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County Outreach Programs
In addition to the programs offered through the state office there are a number of programs offered through the county programs
4-H Tech Wizards progras in Washington and Multnomah counties is an after school/summer program that capitalizes on youth interest in cutting edge science, engineering, and technology as a way to engage low-income Latino youth in (a) learning basic life and workforce skills and (b) aspiring to postsecondary education, productive jobs and careers, and community engagement. Through small group mentoring, youth develop skills in web development, video and podcast production, GIS/GPS spatial technologies, Lego and Vex robotics, and emerging technologies through real-world experiences related to jobs, careers, and service.
Families Involved in Education: Sociocultural Teaching and STEM (FIESTAS) is a collaboration between OSU’s College of Education, 4H Youth Development, and the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) program.
The primary focus of the 4-H STEM program is to enhance the knowledge of STEM related topics of Latino and underrepresented youth in the 3rd to 5th grades. The primary reason for this age range is to reach youth early in their schooling, especially those underrepresented in STEM fields. Because of the changing demographics of the K-12 population, which do no align with the demographic of the preservice teacher demographics we think that engagement with culturally and linguistically diverse youth is needed. The SMILE program is an outreach program to serve underrepresented students in STEM fields predominantly from rural areas. SMILE offers after-school programming, professional development for teachers, and family math and science nights in local communities.