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Donation helps 4-H’ers learn STEM concepts
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- 4-H’ers in three Mississippi counties now have extra tools to learn science, technology, engineering and math concepts thanks to a contribution from a worldwide leader in wireless technology.
The Verizon Foundation donated $14,000 to the Mississippi State University Extension Service for three county agents to buy educational equipment for the youngest 4-H members in the areas they serve.
Funds were used to purchase three Dash & Dot robot packets and mini iPads, which agents will use to teach STEM subjects to Cloverbud 4-H’ers aged 5 to 7. Agents Monet Kees of Pearl River County, Brad Jones of Stone County and Jennifer Williams of Webster County received the equipment.
The Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon, a wireless technology company.
The packets will be used with “Snow-tastrophe,” a curriculum developed last year by Mariah Morgan, an assistant Extension professor with the MSU Extension Service Center for Technology Outreach.
“With the digital age and knowledge economy in full swing, it is vital to introduce STEM concepts to children at young ages,” Morgan said. “Research indicates the likelihood that they pursue a STEM-related career falls off significantly if that does not happen. Verizon’s generous contribution will have very positive long-term effects for young 4-H’ers in these counties.”