contact your county extension office.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Samantha Kroll County Extension Agent - 4-HThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division f Agriculture
Media Contact: Samantha Kroll County Extension Agent - 4-H
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension
office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible
persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national
origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information,
or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity