4-H STEM Festival returns, youth takes interest in STEM related fields


PRINCESSES ANNE, Md. – On Saturday at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension, they brought back their 6th annual 4-H STEM festival, giving local youth a chance to interact and learn about various STEM activities.

The event highlighted fields in technology, engineering, digital media, agriculture, and much more. Educators tell us, they want more kids to become interested in math, science, and technology-related fields.

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Ward Museum, Pocomoke State Forest, Maryland Conservation Corps, and more, and UMES organizational groups such as the American Fisheries Society and National Society of Black Engineers were all in attendance of the event.

The stem festival gave kids hands-on experience to spark their interest. Whether it was talking to NASA officials, learning about animals, or even riding a bike to make a smoothie.

Brad Hartel,  the UMES 4-H educator for Wicomico County says, “It’s something to let youth see what kind of stuff they can get into, what they can learn about, the excitement that it is.” Hartel adds, “So really getting to see them interact with the different exhibits the different professors that kind of stuff and see that kind of smile pop up on their face.

Hartel also tells 47 ABC, they hope to continue growing the festival each year.

If you’re interested in getting involved with any of the programs, you can contact your local extension office.

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