Wednesday was 4-H National Youth Science Day. The annual event seeks to spark youth interest in science and future science careers with 4-H youth participating this year in a national science experiment called 4-H Maps & Apps, according to Don Floyd president and CEO of the 4-H Council. The youth organization maintains a solid connection to farming, said Floyd.
“Agriculture is probably one of the more high-tech industries that we have, and so engaging young people in whether it’s designing seed or using food science or running a farm, science and agriculture go hand in hand probably more than any other industry,” Floyd told Brownfield Ag News Wednesday.
This year’s experiment will introduce young people to geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Specifically, it encourages young geospatial thinkers to design and map their ideal park, said Floyd.
“The experiment itself is more to use kind of your creativity as a kid in designing open space solutions around a park, and they upload them to a server and you can look at other kids’ designs,” he said.
National Youth Science Day demonstrates that science, engineering, math and technology are attainable options for college degrees and future careers, according to the National 4-H Council.
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