4-H Career Explorations

Career Explorations is a three-day event for youth on the Cornell University campus. The purpose of this program is to provide youth with exposure to academic fields and career exploration, to develop leadership skills, to provide hands-on experience in a college setting and to introduce you to Cornell University.

The event is made up of two grade specific tracts: University U for youth entering grades 8 - 9 and

Focus for Teens for youth entering grades 10-12.

Come with us this year! We already have teens signed up. Career Ex is held June 27-29, 2017.

Cost: TBD per person – Scholarships available at both state & county level.

Registration opens in March - ends June 1 – first come, first choice program... don’t wait!

2017 Program Themes:

Focus for Teens Programs 10th-12th grades

  • Women & Science (Human Development)
  • Feeling the Force: How our cells grab, pull, and sense material surfaces! (Biomedical Engineering)
  • League of Coders (Mann Library)
  • So you want to be a Food Scientist? (Food Science)
  • Exploring Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
  • Youth Grow! (Cornell Garden-Based Learning)
  • Vet for a Day (College of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Our world of polymers and nanoparticles (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
  • Masterpieces in our Midst (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art)
  • Discovering Birds and Nature Exploration (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
  • Environmental Engineering (Biological and Environmental Engineering)
  • Embryonic development (Molecular Biology and Genetics)
  • A Tour of Human Development Across the Lifespan (Human Development & BCTR)
  • Fossil Collecting (Paleontological Research Institution)
  • Learning to Program Robots with Baxter (Computer Science)
  • Geospatial Technology Exploration (Soil and Crop Sciences)
  • Astronomy (Astronomy and Space Sciences)
  • Cardiac Engineering (Biomedical Engineering)

University U Programs (8th-9th grades)

  • Polymer Chemistry (Chemistry)
  • How we Control the Flow of Light (Materials Science and Engineering)
  • Nanotechnology, or How to Engineer Really, Really, Really Small Devices (Cornell Nanoscale Facility)
  • Have a Blast with Rocketry (Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education)
  • Climate Leaders in the Making (Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions)
  • Animal Adventures (Animal Science)
  • The Nutritional Artist (Nutritional Sciences)
  • Breaking Bonds and Changing Color (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
  • Legendairy (Biomedical Engineering project team)

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Kathleen Lehman
4-H Program Educator
(315) 376-5270

Last updated April 26, 2017