National 4-H Council received a generous gift from Massachusetts-based Philips North America in support of 4-H science programming and 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) in July of this year.
4-H NYSD is the premier national rallying event for year-round 4-H science programming. The event brings together hundreds of thousands of youth from across the nation to complete a single, innovative science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) related activity in an effort to spark an early interest in STEM education and careers. This year, 4-H National Youth Science Day, held on Wednesday, October 9, focused on youth exploring geospatial thinking and mapping technologies.
At the center of the 4-H/Philips partnership is an employee engagement initiative that will be implemented in several states including Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas and Washington through the Philips Cares community outreach program. Throughout the year, Philips employees will mentor and interact with 4-H young people to work on their science projects while also introducing 4-H’ers to their work, as well as some of the company’s innovative initiatives.
As part of the 4-H/Philips partnership, Philips employees will meet with local 4-H youth and program leaders, volunteer at 4-H clubs as speakers and participate in science workshops. In addition, the “Philips Career Day” will give 4-H youth an opportunity to tour company offices and learn about the work of the various departments. Finally, Philips will host a 2013 4-H NYSD event at locations in each of the five states.