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Animal Ambassadors . . . 4-H teens learn to lead science program for kids

  • Author(s): Smith, Martin H.
  • Enfield, Richard P.
  • Meehan, Cheryl L.
  • Klingborg, Donald J.
  • et al.
Abstract

To improve science literacy among school-age children in the United States, educators must receive effective training and support, and children must be engaged in science at a young age. Animal Ambassadors is a science-education outreach program of the UC School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine Extension, which focuses on the awareness and understanding of animal-related concepts and emphasizes important critical thinking and life skills. Through a collaboration with UC Cooperative Extension’s San Luis Obispo County Youth Development Program, an Animal Ambassadors research project showed positive outcomes relative to interrelated goals involving teen training and youth science literacy.

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