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Georgia 4-H hosts virtual series to connect youth with science experts

By for CAES News

Georgia 4-H Science and Environmental Education Programs are empowering youth to learn, discover and create by offering a collection of virtual learning sessions, connecting youth with specialists and experts in a variety of scientific fields. The “Zoom into Science” series will include an assortment of hour-long Zoom sessions and allow participants to learn from experts as well as to be exposed to a variety of science-related careers.

“Being able to connect young people with science experts from the field is so exciting,” said Kasey Bozeman, Extension 4-H Specialist for Science and Environmental Education Programs. “Science can be fascinating, but it can also be intimidating. I am so eager for these speakers to not only share about their work but also help young people realize careers in science are vast and ever-changing. Anyone can be a scientist.”

Each session will include a presentation from an expert or specialist and conclude with a Q&A segment with participants. All sessions are free to attend and open to the public.

The first session, to be hosted on May 7, will highlight space. Participants will be joined by NASA Education Specialist Stephen Smith from the Houston Space Center. During his session, Smith share information about upcoming NASA missions, including the upcoming SpaceX launch on May 27. Participants can register for the session at tinyurl.com/scizoomspace.

“We are moving into the next chapters of human exploration,” said Smith. “NASA wants you to take part and hopes you can join us on this journey.”

The next session will be hosted on May 21 and will highlight weather. Former Mitchell County 4-H member and current atmospheric science graduate student Dillon Blount, along with WFXL Albany News’ Kerri Copello and storm chaser Rick Lipscomb, will focus on a variety of weather-related topics and careers. Participants can register for the session at tinyurl.com/scizoomweather.

“I am excited to give back to Georgia 4-H after participating for the majority of my youth,” said Blount. “I realized my career path was truly possible through Georgia 4-H Project Achievement. It helped shape my career path and has now given me the opportunity to share what I love with current 4-H’ers.”

The next session, to be hosted June 4, will feature Neil Shubin, world-renowned paleontologist and discoverer of Tiktaalik roseae, a 375-million-year-old fossil fish, commonly known as the "fishapod.” He will be presenting his work and important discoveries in fossil records. Participants can register for the session at tinyurl.com/scizoompaleontology.

Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.

Cristina deRevere is the public relations coordinator for Georgia 4-H.Austin Clark is the Georgia 4-H Public Relations Associate.
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