September 19, 2017

News Release

For Immediate Release

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Youth to Explore Wearable Tech for 4-H National Youth Science Day Stem Challenge

Youth from throughout New Jersey will join approximately a hundred thousand youth across the country to explore wearable technology during the 10th annual 4‑H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge. This year's challenge, called Incredible Wearables, introduces youth to the expanding field of wearable technology, in a hands-on, interactive design challenge.

Designed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Incredible Wearables allows youth to work together to design, build, and refine a wearable fitness tracker that is easy–to–use and aesthetically appealing. Incredible Wearables will teach youth a wide variety of skills related to engineering a wearable device including building circuits, integrating sensors, designing a viable product, and interpreting health data.

4‑H National Youth Science Day is the world's largest youth–led engineering design challenge, drawing nearly 100,000 participants in 2016. In addition to the events in counties throughout New Jersey, youth will conduct the challenge at hundreds of local events in all 50 states, and in countries around the world. National 4‑H Council will host the flagship national event on October 4 in New York City. The 2017 4‑H NYSD national partners are HughesNet, Lockheed Martin, and U.S. Cellular.

4‑H, the nation's largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4‑H offers educational programs to all youth in grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law. 4‑H programs empower nearly six million young people across the United States and over 40,000 youth in New Jersey through experiences that develop critical life skills. For more information about 4‑H programs and events, visit the New Jersey 4‑H website at www.nj4h.rutgers.edu

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Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an qual opportunity program provider and employer.

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