On November 4, 2017, 63 youth at-tended the CT 4-H Adventures in STEM Conference at the UConn Storrs Campus. Youth participated in a variety of STEM related workshops and also had the opportunity to have lunch in the Whitney Dining Hall.
Thank you to the UConn faculty, staff and students who provided workshops that day giving youth the opportunity to be introduced to new STEM topics, learn new skills and meet college students.
The following workshops were presented that day:
- Cows, Chips and Farm Animal Genetics—Ashley Smalls and Anna Mckay, UConn Diagnostic Genetic Science
- Understanding Nutrition Fact Labels—Krissy Anderson, Community Nutritionist, SNAP-ed, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences
- Liquid Nitrogen—UConn Chemistry Club, Dept. of Chemistry
- Plant Genetic Engineering, Dr. Gerald Berkowitz, Dept. of Plant Science
- Clicks, Chirps and Buzzes: The Science of Seeing with Sound—Laura Cisneros and Sara Tremblay, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
- Be a Plant Doctor for a Day—Cora McGehee, Dept. of Plant Science
- The Science of Dairy Food Products—UConn Dairy Club, Dept. of Animal Science
- Paradoxical Machines—Engineering Ambassadors, School of Engineering
- LEGO Robotics Design Challenge—Marc Cournoyer, UConn Extension
Sixty three percent of high school graduates are not prepared for college-level science and 57 percent are not prepared for college level math. Only 1 in 5 STEM college students feel their K-12 education prepared them for STEM college courses. 4-H Pro-grams provide youth with hands-on, engaging STEM experiences that build excitement around STEM topics and careers.