Rutgers scientists aren’t NJ’s only experts on cranberries: Meet the young “Cranbassadors”

What happens when you have an engaged scientist and an agriculturally-minded teacher and you put them together in a parent-teacher conference? The Cranbassadors program is the brainchild of NJAES Extension Specialist in Plant Pathology Peter Oudemans and Mullica Township teacher Barbara Rheault who wanted to connect students to the local agriculture of the Pinelands. Student Cranbassadors are well versed in the science behind growing cranberries, as can be seen in this NJEA Classroom Close-up, NJ video.

Seeing Eye club members talk toils and joys of raising puppies

Abbey Hartman cried for two days after being separated from her puppy Nestle. These tears, however, turned into tears of joy soon when she reminded herself that Nestle would help a visually impaired person take control of his or her life. "I can imagine how hard it will be with Nestle," Hartman said. "But there is nothing but pride in my heart." Hartman, a Rutgers Business School junior, is the treasurer of the Rutgers University Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club. The organization trains puppies to be Seeing Eye dogs for the visually and physically impaired.

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Rutgers Wraps Up Annual STEM Enrichment Program for Underserved Youth

Participants enjoy the closing luncheon of the sixth annual Rutgers Summer Science Program.

Participants gather before the start of the closing luncheon for this year’s Rutgers Summer Science Program.

The sixth annual Rutgers Summer Science Program, sponsored by Samsung, held its closing luncheon on July 11 at the Neilson Dining Hall on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick, wrapping up a weeklong campus enrichment experience for over 60 high school students, grades 9 to 12, from across New Jersey. This year’s cohort was drawn from Essex, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic and Union counties.

It’s hard to imagine when you experience this smoothly-run luncheon for the teens and their families, complete with student poster presentation lining the walls of the dining hall that this pre-college residential program for teens from underserved communities across New Jersey did not exist six years ago.

Chad Ripberger, Rutgers 4-H agent from Mercer County, co-founded this program with his colleague Janice McDonnell, 4-H SET agent, creating an active, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) environment for youth in a campus setting. Following a week of activities, taught by Rutgers faculty and graduate students on a range of topics, the teens return to their local communities as newly-minted Ambassadors, armed with a number of skills that they will pass on to other youths in their home communities. [Read more…]

Belleville High School students participate in summer science program

Samsung awarded 16 Belleville High School students, along with 40 youth from New Jersey, a full scholarship to participate in the 4-H Samsung Summer Science Program at Rutgers University-New Brunswick campus in early July…These students were to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math; explore research occurring on Rutgers campus; and gain a better understanding of opportunities available in STEM fields. The students would also explore opportunities at Rutgers University, experience campus-life, and gain a better understanding of how to best prepare for post-secondary education.

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Education wrapped up in nature’s glory makes learning fun

If the great outdoors represents the world’s largest education facility, then a small swath of land on the grounds of the city’s history weighted Trent House proved an interesting classroom…In between our oohs and ahhs of the aforementioned discovery by Master Gardener Louise Senior, Children’s Home Society day tripping youngsters enjoyed open-aired learning as a part of a 4-H Mercer County Initiative. 

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