Youth Lab Brings S.T.E.A.M.to Cooperative Extension

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – The Cooperative Extension Program at Prairie View A&M University will host the 2011 Career Awareness and Youth Leadership Laboratory at Prairie View A&M University on August 2in the Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension building. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. with registration and will feature multiple workshops focused on the 4-H thrust towards Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M).

Gail Long, interim program leader – 4-H & Youth, Cooperative Extension Program, said “The Youth Lab  is designed to give participants an opportunity to display their leadership skills and have fun and learn at the same time.  The event will be held one day only this year with youth attendees from Waller, Harris, Fort Bend, Grimes and Washington counties.”

To reflect the Youth Lab’s theme, Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead, workshops include creating digital images, using robotics, building a device used to measure wind speed (anemometer), and doing the proper things to stay healthy.  One of the workshops will also focus on identifying various species of owls.

“The Career Awareness & Youth Leadership Laboratory is one of our major 4-H events held annually for young people ages 13 to 16,” said Long. “We are committed to this tradition of providing experiential learning opportunities for youth as well as exposing them to college life and various careers that can be pursued in the agricultural and human sciences.”

An awards assembly where scholarships to deserving students will be presented is the culminating activity for the day’s schedule.

Contact Gail Long at 936/261-5119 or visit pvcep.pvamu.edu for more information about the 2011 Career Awareness & Youth Leadership Laboratory.

Writer: Dontrelle Caldwell, PVAMU Business Marketing Major and Gloria J. Mosby, program director – Communications PVAMU Cooperative Extension Program

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