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Margo Bowerman leads North Dakota 4-H youth development

Margo Bowerman leads North Dakota 4-H youth development

By Scout Nelson

North Dakota State University Extension's Center for 4-H Youth Development welcomes Margo Bowerman as the new STEM specialist. In her role, Bowerman will oversee the North Dakota 4-H STEM program and the North Dakota Next Chapter program, aimed at preparing youth for future educational and career paths.

The 4-H STEM program, under Bowerman's leadership, focuses on instilling competence in science and engineering practices among youth. This initiative helps them face current scientific challenges and prepare for future ones.

"I’m excited to work alongside the outstanding North Dakota 4-H staff, volunteers, and youth to deliver STEM programs to meet the needs of today’s global workforce and economy," Bowerman states, emphasizing the program's role in nurturing capable and confident young scientists and engineers.

The Next Chapter program is designed to encourage youth to pursue further education after high school. It involves collaboration with the North Dakota State University admissions office and other units to offer college and career readiness activities statewide.

Before her current position, Bowerman was a regional Extension educator at the University of Minnesota Extension’s Department of Youth Development, where she also co-chaired the Minnesota 4-H state STEM team. Her previous roles include serving as a 4-H educator and invasive species educator in New York and conducting research in Maryland.

With a solid educational background from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Bowerman brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new role.

Leigh Ann Skurupey, assistant director of the 4-H Youth Development Program, expressed enthusiasm about Bowerman's appointment: "The state 4-H office is thrilled to welcome Margo to the team. We are all excited for her expertise to ignite innovation, empower our future leaders, and pave the way for all youth to explore their sparks and the endless possibilities with STEM."

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