4-H STEM Ambassadors Connect Maine Youth to Campus

4-H STEM Ambassadors are trained University of Maine students who facilitate hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities with youth 8–14 years old throughout Maine. Through 4-H STEM Ambassadors, youth become connected to the research, resources, and scientists at Maine’s public universities. Before 4-H STEM Ambassadors work with children, they complete hands-on training to understand how to work with and keep youth safe, as well as how to facilitate inquiry-based STEM activities. For UMaine students, participation in the 4-H STEM Ambassador program is part of the UMaine Engaged Black Bear Initiative. Contact Laura Wilson at laura.wilson@maine.edu or 207.581.2971 for more information.

UMaine Extension 4-H STEM Staff

For more information about the 4-H STEM Ambassadors Program contact Sarah Sparks at 207.353.5550 or sarah.sparks@maine.edu.

4-H youth development staff have been working with campuses in the University of Maine System to expand the STEM Ambassadors’ program throughout the state. Currently, six UMS campuses are partners in this program to bring hands-on STEM education to young people in their community.


logos of participating campuses: The University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H; University of Maine Farmington; University of Southern Maine; University of Maine at Preque Isle (North of Ordinary); University of Maine at Machias (Naturally!); University of Maine at Augusta


It was our pleasure to host (STEM Ambassadors) Ben and Jordan. They were incredibly professional, caring and invested. The students clearly bonded with them very quickly and gained a lot from the work.

— LearningWorks Afterschool, host site

What a great experience it was to work with those kids over these last few weeks. I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to share some of my knowledge and passion with them.

— Jordan, STEM Ambassador

The program has really added value to what we are trying to accomplish with these kids. They are able to see someone closer to their own age, doing science and math and making it fun. It is also helped us feel closer to our local university.

— Portland afterschool program staff

The 4-H program is awesome. I’m having a great time helping the kids learn. It’s a good way to spend my Mondays.”

— Hannah, STEM Ambassador