4-H and Philips Team Up to Bring Science Exploration to Life for Youth
CHEVY CHASE, Md., July 9, 2013
CHEVY CHASE, Md., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --National 4-H Council
has received a generous gift from Massachusetts-based Philips North America in
support of 4-H science programming and 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD).
4-H NYSD is the premiere national rallying event for year-round 4-H science
programming. The event brings together hundreds of thousands of youth from
across the nation to complete a single, innovative science, technology,
engineering or math (STEM) related activity in an effort to spark an early
interest in STEM education and careers. This year, 4-H National Youth Science
Day, will be held on Wednesday, October 9 and will focus on youth exploring
geospatial thinking and mapping technologies.
At the center of the 4-H/Philips partnership is an employee engagement
initiative that will be implemented in several states including Kansas,
Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas and Washington through the Philip Cares
community outreach program. Throughout the year, Philips employees will mentor
and interact with 4-H young people at work on their science projects while
also introducing 4-H'ers to their work, as well as some of the company's
"National 4-H Council is thrilled to be teaming up with Philips in this unique
way," said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president & CEO, National 4-H Council. "By
supporting 4-H's efforts to bring science and technology to youth all across
the country, Philips is investing in the leaders of tomorrow, helping to
inspire a new generation of innovators."
As part of the 4-H/Philips partnership, Philips employees will meet with local
4-H youth and program leaders, volunteer at 4-H clubs as speakers, and
participate in science workshops. In addition, the "Philips Career Day" will
give 4-H youth an opportunity to tour company offices and learn about the work
of the various departments. Finally, Philips will host a 2013 4-H NYSD event
at locations in each of the five states.
"At Philips, we are committed to meaningful innovation and we hope to inspire
4-H youth as they see how technology can truly transform and enrich people's
lives in healthy, fulfilling ways," said Greg Sebasky, chairman, Philips North
America. "By investing in the future of our youth, especially in the areas of
science, technology, engineering and math, we are contributing to a healthy,
sustainable future for our communities."
About 4-H NYSD
For more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching youth about
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Created to combat a shortage
of American young people pursuing science college majors and careers, 4-H
National Youth Science Day seeks to spark youth leadership in science.
Currently, more than five million 4‑H STEM projects are completed annually in
topics as varied as robotics, rocketry, alternative energy, GPS mapping, Ag
science, film making and environmental science. And, through the One Million
New Scientists, One Million New Ideas campaign, 4‑H reached a bold goal of
engaging one million additional young people in science, engineering and
technology programming before 2013. For more information on 4-H NYSD, visit
About Royal Philips:
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being
company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in
the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the
Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs
approximately 116,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100
countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home
healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications,
as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is
located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
4-H is a community of seven million young people across the globe learning
leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private
sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. In the US, 4-H
programs are implemented by the 109 land-grant universities and the
Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices
across the country. Overseas, 4-H programs are active in more than 50
countries on six continents around the world.
Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, follow us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/4-H or find us on Twitter at Twitter.com/4H
SOURCE National 4-H Council
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