Area youth are invited to attend the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Day Camps that will be held July 18 and 19 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds.

Youth will learn the Engineering Design Process taught by UNL STEM Outreach Interns.

July 18 activities: Wired for Wind – discover engineering design and wind physics through building, testing and calculations using small wind turbines; Monsters – make a plush monster with light up eyes using circuits of conductive thread; Mining for ChoCOALate – discover renewable and nonrenewable resources and sharing limited resources using cookies.

July 19 activities: Solar Cars – discover engineering design through building and testing solar powered cars; Paper Circuits – explore electrical circuits using conductive tape, paper and a battery; Food, Fuel and Fiber – discover sugar chemistry and the structure of sugars, starches and celluloses, culminating in how the body rapidly breaks down starch into sugar in a wet chemistry experiment.

Participants may attend one or both days and the workshops are intended for youth ages 8 to 15. It is limited to the first 25 registered. Cost is $10 per day for 4-H members and $15 per day for non 4-H members. For more information or to register call the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email Registrations are due by July 14. These day camps are partially funded by the Cherry County 4-H Foundation.

Science, technology, engineering, and applied mathematics form the STEM program priority. Nebraska 4-H works to develop science interests, skills, and abilities in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental stewardship, and technology, of youth across the state. Through STEM programs, youth develop positive interests and attitudes about science and related careers, gain a base knowledge of science content and their projects, apply science to their 4-H projects, utilize science skills and abilities to solve everyday situations and teach others about science related to their projects.  STEM programs help youth process information, analyze complex problems and make informed decisions regarding current agricultural, environmental, energy, and technology related issues, and seek out higher education opportunities and careers related to science.

Through STEM programs youth develop important life skills, including: decision-making, problem solving, critical thinking and wise use of resources.

Check out the link below for a flyer.

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