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Youth to Explore Drones in World’s Largest Youth-Led Engineering Design Challenge

Youth to Explore Drones in World’s Largest Youth-Led Engineering Design Challenge

Auburn , Ala. –Drones are revolutionizing the way we work and play, whether you are a filmmaker looking for the perfect aerial shot, a rescue worker mapping damage from a natural disaster or a farmer determining how to increase crop yield.

“As drones play an increasingly important role in the world around us, 4‑H National Youth Science Day (NYSD), set for Oct. 5, introduces youth to the burgeoning field of drones in a hands-on, interactive design challenge,” said Tony Cook, a 4-H specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

About 4-H National Youth Science Day

4‑H NYSD is the world’s largest youth-led engineering design challenge, drawing nearly 100,000 participants in 2015. This year’s challenge, is called Drone Discovery. It will teach youth a wide variety of topics related to unmanned flight. Topics include flight dynamics, aircraft types, safety and regulations, remote sensing and flight control.

The hands-on, three part engineering design challenge allows youth to experiment with fixed and rotary wing designs, explore the concept of remote sensing and dive into the world of coding for real-world drone applications.

Youth will conduct the experiment at hundreds of local events in all 50 states, and in countries around the world. National 4‑H Council will host the flagship national event, with hundreds of youth participating in the challenge Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C. National sponsors include HughesNet®, Lockheed Martin and U.S. Cellular.

“4‑H NYSD uses cutting-edge topics from the real world to get youth excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4‑H Council. “For many children, this experiential approach to learning ignites an interest in STEM topics that can quickly grow into a passion.

All youth are invited to participate in 4‑H NYSD. Find additional information at www.4-h.com/nysd.

Engineering design challenge kits are available for pre-sale at the 4‑H Mall. Each kit is equipped with all the materials necessary for 10 youth to complete the experiment, including instruction booklets for both youth and adult facilitators.

Every year, youth complete in more than 5 million 4‑H STEM projects in robotics, agricultural science, rocketry, wind power, environmental science and alternative energy.

A recent Tufts University study revealed that 4‑H programming gets young people more connected to science. According to the study, 4‑H’ers are two times more likely to participate in STEM programs during out-of-school time (Grades 10-12). Girls in 4-H are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school activities.

About 4‑H

4‑H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. Programs empower nearly 6 million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4‑H is the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System and USDA. It serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3,000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4‑H collaborates with independent programs to empower 1 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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