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4-H receives sponsorship for Summer STEM Camp

WEST PALM BEACH — Florida 4-H has been awarded a $10,000 sponsorship from HughesNet® to implement its STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) at Camp program in June and July. Over 340 school-age youth throughout Florida will learn about the engineering design process and how to use technology and engineering to solve real world issues such as energy, water and conservation.

This year’s HughesNet® STEM Experience will include a Maker Camp at the Palm Beach County UF/IFAS Extension Service in West Palm Beach. The Maker Camp for youth ages 9-13 will be held June 12-15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thirty young scientists will be participating in a wide variety of activities including robotics, coding, drones, electricity and much more. Teens ages 14-17 will also have the opportunity to gain STEM and leadership experience as Maker Camp counselors. The program is open to both 4-H and non-4-H members. For more information, please visit our website.

“We are really grateful that HughesNet® is supporting STEM education opportunities for our 4-H youth,” said Cooperative Extension Service Director Dr. Ron Rice. “Our campers are in for an amazing one-of-a-kind experience this summer.”

STEM at Camp is part of a national effort by HughesNet® and the National 4-H Council to spark youth interest in STEM topics. Florida was one of four states selected to receive a

STEM summer camp grant.

The local camp will be held June 12 -15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for youth ages nine to 13 at Mounts Botanical Garden auditorium at the Cooperative Extension, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. The cost is $50, and early registration is recommended as there is only space for 15 attendees. The camp also needs teen leaders ages 14 to 17.

During camp, youth will gain knowledge and skills through creative projects with robotics, physics, electricity, rocketry, coding and drones.

To register, participants need to create profiles by visiting 4-H Online. For more information, call the Palm Beach County 4-H Youth Development office at 561-233-1731, or send an email to