Rowan County youth to explore wearable tech in youth-led STEM challenge

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 28, 2017

By taking part in the 10th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day on Tuesday, local youths will join 100,000 others in discovering the field of wearable technology.

This year’s challenge, called Incredible Wearables, introduces youths to the burgeoning field of wearable fitness trackers in a hands-on, interactive design challenge.

Designed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Incredible Wearables allows youths to work together to design, build and refine a wearable fitness tracker that is easy to use and aesthetically appealing.

Incredible Wearables will teach youths a variety of skills related to engineering a wearable device, including building circuits, integrating sensors, designing a viable product and interpreting health data.

The 4-H Science Night will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rowan County Extension Office. Registration is free but limited to 30 participants. To register, call the Extension Office at 704-216-8970.

The 4-H Science Day is the world’s largest youth-led engineering design challenge, drawing nearly 100,000 participants in 2016. In addition to the event in Rowan County, youths will conduct the challenge at hundreds of places in all 50 states and in countries around the world. National 4-H Council will host the flagship national challenge on Wednesday in New York City.

The 2017 4-H NYSD national partners are HughesNet, Lockheed Martin and U.S. Cellular.

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 6 million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills.