Children at the Rahway Public Library got a fun introduction to the principles of the scientific method this summer from a group of volunteer Union County 4-H Science Ambassadors. The projects included blowing bubbles and a simple “ski slope” demonstration.

“The 4-H Science Ambassador program helps young people to feel confident about their ability to gain knowledge through research,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “That’s an important first step to a STEM career, and our 4-H Science Ambassadors are to be commended for providing the next generation of scientists and engineers with support and encouragement.”

4-H is a national youth development program. In Union County, 4-H is supported by the Freeholder Board, Rutgers University’s Cooperative Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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The Science Ambassador team consisted of high school students Christopher Stradford, Ana Rita Oliveira, Patrick Yurick, Manpreet Nagra and Vladimir Lee of Rahway, Keziah White of Cranford, Kyle Grant of Union and Camille Herbert of Plainfield.

To prepare for their Rahway Library presentation in July, they attended the 4-H Summer Science Program at Rutgers University earlier in the month. They lived on campus at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences during the one-week program, learning about scientific investigation as it relates to current issues and challenges.

The 4-H Science Ambassador program was sponsored by Rahway Public Library, Rahway High School and the Samsung Corperation.

For information the 4-H Science Ambassador high school program, or to join a 4-H club for students in grades 1-12, contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County 4-H Youth Development Agent James Nichnadowicz at jnichnadowicz@ucnj.org or 908-654-9854, or come to the annual 4-H Open House on September 18.

Details on all 4-H programs are available online in “County Visions,” the Union County 4-H Summer/Fall brochure, at ucnj.org/rce.

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