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Youth and Community Development 4-h StEm EducAtioN for NEw JErSEy youth A range of Rutgers programming in science, technolog , engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics offers

opportunities for outh in New Jerse to see themselves as successful future scientists and engineers. The 4-H Rutgerscience Saturda s program is designed to enrich oung people’s interest and competenc in STEM b having direct interaction with Rutgers facult and graduate and undergraduate students. The da -long program is offered during the fall and spring semesters, primaril on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick, and is a combination of demonstrations, tours, feld experiences, and hands-on activities focused on different STEM themes. The objective is to create opportunities for oung people to experience skills used in a specifc STEM discipline, with the assistance and guidance of Rutgers scientists. Since its launch in 2009, it has offered programs in topics such as geolog , entomolog , oceanograph , food sciences, and environmental sciences. 4-H Rutgerscience Saturda s has also partnered with non-proft outh groups, such as the Atlantic Cit Be Unlimited program, to bring large numbers of underserved outh to its STEM programs. The Lindle G. Cook 4-H Camp, a residential outh development facilit located in Stokes State Forest in Sussex Count and managed b Rutgers Cooperative Extension, launched its frst annual SET (science, engineering, and technolog ) Camp in 2008. For four da s during the earl summer, students from grades 5–8 enjo an overnight camp experience combined with interactive learning experiences in a scientifc course area of their choosing. SET concentrations range from an Ocean Robotics class focused on water ecolog and the construction of remotel operated vehicles to a Craz Contraptions course focused on building Rube Goldberg-esque machines from common items. in addition to achieving master in science courses, campers also enjo classic summer outdoor camp experiences as well as the vital social lessons of living with peers in a communal setting. Facilitators have found that outh who are introduced to camp through their SET experience choose to return to Lindle G. Cook for the week-long Summer Camp program, testimon to the impact of the engaging outh programming offered b Rutgers 4-H.

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