Following a funding commitment, 4-H Canada has announced it will continue its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs for five more years. The extension of the program is made possible through a $500,000 contribution from Bayer Crop Science.
“Our partnership with Bayer is critical to building capacity around STEM for 4-H youth across Canada,” says Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO. “With their unfailing support, we will continue to provide access and maintain interest in STEM in rural communities through our science programs, and to empower youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders that affect positive change in the world around them.”
Through its programs, kids are able to “dive into hands-on, inquiry-based activities” that engage them in science, and support them on their educational and professional pursuits. According to a news release, 4-H says that teens who are a part of 4-H are catalysts for change, and drive innovation in science and technology that are critical for the future of the agriculture industry.
“Some of the increasing issues of Canadian consumers – access to healthy and affordable food and climate change – need to be solved by creative, passionate scientists, and we believe 4-H Canada is the partner to attract and inspire young talent to be the change makers we need now for a better tomorrow,” says Al Driver, country division head of Bayer Crop Science Canada.