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4-H National Youth Science Day

Rockets to the rescue!

On October 8, 2014, 4-H youth across Minnesota and the country will become scientists for a day for the seventh annual 4-H National Youth Science Day!

In light of the recent natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, this year youth participating in 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) will have one mission: design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims.

4-H NYSD is an exciting, interactive learning experience that engages thousands of youth across the country in conducting the National Science Experiment. The goal is to spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year's Rockets to the Rescue experiment will help youth learn engineering concepts, develop math skills, learn about nutrition and help solve a relevant, global issue.

Why 4-H NYSD?

STEM is the wave of the future. Experts credit technological innovation with almost half of U.S. economic growth over the past 50 years, and nearly all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM. But, America is falling behind. Today, the United States ranks 27th among developed nations with college students receiving science or engineering degrees. Only 1% of fourth-graders, 2% of eighth-graders and 1% of high school seniors are deemed "advanced" in science. Only 45% of U.S. high school graduates in 2011 were ready for college work in math and 30% were ready in science.

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact your county 4-H program coordinator. Find contact information here.

Find more information about the 2014 4-H National Youth Science Day and order kits today.

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