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National Youth Science Day 2013 MAPS & APPS!!!

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Get ready for 4-H Maps & Apps

4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day. 4-H Maps & Apps will introduce youth to the power of geospatial technologies and their unique ability to help us understand and improve our communities.

Developed by Colorado State University Extension, this exciting activity will engage young people in ways to improve our environment with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

The experiment will test the ability of young people to:

  • Use geospatial skills to create the ideal neighborhood park

  • Become a community planner by using maps and layers to investigate and solve real-world problems, and

  • Contribute data and their community to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map through The National Map Corps project.

Save the date!

This annual youth science event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, and will bring 4-H'ers together from all around the nation to complete this single, innovative activity.

Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for STEM education and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers.

Get Your Experiment Guide Books and Kit!

To download the 2013 National Science Experiment Youth and Facilitator Guides as well as other key resources, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website: www.4-H.org/NYSD

The 2013 National Science Experiment kit will be available for pre-sale beginning on Wednesday, June 26th on the 4-H Mall website, www.4-HMall.org

Need Training?

In preparation for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day, the NAE4-HA Geospatial Taskforce, in partnership with National 4-H Council and Esri, is pleased to offer a series of 30-minute webinars aimed at increasing an educator's level of comfort in conducting 4-H geospatial activities. As a result of participating in the webinar series, participants will:

  • feel more knowledgeable to lead or train others to lead a NYSD geospatial activity;

  • feel more knowledgeable to lead or train others to lead additional geospatial activities.

Dates of the 4-H NYSD GeoWebinar Series are July 25, August 8, August 22, and September 5, 2013. All webinars are free and will be held from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. Click here to indicate your interest and to receive more details on the webinars.

4-H NYSD Has Great Support

National 4-H Council would like to thank our generous partners Lockheed Martin, Toyota, Motorola, John Deere, Donaldson Filtration, Philips and the U.S. Geological Survey for their support of the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day and year-round, 4-H Science initiatives.

Next Steps

We are currently working to build out a wide variety of promotional materials, two new additional GIS activities for this year, an animated "How-To" Video and much, much more. Stay tuned for more news and updates as we move through the summer.

Looking forward to seeing all of your great, creative events and photos this year!