Matthew Elmore interviews Eddie Locklear from the S.E.T. Leadership Team!

Eddie Locklear helps lead the 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) programs - below are some thoughts published in the overview papers for 4-H SET programs.

Eddie's interview with Matthew Elmore, 4-H Network News reporter, is coming soon!

Facing a Critical Challenge

The world is quickly changing. Although the United States is currently the world’s economic and military leader, we are at a critical juncture. We must adapt to meet the evolving economic and national security landscape of the 21st century. At the core of this challenge is our nation’s proficiency in science, engineering and technology.

Too many young Americans do not have the science, engineering and technology career skills necessary to succeed—and meet our country’s needs—in the future:
  • Only 18 percent of high school seniors are considered proficient in science (NAEP 2000)
  • A mere 5 percent of college undergraduates earn degrees in science and engineering (Rising Above the Gathering Storm 2006)
In the next decade, our nation will face a significant workforce shortage in the critical science, engineering and technology fields that will put our leadership at risk—unless action is taken.

Working Towards a Solution
With 4-H and the Cooperative Extension System’s direct connection to the cutting-edge research and resources of the nation’s 106 land grant universities and colleges, we are strategically positioned to strengthen the United States’ global competitiveness and leadership in science, engineering and technology. The combination of content and context inherent in 4-H club and camp programs is proven to have a positive effect on youth, resulting in young adults who are prepared to contribute, excel, and lead in their communities and work places.

The 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) program is the national priority of the 4-H Youth Development Program for the next five years. Currently, 4-H SET activities reach 5.9 million youth with hands-on learning experiences that foster exploration, discovery and passion for the sciences.

• Animal Sciences 2,337,000
• Environmental Science 1,283,000
• Engineering, Technology & Other Sciences 912,000
• Plant Science 741,000
• Agriculture Science 627,000

4-H will address our nation’s critical challenge by preparing 1 million new young people to excel in science, engineering and technology. As a public-private partnership, 4-H can focus resources and expertise through SET to improve science literacy; increase the number of American students seeking undergraduate degrees in science, technology and engineering; and increase the number of young adults pursuing careers in these fields.