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.

4-H STEM Ambassadors develop skills such as facilitation, collaboration, and communication through their training and practice! Join us, and have fun – and get recognized by the University of Maine System. All students who work with youth in the community as a 4-H STEM Ambassador will earn Micro-Credentials from the University of Maine System (UMS).

For more information about the program, and how you can become involved, reach out to UMaine Extension 4-H STEM Staff

Faculty interested in adding the 4-H STEM Ambassador program to their courses can email 4-HScience@maine.edu and we will schedule a time to discuss your needs.

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

 

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