ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Angela Williams, an Alabama Extension 4-H youth development specialist, and other leaders from Kentucky, Alabama, West Virginia and Texas recently received a $5,000 grant from the National 4-H Council and the Toyota USA Foundation. This grant will be used to conduct a youth science day.
About the Initiative
The 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) grant will aid in training 10 teen teachers in Madison County. The future Teens as Teachers will participate in a summer Science, Technology, Reading, Agricultural and Mathematics (STREAM) camp for 300 rural and underserved third and fourth graders.
The students will use resources from the NYSD kit to complete hands-on and minds-on STEM activities. Williams and two urban regional Extension agents with extensive knowledge in STEM areas, will lead and conduct the summer camp. As a result, youth will improve their knowledge in STEM practices and disciplines.
The overarching goal of this initiative is to empower teen leaders and to reach youth who may not otherwise pursue STEM disciplines or careers. Toyota employees will also interact with students during the camp.
Williams leads Alabama Extension’s STREAM program that encourages youth to explore STEM subjects and careers. STREAM focuses on enhancing reading skills as well. Consequently, by adding reading activities, youth will better understand text that often appears in content subject areas such as science and technology.
“I look forward to working with these young people and expanding Alabama Extension’s outreach to future STEM leaders,” Williams said.
Training will begin once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.