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NGHS named 4-H Gateway Academy site
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MADISON - New Glarus High School is one of 20 sites for the 4-H Gateway Academy for summer 2009 as announced by University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension Chancellor David Wilson and Kern Family Foundation President James Rahn.

At each 4-H Gateway Academy, certified instructors provide expert instruction in small-group settings. Campers work together using leading-edge technologies to sample disciplines such as robotics, aeronautics and computer design. Both individually and as teams, campers construct a remote-controlled robot and program it to navigate a maze in a race against the clock. Using computer 3-D modeling software, campers design, build and test a rocket for maximum possible altitude and perfect landing. The day camps inspire students going into grades seven, eight and nine to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and consider career opportunities in these important fields.

4-H Gateway Academy enrollment information will be available beginning Jan. 5, 2009, at the UW-Extension Cooperative Extension county offices and at the host schools. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2005 STEM workers as a group earned about 70 percent more than the national average.

Additional partners for the 4-H Gateway Academy, a program of UW-Extension's Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development, include the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation and local school districts. For more information about the 4-H Gateway Academy program, contact Debra Ivey, 4-H Project Lead the Way coordinator, UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension,, (608) 935-0391 or (608) 574-0568.