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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New Jersey Teens Delve into STEM Learning at Rutgers

The Rutgers Summer Science Program partners with Samsung to give high school students from underserved communities in New Jersey an opportunity to explore different areas of science. See how the 2014 program intrigued budding student scientists.
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New Jersey 4-H Youth Develop Skills at Leadership Washington Focus Conference

LWF delegates at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center

LWF delegates at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center

Fifteen New Jersey 4-H youth are ready to take on the challenges of leadership in the 21st century after experiencing the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Leadership Washington Focus (LWF), an intensive 4-H leadership development program for middle-school youth. The conference was held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from July 15-19.

The four-day 4-H conference provided 135 youth and 30 adult chaperones from 15 states with the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in experiential learning that boosted leadership competency in the four key areas of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and confidence. In addition, the LWF conference also prepared youth to return home with important skills to make positive changes in their own communities. [Read more...]