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Bring the World of STEM to Afterschool Programs

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The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds educators that the Design It! and Explore It! STEM series for afterschool programs is once again available through Rutgers 4-H Youth Development.

“The Design It! and Explore It! series enables afterschool programs to introduce science, technology, engineering and math skills in a supportive and fun environment,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “These lessons help build confidence in tackling STEM challenges at a young age and encourage a lifelong interest in STEM topics.”

Afterschool programs that register for the Design It! or Explore It! series will receive professional development, curriculum guides and materials kits needed to implement team-based engineering and science projects in an afterschool or out-of-school setting. Rutgers 4-H Youth Development also provides ongoing support and technical assistance.

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The two series were developed by the Education Development Center, Inc. in Boston and the National Partnerships for After School Science, with the support of the National Science Foundation.  Rutgers leads the National Partnerships program in New Jersey.

Educators can visit the Design It! and Explore It! website at nj4h.rutgers.edu/stem-training for more details. For additional assistance contact Chad Ripberger at ripberger@rce.rutgers.edu or call 609-989-6830. Applications are due by June 15.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders supports 4-H through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, which offers 4-H Clubs for students in grades K-12, and the Master Gardeners, Master Tree Stewards and Environmental Stewards civic service programs for adults.

Information on all Extension programs is available online at the Union County website, ucnj.org/rce.

To join a Union County 4-H club or volunteer to lead a club, contact Jim Nichnadowicz, Union County Extension Agent, at jnichnadowicz@ucnj.org or 908-654-9854.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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