Sixty high-achieving high schoolers from urban communities in New Jersey participate each year in 4-H Summer Science. This past summer, environmental scientist Rick Lathrop and senior Chris Lictra, center in photo, ran a fieldwork program at Rutgers’ Ecological Preserve, one of four classes offered in 2012.
“One objective was to introduce youngsters to STEM fields beyond the usual medicine or biotech,” says Lathrop. “The kids used global positioning system trackers to get to different coordinates in the preserve,” says Lictra, “and used digital instruments to test water pH, acidity, salinity, and temperature. At an evening barbecue, the kids talked to us about science and the college experience.”
Watch a video about the 2010 4-H Summer Science Program.