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Jackson 4-H members compete in STEM Challenge

Jackson 4-H members compete in STEM Challenge

Three Jackson County 4-H teams competed in the “Stem Challenge” held at the North Florida Fair on November 11th.   Youth were challenged to build bridges, using the materials supplied, that could withstand a weigh of six pounds. The senior Jackson 4-H team comprised of Myra Miles, Matthew Speros and Carmen Miller placed first with their bridge design that held 18 pounds.  Jackson 4-H members Chloe and Hayden Kent also participated.  The “Stem Challenge” was the culminating event resulting from participation in the Jackson 4-H Engineering Challenge Day Camp held in July.  The camp was made possible by a grant from HughesNet. STEM at Camp is part of a national effort on the part of HughesNet and National 4-H Council to spark youth interest in STEM topics. Florida was one of four states selected to receive a Summer Camp STEM grant. The other states include Illinois, Maine, and Virginia. This is the third consecutive year that HughesNet has supported STEM at Camp programs and the first year that Florida has been a recipient of this funding.

Back Row Pictured L-R: Ian Miller, Jeremy Speros, Carmen Miller, Sean Miller, Myra Miles
Beau Miles, Matthew Speros, Coach Anita Halling. Kneeling: Collin Miller and William Speros.

First Place Senior Team – (L-R) Myra Miles, Matthew Speros and Carmen Miller.

Plans are already underway to implement this program again in 2018 and a tentative date has been set for the Jackson 4-H Stem Camp of July 25-27, 2018.

Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/4-h/2017/12/13/jackson-4-h-members-compete-in-stem-challenge/