STEM YOUniversity 2019 Highlights
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is a career area that holds great demand and promise for our youth in Arizona and across the country. The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension 4-H program is collaborating statewide in preparing the next generation of STEM innovators leady by Kim Christman Associate Area 4-H Agent, Daniela Cabrera, Monique Torres, Dr. Jerry Lopez 4-H STEM Specialist, and several other 4-H staff.
The Biofuels camp introduced youth to careers in biofuels and environmental sustainability, while also conducting biofuel-related experiments in a laboratory. Youth engaged with area specialists to learn more about current applications of biofuel experiments and the overall impact of environmental sustainability.
LEGO Robotics Camp
The Robotics Camp introduced youth to engineering and computer programming to design, build, and program small-scale Lego robots. Tim Lonchar and Eric Thoutt, the Robotics Camp leaders, enjoyed helping youth to ignite their STEM spark by creating unique LEGO robotics challenges. There were two one-week camps that middle school age youth participated with.
The SaferFoodCats program introduced youth to career pathways in Food Safety while experiencing working in a real-world food safety laboratory. Youth had the opportunity to engage with area experts, such as Jasmine Lopez an AmeriCorp member, Gloria Villa Barbosa, and Shaira Perez.