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4-H Announces Partnership with The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society

Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188

March 10, 2008

4-H and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) have announced a new partnership to support youth science, engineering and technology (SET) education in America.

TMS will promote the 4-H SET programs to their more than 11,000 professional and student members, who are metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators and administrators, and encourage them to help teach SET topics to K-12 youth in the 4-H programs. These professionals and students will bring their real world knowledge and experience to 4-H members as teachers and mentors.

"Science, engineering and technology education is a critical component of youth development and education," said Dr. Robert Shull, TMS president and leader for the 4-H Adventure in Science program in Maryland for nearly 20 years. "This new partnership will allow youth to hear from science professionals and educators, enabling them to gain a realistic picture of these professions."

TMS promotes the global science and engineering professions concerned with minerals, metals and materials and considers science and engineering outreach activities an important component of this mission.

4-H encourages youth to consider science fields and has begun a new initiative called 4-H SET to address this goal. Over the next five years, 4-H plans to engage 1 million new members in 4-H SET projects and programs. Currently, 4-H SET activities reach 5.9 million youth with hands-on learning experiences that foster exploration, discovery and passion for science, resulting in young adults who are prepared to contribute, excel and lead in their communities and workplaces.

National 4-H Headquarters, housed at USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), seeks to promote positive youth development, facilitate learning and engage youth in the work of the land-grant universities and USDA to enhance their quality of life. More than 7 million youth, ages 5-19, participate in 4-H youth development experiences in all 50 U.S. states, territories and military installations worldwide.

CSREES advances knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. For more information, visit www.csrees.usda.gov.

TMS is the professional organization encompassing the entire range of materials science and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. Included among its professional and student members are metallurgical and materials engineers, scientists, researchers, educators and administrators from more than 70 countries on six continents. For more information, visit www.tms.org.