Manchester, NH and Chevy Chase, MD – April 17,2009 — National 4-H Council today announced it is creating a new Alliance with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to reach new youth across the nation and expand existing 4-H robotics programs. This exciting new alliance is designed to foster more opportunities for youth to explore science, engineering and technology (SET) careers by providing them with hands-on, team-based experiences through the designing, building and programming of robots. Brought together by the shared pursuit of inspiring an appreciation of science and technology in young people throughout the nation, 4-H and FIRST will work together to promote scientific learning and the building of confidence and life skills among all K-12 youth.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills. Read more about the Impact of FIRST. FIRST® , FIRST® Robotics Competition, and FIRST® Tech Challenge, are registered trademarks of FIRST® (www.firstinspires.org), Used by special permission. All rights reserved. FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. are jointly held trademarks of FIRST® (www.firstinspires.org) and the LEGO Group, Used by special permission. All rights reserved.
About 4-H in NJ
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law. Rutgers Cooperative Extension encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you need special accommodations, have questions about physical access, or require alternate means for program information, please contact your local Extension Office. Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is an Equal Opportunity Program Provider and Employer. The 4-H Name & Emblem is protected under “18 USC 707.”