Chevy Chase, MD (February 26, 2014) – Eleven 4-H teenagers from seven states beat out hundreds of their peers to win a technology prize package from Samsung. The teens submitted winning videos about their experience at Summer Science Camps where they participated in interactive, hands-on activities that ranged from computer science and robotics to marine biology and animal science. Their technology prize package includes a Chromebook laptop computer, Pocket Camcorder and Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet.
The students were all attendees of the Samsung Summer Science Program that took place last summer at land grant universities. The program was designed to help more U.S. students excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. To extend the impact beyond the camps, the participating teens also led events in their local communities to introduce more youth to the excitement and opportunities of STEM.
“4-H is committed to exposing more young people to the excitement of science and prepare more U.S. youth to meet the global demand for a trained STEM workforce,” said Christina Alford, executive vice president, External Affairs, National 4-H Council. “We congratulate each of these outstanding young people for being recognized as prominent teen leaders in addressing the STEM crisis in their local communities.”
With a focus on exposing more minority students to STEM subjects, Samsung dedicated funds to cover camp attendance for 460 students from underserved urban communities.
The following contest winners were selected based on how they applied the skills they learned at the camps and used their creativity in sharing that knowledge with others in their community.