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4-H National Youth Science Day

Posted: October 9, 2013

On October 7, 2013, Washington County Council participated in the 2013 national science experiment called MAPS & APPS.
Washington County Council members with their map and 4-H educator Pamela Paletta

Washington County Council members with their map and 4-H educator Pamela Paletta

For more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching young people about science, engineering technology and math (STEM).  In an effort to continue to grow the next generation of STEM leaders, 4-H will focus hundreds of thousands of young people on GIS/GPS for the sixth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day.  4-H Maps & Apps is a set of activities that will turn young people into geospatial thinkers as they design and map their ideal park, use GIS mapping to solve community problems and contribute data about their community to the United State Geological Survey.

On Monday, October 7, 2013, county council members participated in the 4-H Maps & Apps experiment.  They broke down into groups and mapped out their park and then they put all their maps together and noticed how their maps overlapped one another.  They learned they needed to communicate with one another to plan their perfect park.  They also learned the importance of mapping in communities. 

If your club would like to do the Maps & Apps project please give Pamela Paletta a call at 724-228-6881 or email her at plp3@psu.edu

Below is pictures of the event.

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