Summit Daily News Article from Thursday, Febuary 2nd

STEM after-school program accepting adult and high school volunteers Teenage volunteers are now being recruited for Summit County's new after-school science, technology, engineering and math program, which will be the first of its kind in the state.

The 4-H STEMasters program will take place for elementary students at each school after the regular day is over. Children will have the opportunity to participate in four different focuses, which could grow in the future: robotics, energy, environment and science 101.

At first, the thought was the program could expand to Summit High School at some point, but now, Summit County 4-H youth development manager Kathie Kralik said they decided it would be fun to let high schoolers get involved by making them junior leaders. The kids will train and then teach alongside adult volunteers.

Kralik said that so far there are close to 50 adult volunteers showing interest in the program, but they are still looking for more — both adult and junior leaders. The time commitment depends on “what the individuals are able to give back,” Kralik said.

CSU's four regional and state STEM specialists, along with state youth development specialists will train those interested; Teachers can earn graduate credit or CEUs. The cost to take the two-day training is $50, which includes the 4-H curriculum, training materials, refreshments and lunch.

Trainings are March 9 at the Summit County Community and Senior Center and March 10 at Summit Middle School. Registration information is available online at http://www.extension.colostate.edu/summit/4hy.shtml. For more information, contact Kathie Kralik at (970) 668-4142 or email her at KKralik@co.summit.co.us.



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