CHICAGO--For the second consecutive year, U.S. Cellular is joining the National 4-H Council to celebrate its annual National Youth Science Day (NYSD). As part of its commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, U.S. Cellular will support local 4-H members at 10 events throughout the company’s markets this fall. The students will participate in the NYSD experiment, Drone Discovery, and learn about STEM careers from U.S. Cellular leaders and associates.
“We are proud to work with the National 4-H Council to bring experiences such as National Youth Science Day to local 4-H youth,” said Deirdre Drake, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at U.S. Cellular. “This is a great opportunity to help kids discover the excitement of a career in STEM and show them the significance of its applications in daily life.”
4-H NYSD, in its ninth year, is the world’s largest youth-led STEM challenge. It is an interactive learning experience that engages thousands of kids in 4-H clubs across the country. This year’s experiment explores the design, operation and purpose of drones in the real world. The three-part challenge allows youth to explore concepts such as flight dynamics, drone safety, drone operation and payload/remote sensing. In addition to the 10 local events, U.S. Cellular will also join 4-H at their flagship event in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 5, where hundreds of youth will conduct the experiment together.
“4-H National Youth Science Day is all about getting kids excited about STEM. And right now, there’s not a more exciting topic out there than drone technology,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “By collaborating with companies like U.S. Cellular, we can spark early interest in STEM topics and lay the foundations for long-term interest in STEM careers.”
U.S. Cellular has a longstanding commitment to the community and education. The company has contributed more than $9.6 million to local educational programming since 2009.
For more information on U.S. Cellular’s community involvement, visit www.uscellular.com/communityinvolvement.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by a high-quality network in big and small cities and rural communities, and currently, 99 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.