Summer youth activities abound

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Though they may be out of school, youth in Wisconsin have a chance to keep their minds and bodies active while learning about science, technology, engineering and math. This summer, Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development, in partnership with the Kern Family Foundation, will host more than 30 week-long Gateway Academies around the state, giving youth a fun, hands-on opportunity to develop new skills. Included in that number are two all-girls Gateway Academies, one in Dane County July 18-21 and one in Sheboygan County July 25-29.

Wisconsin 4-H has offered Gateway Academies across the state since 2008. More than 400 youth attended the camps last year. The week-long day camps show middle school students new aspects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The camps also introduce youth to opportunities and careers in STEM fields. Camp activities encourage useful critical thinking, creative problem-solving and collaboration skills.

Youth at the camps can experiment with rocketry and robotics, explore alternative energy through projects like solar cars and wind turbines, and learn about eco-friendly design using recycled materials. Each project incorporates basic scientific principles, like physics and energy, while giving campers an opportunity to see some of the real-world applications of what they’re learning.

To find a Wisconsin 4-H Gateway Academy in your area, check out: http://4h.uwex.edu/set/engineering_gateway.cfm or contact your county UW-Extension office.

For more information on Wisconsin 4-H STEM, visit http://www.uwex.edu/ces/4h/set/index.cfm

Source: University of Wisconsin


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