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Tennessee 4-H awarded $10,000 sponsorship for summer camp STEM experience

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University of Tennessee Extension has been awarded one of four $10,000 sponsorships from HughesNet to implement a "Summer Camp STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Experience" during Junior 4-H camp this summer in Columbia, Crossville and Greeneville. During Tennessee 4-H Junior Camp, youth statewide will experience STEM through a series of hands-on stations at 4-H Camp.

Summer Camp STEM Experiences are part of a national effort to spark youth interest in STEM education. The other states selected to receive a Summer Camp STEM grant include Colorado, Kentucky and Missouri.

Youth at this year's Junior 4-H Camp will learn through intentional STEM camp activities. Examples will include the energy of zip-lining, the ecology of wildlife and nature and the science of archery.

National 4-H Council and HughesNet are dedicated to sparking an interest in STEM topics early, through hands-on, community-based STEM learning. In addition to Summer Camp STEM Experiences, HughesNet works with National 4-H Council to support STEM programs such as the 4-H Youth in Action STEM Award, National Engineering Week and National Youth Science Day – the world's largest youth-led science challenge that engages young scientists from around the country. The effort includes a focus on communities where resources for science-focused community programs are often limited.

4-H, the nation's largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. A program of the Cooperative Extension System and USDA, 4-H serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3,000 local Extension offices. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. In Tennessee some 4,500 youth from across the state are expected to attend 4-H Camp this summer.

Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.

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Learn more about 4-H at http://www.4-H.org, find 4-H on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/4-H and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/4H.

To learn more about Tennessee 4-H, visit the website 4h.tennessee.edu

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

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Patricia McDaniels
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