In a decade of 4‑H National Youth Science Day, kids have been encouraged kids to unlock their passion for science, engineering technology and math—STEM—to ask the right questions, to be innovators and find solutions no matter how difficult the problem.
This year’s event was no different, as youth put their engineering skills to the test and got moving for STEM! The 2017 “Incredible Wearables” challenge tasked kids with creating their own fitness tracker and testing their custom wearable tech device.
The national celebration was held in Brooklyn, New York, and was hosted by P.S. 21 Crispus Attucks in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
The event opening ceremony was short and sweet, emceed by 4‑H STEM Youth Ambassador Kyra Lee Harry from New York 4‑H, and 2017 4‑H Youth in Action STEM winner Ava Lonneman from Ohio 4‑H. With an auditorium of more than 200 students from schools across the state, youth told their personal STEM stories, national 4‑H NYSD partners HughesNet, U.S. Cellular, and Lockheed Martin partners shared remarks, and 4‑H Grown alumna and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson shared a special video message with the young participants.
Esteemed guest Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate, took the stage to share some inspiration with the “scholars” of the room.
“It’s OK to be a geek,” she shared. “It’s OK to be smart. It’s OK to dream and be anything you want to be… It’s OK to soar.”
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