Children from military families explore health and science professions as part of Cooperative Extension program

4h-career-fairMore than two dozen children from military-connected families around the state test their range of motion, race each other on turf and discover the capabilities of wearable technology during the 4-H Career and College Major Exploration Day held earlier this month at the University of Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island 4-H Program, based at URI’s Cooperative Extension, part of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, hosted the event for the second year in a row as part of the 4-H Military Partnership Grant. Parents of participants are stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in Newport or are part of the state’s Army and Air National Guard units, said Heidi Wright, Rhode Island 4-H program coordinator.

This year’s workshop focused on health- and science-related fields, including kinesiology, physical therapy, nutrition, engineering, chemistry and animal science. “We want to introduce them to all the different college majors and careers, areas they may not be aware of,” Wright said.

The daylong event gives the children hands-on experience with URI faculty and students from several colleges and programs. One of those students was junior Allison Mosichuk of North Smithfield, an animal science and pre-veterinary studies major who got involved with URI’s 4-H program since last year. “It is very rewarding and allows you to develop skills working with people that you often don’t get in animal science,” she said…[Read more]