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4-H and 3M Foundation Launch National Initiative
August 21, 2008

National 4-H Council and the 3M Foundation recently announced their strategic partnership to launch The Power of the Wind, a cutting-edge educational resource that teaches youth how to use engineering principles to design and to build alternative energy projects, utilizing wind as the primary resource. This new national curriculum – funded by a $500,000 grant from 3M Foundation – adds to 4-H’s continued commitment to providing quality, hands-on science, engineering, and technology programs to millions of youth nationwide.

4-H, part of the Cooperative Extension System of the United States Department of Agriculture, will also launch The Power of the Wind Online to provide multi-media resources and activities that supplement the curriculum and enable 4-H youth to engage in alternative energy issues. 4-H programs are implemented by the 106 Land Grant Universities through more than 3,100 local Cooperative Extension offices across the country. The grant aims to reach 1.3 million middle-school youth and to target 730,000 4-H youth engaged in energy projects in virtually every county in the nation.

4-H and 3M, one of the nation’s leading diversified technology companies, understand that the technology required to meet today’s environmental challenges – such as energy use, climate change, recycling, and natural resource stewardship – require a diverse American workforce that is highly skilled in science and engineering disciplines. By aligning with 4-H’s science, engineering, and technology mission and the recently announced campaign “One Million New Scientists. One Million New Ideas™,” 3M’s generous grant will help 4-H spark youth interest in science and increase the number of young adults pursuing science-related careers.

The Power of the Wind curriculum is currently being piloted nationally in six sites across the U.S., representing optimal diversity from urban and suburban communities.


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