BROOKINGS, S.D. - Enrollment is now open for the South Dakota 4-H Science of Agriculture program. The Science of Agriculture program and contest is designed to expose youth in grades 6-12 to the research process. Winning team members each receive a $1,000 scholarship.
"The Science of Agriculture project begins with a question developed by a team of teens early in the school year designed to address a community-based problem. Then, through hands-on research, data evaluation and working with experts and professionals in the field, the team collaborates to find solutions," explained Christine Wood, SDSU Extension 4-H Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Field Specialist.
Through the program youth work in teams of three to four to identify a real world agricultural issue that is important to them/their community.
They then work under the guidance of a coach to research the issue and develop a solution.
As they progress through their project, youth are paired with industry and university mentors who provide topic expertise.
Upon completion of their project, participants attend a statewide event to present their 4-H Science of Agriculture projects. Their projects will be evaluated by a team of industry and university professionals.
"This project also connects youth with representatives from South Dakota State University, SDSU Extension as well as agribusiness professionals in their community. So, it is a good way for the next generation of agriculture and science leaders to network," Wood said.
Deadline is October 15, 2018
To register a team for the 4-H Science of Agriculture project and contest, the team coach must fill out the registration information at iGrow.org/events on or before October 15, 2018.
For a project timeline, additional information, as well as a Quick Start Guide and coach and mentor information, visit the 4-H Science of Agriculture page.