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4-H Youth Take On Water Quality and Environmental Issues
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This story was sent to us by Victoria Houghton of the National 4-H Council:

Today, Wednesday, October 6, hundreds of thousands of young people throughout the nation will simultaneously conduct a three-tiered science experiment to learn how heightened levels of carbon dioxide can impact water quality. As part of 4-H National Youth Science Day, youth will participate in 4-H2O: the 2010 National Science Experiment.

This year’s experiment, designed by North Carolina A&T University, will teach young people how increased amounts of carbon dioxide can affect aquatic animals, plants and other living organisms in lakes, streams, rivers and oceans. Using workbooks and online guides, the nationwide experiment will also help youth relate their 4-H National Youth Science Day experiences back to their own lives by teaching how to measure a carbon footprint and estimate energy savings by looking at gas and electric bills.

To combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and occupations, 4-H National Youth Science Day works to spark an early youth interest in science and science careers. 

The National 4-H Center is located at 7100 Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, just over two miles from the Friendship Heights Metro station. 

Currently, more than five million youth across the nation participate in 4-H science, engineering, technology and applied math year-long programming. Through the One Million New Scientists, One Million New Ideas campaign, 4-H is working toward a bold goal to engage one million new young people in science, engineering, technology and applied math programs by the year 2013.

4-H’s robust, university research-based science curriculum, combined with new initiatives like  4-H National Youth Science Day, will arm youth with the necessary technical skills to help America maintain its competitive edge in the global marketplace.

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