WHY S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)?
America faces a future of intense global competition with a startling shortage of scientists. In fact, only 18 percent of U.S. high school seniors are proficient in science (National Assessment Educational Progress 2005) and a mere 5 percent of current U.S. college graduates earn science, engineering, or technology degrees compared to 66 percent in Japan and 59 percent in China.
To address increased demand for science and technology professionals, 4-H is working to reach a bold goal of engaging one million new young people in science programs by 2013. Currently, 4-H STEM programs reach more than 5 million youth with hands-on learning experiences to ensure global competitiveness and prepare the next generation of science, engineering, and technology leaders. 4-H’s approach is comprehensive and holistic—from agriculture to climate change to alternative energy—youth are learning about highly relevant complex systems and issues that will ensure their contributions to their communities today and their success as global leaders tomorrow.
The work of scientists and engineers impacts our daily life on so many levels, but sometimes it’s hard to isolate just how those professionals contribute to programs we watch on television or items we see in stores. 4-H uses its projects and programs to help youth understand just how important an interest in science, engineering and mathematics is to advancing our society’s access to new technology. The programs provide a unique opportunity for 4-H members to interact with the community through volunteer activities and avenues for the club to engage new mentors who are local industry experts.
COLORADO 4-H SHOOTING SPORTS PROJECT – S.T.E.M. CONNECTIONS
Colorado 4-H Program: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Activities for the Colorado 4-H Shooting Sports Project
(February 2, 2011)
Information Researched, Authored & Provided by:
Kwang, Brenda – Colorado State University Extension, 4-H Youth Development – Douglas County
Brewer, Perry – Colorado State University Extension, 4-H Youth Development – Kit Carson County