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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (August 18, 2010) – As summer slips away and with school around the corner, Vermont students tuned up their science skills with the UVM Extension’s 4-H Science, Education and Technology (SET) program.
A $3,000 grant from FairPoint Communications funded the hands-on education for youth throughout Vermont.
“It’s been a wonderful opportunity for kids,” said Debbie Fajans, the SET project leader for UVM Extension. “Our goal with this program is to show kids that science is not just a classroom subject but a fascinating part of their daily lives, and this new program helps us do that.”
Youth involved in 4-H SET programs can learn about many subjects, including digital photography, flight (including model rockets and remote controlled airplanes), engineering design, astronomy and veterinary science.
The UVM 4-H Youth Development Program has a presence in every county in Vermont, and last year delivered programs free of charge to 6,107 youth aged 5-18. 4-H programs are cooperatively developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Vermont Extension and other land-grant colleges across the country, and local communities. 4-H creates opportunities that promote positive youth development.
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