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Homeschoolers and 4H-- some new programs related to the sciences!
Amber Shollenberger, 7/1/2010

Editor's Note from Susan Richman: I was delighted to get this note from Amber Shollenberger, one of our PHAA homeschool grads-- it's always exciting to see what fields homeschoolers move into in their lives. Amber and her older sister were both very involved in 4H during their growing-up years, taking many state awards for projects with sheep and wool especially-- so I loved hearing that Amber is now working fulltime for the national 4H office.  

Dear Dr. and Mrs. Richman,

I’m not sure if you remember me, but I was a 2005 PHAA graduate. Both my older sister, Ashley (2000), and I graduated through PHAA ceremonies in Harrisburg, PA. I went on to obtain my B.A. from the Penn State University in 2009, and today I work for the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, MD (right outside of Washington, D.C.).

I am contacting you today to see if there if there are any opportunities to connect homeschoolers in Pennsylvania with 4-H, specifically with 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD). Created to combat a shortage of American young people pursuing science college majors and careers, 4-H National Youth Science Day seeks to spark an early youth interest and leadership in science. 4-H year-round, out-of-school programming is developed by the nation’s 109 Land-grant Universities and is implemented through the 3,100 local Cooperative Extension offices across the nation. This year, NSYD will take place on October 6 during National 4-H Week. I have attached some materials with more information about it. You can also visit our Web site: https://www.4-h.org/NYSD/.

Currently, more than 5 million young people across the nation participate in 4‑H science, engineering and technology programming in topics as varied as robotics, rocketry, wind power, GPS mapping, agricultural science, film making, water quality and biofuels. And, through the One Million New Scientists, One Million New Ideas campaign, 4‑H has undertaken a bold goal of engaging one million additional young people in science, engineering and technology programming by 2013.

This year’s 4-H National Youth Science Day has been jointly sponsored by Toyota, John Deere and IBM.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like more information.

Thank you!!

Amber Shollenberger

Marketing & Communications

National 4-H Council

7100 Connecticut Avenue

Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

Phone: 301.961.2913|Fax: 301.961.2974|Mobile: 301.385.7766




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