Millions of young people across the nation will become geospatial scientists this week during the sixth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD), scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9. This event seeks to spark an early interest in science and future science careers, and to bolster the nation’s leadership position in scientific exploration. As part of 4-H NYSD on October 9, youth will participate in the 2013 National Science Experiment: 4-H Maps & Apps.

Designed by Colorado State University Extension, 4-H Maps & Apps introduces youth to the importance of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) as they use an important GIS technique called “layering” to map and design their ideal park.

The growing fields associated with GIS and GPS are driving demand for critical thinkers who can harness and understand geospatial technology. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, GIS and GPS are ranked among the fastest growing occupational fields in the nation.

4-H National Youth Science Day is the premier national rallying event for year-round 4-H science programming that reaches millions of young people each year. The event brings together youth from throughout the nation to complete a single, innovative science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) related activity to expose young people to exciting new science topics and ultimately drive STEM workforce development.

Several hundred events are planned across the country at multiple locations, including elementary and middle schools, colleges and universities, 4-H, youth, community, science centers, as well as National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.   

4-H National Youth Science Day will again bring science exploration to life for young people in fun and interactive ways,” says Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “By providing proven out-of-school time science programming, like 4-H NYSD, youth are given the opportunity to solve real world problems in a hands-on way that will ensure their contributions to their communities today and their success as global leaders tomorrow.”

The 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day partners include Lockheed Martin, Philips, Toyota, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, John Deere, Donaldson Filtration, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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