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  • 4-H is the youth development program for the Extension System of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Land-Grant Universities. The mission of 4-H is to teach youth about citizenship, leadership, and life skills so that they develop into competent, caring, compassionate, and contributing citizens.  Even though the 4-H program is traditionally agriculture-based, today 4-H programming reaches across a wide variety of youth interests, from archery to horses to horticulture to public speaking, as well as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

    Each day, youth across the state of Maryland are:

    • Exploring – by participating in hands-on STEM learning experiences through the Maryland 4-H Youth Development Program.  4-H STEM programs range from animal, plant, and human sciences to robotics, engineering, and computer technology.

    • Empowered – through these experiences youth, ages 5-18, see first-hand how they can make an impact in their community and in the world using the wonders of science.

    • Inspired – Maryland 4-H programs spark kids’ imaginations and long-lasting passions for STEM so that they pursue science careers and become the next generation of scientists.

    In 2014, the University of Maryland Extension office at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore started the first ever 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) team for Maryland.  Charged with engaging area youth in the many program areas within the STEM fields, the team has established offices in each of the tri-county areas of the lower Eastern Shore. During 2014, the 4-H STEM team reached over 2,070 youth through in-school enrichment, after school programs, 4-H clubs, and camps!