Chevy Chase, Md. -- National 4-H Council and Lockheed Martin announced the launch of a new national program, STEM Futures, a three-year, $3 million commitment projected to build a STEM pipeline of future scientists, engineers and community science professionals.
The STEM Futures program includes targeted outreach to engage girls and minority youth in exploring STEM careers using a new, research-based career readiness framework, the 4-H Career Pathway, which consists of four components:
- In the Explore stage, youth participate in introductory, short-term STEM experiences to spark curiosity and interest
- In the Learn stage, youth delve into projects that teach more advanced STEM concepts and problem solving skills
- During Practice, youth engage in more long-term projects with professional coaches to guide them in building STEM and leadership skills for college and their careers
- During the Experience stage, youth immerse themselves in a field of work, including on-site training, shadowing and internship opportunities with STEM businesses