UMES hoping for in-person AgDiscovery summer program

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Registration for the free University of Maryland Eastern Shore AgDiscovery summer program is open.

UMES said this will be the university’s 9th summer putting on this two-week program.

Students in grades 8 to 11 have the opportunity to explore agricultural sciences.

The university also said those students will gain knowledge about related careers, like veterinary medicine and food production.

Usually, the students stay on campus during the program.

But, due to COVID-19 they may have to make a shift to a virtual experience.

We are told if they are able to have the program in person, it would be helpful to students who are doing virtual learning this school year.

“So, if we’re able to provide an in person program I think it would really help the students just to be able to interact with their peers while they are living on a campus college and just experiencing that campus life at the same time learning about agriculture,” Corrie Cotton, a research assistant professor in UMES’ Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, said.

Cotton said the program will go from June 13 to June 26.

She added that if they do have to go virtual she hopes to be able to buy kits and materials so kids can do the hands-on projects at home that the teachers are doing.

Students must apply to the program by March 25.

Visit www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery to get the application package. For more information, contact Corrie Cotton at 410-651-6630.

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