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2024 4-H Career Explorations

Quick Facts

Dates: Wednesday, June 26 to Friday, June 28, 2024

Location: Cornell University

Arrival: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Wednesday

Program Ends: 1:00 PM on Friday


Open to all NYS youth entering 8th grade and up.

Registration: Information available in April. Online registration form opens April 22. Closes May 15 or when programs are full.

Cost: $385

Note: Some CCE Associations charge youth additional fees to cover transportation & chaperone expenses. Some scholarship funds available. See Registration section for more details.

Program Tracks:

University U: teens entering 8th grade and up

Focus for Teens: teens entering 10th grade and up

Contact the Event Coordinator with questions and feedback.

What's New

Preparing to come to the Event

Resources during the Event

Resources for everyone:


Resources for chaperones:



Wednesday, June 26

FAs and UU Group leaders will have paper copies of program schedules. Please also print a copy if you'd like to have a paper copy with you.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM    Check In (Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC)

12:30 PM                        Youth Orientation (outside dorms by program signs)

12:30 PM                        Chaperone Orientation (RPCC 2nd Floor Auditorium)

1:30 PM                          Leave for programs (outside dorms by program signs)

2:00 – 4:30 PM              Focus for Teens programs (see specific group schedule)

2:00 – 3:00 PM              UU Opening (Townhouses Community Center)

3:00 – 4:30 PM              UU Campus Tour

5:00 - 5:30 PM              County Meetings (dorms)

5:30 – 6:30 PM              Dinner (Morrison dining)

7:00 – 8:30 PM              Opening Ceremony

8:30 – 10 PM                  Evening Activities (outside, RPCC, bowling & gym in Helen Newman)

9:00 PM                         Dorms open for youth with their chaperones

10:00 PM                        County Check In – youth must be in dorms!

11:00 PM                         Lights Out

Thursday, June 27

7:00 – 8:00 AM             Breakfast (Morrison dining)

8:15 AM                         Meet at program signs

8:30 AM                        Leave for programs (program signs)

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM       Programs (see Focus Program & UU schedules)

12:00 – 1:00 PM             Lunch (Physical Sciences Atrium)

5:30 - 6:00 PM              County Meetings (dorms)

6:00 – 7:00 PM              Dinner (Morrison dining)

7:00 – 10:00 PM            Evening Activities (outside, RPCC, pool, bowling & gym in Helen Newman)

9:00 PM                         Dorms open for youth with their chaperones

10:00 PM                        County Check In – youth must be in dorms!

11:00 PM                         Lights Out

Friday, June 28

7:00 – 8:00 AM            Breakfast (Morrison dining) and Checkout (RPCC)

                                       (Luggage storage available in RPCC 106)

8:15 AM                         Meet at program signs

8:30 AM                        Leave for programs (program signs)

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM     Programs (see Focus Program & UU schedules)

12:00 – 1:00 PM              Closing Ceremony and Farewell (Statler Auditorium)


Evening Activities Schedule


8:30 – 10 PM                 Bowling & gym (Helen Newman Hall)

8:30 – 10 PM                 Quiet Lounge (Robert Purcell Community Center Wendy Purcell Lounge, 2nd Floor)

8:30 – 10 PM                 Outdoor Games - weather permitting (Rawlings Green across from Helen Newman Hall)


6:30 - 8:00 PM       CALS & CHE Admissions tabling (Robert Purcell Community Center 1st floor)

7 – 10 PM                 Bowling & gym (Helen Newman Hall)

7 – 7:40 PM             Swimming A (Helen Newman Hall) - sign up required

7:50 – 8:30 PM       Swimming B (Helen Newman Hall)- sign up required

7 – 10 PM                 Quiet Lounge (Robert Purcell Community Center Wendy Purcell Lounge, 2nd Floor)

7 – 10 PM                 Outdoor Games - weather permitting (Rawlings Green across from Helen Newman Hall)

8:30 - 9:30 PM        Conversations, Caffeine, and Chocolate with Chaperone Advisors (Wendy Purcell Lounge)  

Map of Activity Locations

Program Leaders

Program Leader Role

Important Dates
  • February 29, 2024: Program proposal due

  • April 15, 2024: Program schedule and logistics finalized

  • End of June: receive participant registration list and confirm final logistics

  • June 25, 2024: Dinner with Focus Assistants

  • June 26-28, 2024: 4-H Career Explorations Conference

Check out last year's Closing Video and evaluation summary infographic for ideas of what to expect at 4-H Career Explorations.

About this year's event

Sparking Future Possibilities


4-H is the Youth Development program of the Cooperative Extension System integrated into each Land Grant University. Since 1922, 4-H has held an annual event for youth on the Cornell campus. 4-H Career Explorations aims to expand possibilities for youth by:

  • Connecting kids to Cornell University

  • Sparking youth interest in careers and career pathways

  • Developing youth academic, leadership, and life skills

  • Providing an opportunity for youth to experience college life

3 fun-filled days on campus divided into 2 tracks:

  • University U (grades 8 through 12) - Cornell Departments offer the same hour-long workshop to six different groups (about 10-15 youth per group) over a day and a half (all day Thursday and Friday morning).

  • Focus for Teens (grades 10-12) - Cornell Departments offer 11 hours of engaging programming over three days to the same group of youth (Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning). The Program Facilitators set the group size limit.

Leading Programs

Program Leaders create engaging, hands-on learning experiences that connect youth with their work and career pathways.


  • Inspire: share your expertise and inspire interest in different careers.

  • Engage: engage new audiences and try out outreach projects related to your research. 

  • Connect: link research and practice.



  • Communicate with Event Lead about program planning needs; about any participant pre- conference preparation; about activity schedules, locations, and other logistics; and other needs as they arise

  • Create a safe, inclusive learning environment 

  • Engage youth in hands-on learning experiences 

  • Work in partnership with chaperones & Focus Assistants 

  • Talk with youth about your career exploration process and pathways to careers

  • Connect youth to resources for college and careers

  • Support event evaluation efforts

  • Reserve activity location(s). If space reservations are through the campus 25Live system, reference 4-H Career Explorations with your request.  


  • Ongoing support from Conference Planning Team 

  • Planning support

  • The 4-H Career Explorations planning team will register the event with Children and Youth Safety at Cornell (CYS) to include all Focus for Teens and University U programs. You will not need to register your activity separately with CYS.  

  • Financial (if needed): 

    • Focus for Teens: $20 per youth registered

    • University U: $20 per youth registered for one average- sized group

  • Adult Chaperones and Focus Assistant teen leaders will help guide group behavior and help with logistics during the event

  • Evaluation and feedback after the event


Time Commitment 

  • University U

    • A 60-minute workshop repeated for 6 different groups over 2 days

    • 4 workshops on Thursday, 2 on Friday

  • Focus for Teens

    • 11 hours of activities over 3 days with one group

    • 2.5 hours Wednesday afternoon, 6 hours Thursday, 2.5 hours Friday morning

  • Pre-Conference preparation time varies


Program Planning

Delivering High-Quality Programs

The best 4-H Career Explorations programs provide interactive learning experiences by:

  • Providing opportunities for youth to do and experience activities related to careers

  • Connecting young people with professional mentors and role models

  • Sharing personal career pathways and stories

  • Integrating the 4-H Learning Experience

  • Engaging youth in the work of Cornell University and in your work

Program Leader Gatherings
slides from past gatherings

You're invited to connect with leaders from across Cornell who are creating 4-H Career Explorations programs. Each meeting time will include a chance to focus on a different aspect of youth development program planning and also time to share questions and experiences. These meetings will be Mondays from 11 to 11:45 AM 

  • April 8: An introduction to this year's event and also find out how to be a Spark Champion for youth in your program 

  • April 29: Learn strategies for creating welcoming spaces where youth feel they can belong 

  • May 20: Explore ways to create engaging, impactful learning experiences for youth 

  • June 10: Learn about partnering with Focus Assistant teen leaders and final preparation details Note: this gathering is 10 AM to 10:45 AM.


Register here for Zoom connection information

Facilitation Resources


The Conference Planning Team


The Career Explorations Conference Planning Team includes 4-H Educators and Focus Assistant youth leaders from across NY.  There are many different ways you can be part of creating this year’s experience. Check out our Team Roles and Responsibilities to learn more about adult and youth leadership roles.

Educator Opportunities

If you are interested, please email Alexa. Thank you!

Teen Leadership Opportunities

We’re looking for creative and dedicated youth leaders who are excited about helping their peers explore careers and Cornell to join the Career Explorations Conference planning team.

Youth & Families


Code of Conduct


Our first priority is to create a safe, inclusive space for learning, sharing, and collaboration welcoming to people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Diversity includes, but is not limited to: race, color, religion, political beliefs, national or ethnic origin, immigration status, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, transgender status, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, educational level, learning style, physical appearance, body size, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. CCE actively supports equal educational and employment opportunities. No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination. CCE is committed to the maintenance of affirmative action programs that will assure the continuation of such equality of opportunity.


All 4-H Participants—youth, families, volunteers, and Extension staff—in or attending any activity or event sponsored by Cornell University’s Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) 4-H Youth Development Program are required to uphold the values of the NYS 4-H program and conduct themselves according to these standards. All participants (youth and adult) will follow the NYS 4-H Code of Conduct.


Any disturbance or emergencies should be reported to a chaperone. Parents/guardians will be contacted if a youth violates the code of conduct and they need to be sent home at their families’ expense. 


Adult chaperones will have the authority to make decisions in the absence of a County 4-H Educator if necessary.  Focus Assistants should be involved in decisions about the group as appropriate. Chaperones will be expected to intervene in any situation that violates the rules of the event or the basic rights of others, including youth from other counties. Any problems with youth from other counties should be dealt with immediately and then reported to the appropriate chaperones, Chaperone Advisors, and the Event Coordinator.




Adults will be assigned a single occupancy room and youth will be assigned double occupancy rooms. Youth cannot switch rooms. Participants are responsible for any damages that occur to the room during their stay.  If keys or cards are lost or not returned, participant agrees to pay for the lock cylinder change and replacement of lost room keys and cards at $130.00 each. Participants must be in the dormitory by 10:00 PM; lights out at 11:00 PM. 


Program Evaluation


Conference participants will be asked to help us learn about the program effectiveness by completing a survey or sharing their reflections. Participation in program evaluation efforts is completely anonymous, voluntary, and there is no impact on program participation if someone decides not to complete a survey. A participant, parent, or guardian may withdraw consent at any time and a participant may refuse any survey request at any time. Parents and participants give or deny their permission to participate in program evaluation efforts by completing the NYS 4-H Permission Slip.




Photos taken during the program may be used to promote 4-H Youth Development. Parents and participants give or deny their permission to be photographed by completing event consent forms.

Youth Safety


Cornell University is dedicated to creating safe programs for children and youth.  Individuals working with children and youth are required to follow the policy of Children and Youth Safety.

Safety on Campus


Cornell is a large campus with many different summer activities. Serious crimes can and do occur along the footpaths of Cornell, despite the idyllic setting. A caution to all:

  • NEVER walk alone, especially after dark!

  • Dorm room doors should be locked at all times – always have your keys with you! If you get locked out of your room, call (607) 255-2288

  • Under no circumstances should youth leave the dorm at night and should never be alone on campus

  • Chaperones need to be in attendance for all programs, assemblies, free-time activities, County meetings, and on call all night

  • During free-time activities, if County participants split up, a Chaperone must accompany each of the groups (any Chaperone). Dorms are off limits during the day, except with a Chaperone

  • All participants must be back in their dorms by 10 PM. Lights out at 11 PM


The Cornell Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) asks you to help Cornell promote and maintain a safe learning environment by remembering the following:

  • Be aware of all potential hazards - If you are unsure whether something is dangerous or not, ASK QUESTIONS!!

  • Follow all instructions given by your program leader. They will provide safety training that you need for your specific program.

  • If you will work in a laboratory:

    • Wear the right clothes! Long pants and closed toed shoes.

    • Wear lab coats, gloves, and safety goggles as instructed - This is equipment for your personal protection!

  • Look out for the words like DANGER, WARNING and other symbols on doors, equipment, and containers - This means there is a potential hazard nearby.

  • IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY - Notify your program leader or a nearby chaperone. IF a chaperone is not nearby, call the 911.

  • Examples of emergencies include: fires, injury or illness, large chemical spills, and other situations where someone can get hurt.


Chaperones, program leaders, and instructors can contact EHS at 607-255-8200 or with specific questions or concerns.

NYS 4-H is committed to the health and safety of all youth and adults. COVID-19 is one of many viruses that surrounds us. Given its ease of transmission, special precautions should be taken. Face masks are required in healthcare facilities. In other settings, the choice to wear a face mask is a personal one, and no one should be made to feel uncomfortable because of their choice. All event participants will follow Cornell University’s guidance for events and visitors, which may change between the time you register and arrive at the event. Please keep an eye on this event website and information for visitors for the most current guidance.

Reporting Incidents and Illnesses


Report any illness, accident, or incident to an adult Chaperone immediately. If you feel unwell, please contact the nurse. If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please contact the event nurse and do not attend the conference until you test negative.


Please follow the NYS 4-H Crisis Action Plan and Career Explorations Communication Tree (shared with Chaperones at Chaperone Orientation) to report these incidents to event leadership. Additional emergency preparedness resources available from Cornell Emergency Management.

Importance of Nametags


All 4-H Career Ex participants must wear their identification nametag around their necks throughout the event. The nametags will enable participants to seek emergency care or assistance throughout campus, enter the dining hall, and allow 4-H Staff and Cornell program presenters to identify conference participants.

Cell Phones


Please turn off or keep cell phones on silent during programs. Lead Chaperones, University U Group Leaders, and Focus Assistants will have their phones on silent in case of emergency. If you need to make a call during a program because of an emergency, please go out into the hallway or away from the group to not interrupt the program.

Image by Solen Feyissa


Participants need to register with the local 4-H Youth Development program through the county Cornell Cooperative Extension Office. Registration will close on May 15 or when programs are full, whichever happens first. This can occur before May 15.

Adult Chaperones (staff and volunteers)

  • Complete a printable registration form and give to local CCE 4-H Youth Development program to be entered into the online CCE Event Registration form.

  • Adult consent forms (This online form includes 2 parts: a Cornell University travel waiver and a housing agreement.) Printable forms are available upon request.

  • Complete the Preparing to Chaperone at NYS 4-H Events training and clearance process (see Chaperones section).​



  • Complete a printable registration form and give to local CCE 4-H Youth Development program to be entered into the online CCE Event Registration form.

  • Youth and their families complete the Youth consent forms. (The online consent form for youth includes 3 parts: a Cornell University parental consent form and travel waiver, a Cornell University housing agreement, and a NYS 4-H permission form.) Printable forms are available upon request. 

Program Descriptions in Spanish

Registration forms

Consent Forms


  • $385  per participant (youth and adult) to cover room, board, and program.

  • Early Arrival/Late Departure costs

    • Double Room per night - $73

    • Single Room per night - $94

    • Breakfast: $10

    • Lunch: $15

    • Dinner: $17


Please let us know on the registration form if your county plans to arrive on campus early. Youth arriving early must have a chaperone for the early arrival time, too (we provide chaperones for Focus Assistants). Contact the Event Coordinator to make special arrangements.


Please note: Registration fees and transportation to and from the event is at the participant’s own expense. Some CCE Associations charge youth additional fees to cover transportation & chaperone expenses. Some CCE Associations have scholarship funds to support youth participation. Contact your local office for more information.


Note for CCE Associations: Counties will be billed directly for the registration fee and any additional room and board fees as applicable.



Scholarship applications are due at the time of registration, or no later than May 1. To apply for a full or partial youth scholarship, please complete the scholarship section of the Registration Form. Scholarships are limited and will be awarded to qualified applicants through a competitive review process.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to May 31 will not be charged. Cancellations after May 31 will be billed a $150.00 cancellation fee. Same program replacements are allowed, but need to be registered before arrival at the conference. No-shows will be charged in full.




Counties are expected to provide chaperones in about a 1 to 10 ratio for teens attending. Chaperones may be shared with other counties. Every participant must have a designated chaperone. The state office needs to know about multi-county groups that need to be housed together. The chaperone registration fee is the same as for youth. Chaperones will be expected to supervise youth from other counties during program times and while supervising evening social activities.


Lead Educator

Each County Association must designate a CCE staff person as the Lead Educator for their group attending a state event. This person must attend the state event. The Lead Educator will be the main contact for your county group during the event. They will be responsible for supervising Chaperones from your Association during the event. If there is a situation that arises with a youth or adult participant from your Association, event staff will work with the Lead Educator to resolve the situation. 


Chaperone and Youth Orientation

Specific information about program schedules, preparation to attend, and expectations at the event will be available on the event website by early May. All chaperones and participants should review this information prior to coming to Career Explorations. We strongly encourage 4-H Educators to hold an orientation meeting to review this information before coming to campus.


4-H Career Explorations Chaperones are critical to the success of the conference! Your role throughout the whole Conference is to model and help everyone live up to the 4-H Code of Conduct in order to ensure that everyone has a safe and positive experience. 

Preparing to Chaperone

In addition to Cornell Cooperative Extension's Volunteer Involvement Policy & Procedures, staff and volunteer chaperones for NYS 4-H Events are supporting and upholding Children and Youth Safety at Cornell policy and procedures, including related Risk Management and Volunteer Program policies. 

Adults who chaperone at 4-H Career Explorations need to have completed the Preparing to Chaperone at NYS 4-H Events training and clearance process within the last two years. If you were cleared to chaperone at the 2023 4-H Career Explorations event, you are all set to chaperone again this year. Please review updated information on this page specific for this year's event and participate in event orientation activities.

Career Explorations Chaperone Role Description

Preparing to Chaperone at NYS 4-H Events  training and clearance process

  • Note: all chaperones must complete both this clearance process and register for 4-H Career Explorations

Chaperone Virtual Orientation Resources

Slides and FAQs


Adults who chaperone at 4-H Career Explorations need to have completed the Preparing to Chaperone at NYS 4-H Events training and clearance process within the last two years. If you were cleared to chaperone at the 2023 4-H Career Explorations event, you are all set to chaperone again this year. Please review updated information on this page specific for this year's event and participate in event orientation activities.

New chaperones need to complete this Preparing to Chaperone at NYS 4-H Events training and clearance process:

CCE staff and volunteer chaperones (adults who are not a Cornell University employee) 

  • Complete the application 

  • Cornell University Risk Management conducts a Criminal Background check and sex offender search 

  • Complete Sexual Abuse Awareness Training.

  • Understand policy and reporting requirements. 

Cornell University employee chaperones 

  • Submit Cornell University HR background check date 

  • Complete Sexual Abuse Awareness Training.

  • Understand policy and reporting requirements .​

During the Event

Safety and Responding to Incidents

In every situation, safety is a primary concern. Please review the Expectations section for overall preparation. Lab and activity safety information will also be shared by campus partners within your program. The Nurse will be available throughout Career Explorations. FAs and UU Group Leaders will have small first aid kits. An incident and crisis response plan, including phone numbers for main contacts, will be shared during Chaperone Orientation. Please help everyone remain calm and follow the event communication tree.

SafeR Spaces

We will use a variety of strategies to work in partnership with youth and adults to create a welcoming environment for all. If you are having challenges in this area during the event or have suggestions for improvement to share, please look for the 4-H SafeR Spaces sign and event leaders wearing the 4-H SafeR Spaces shirt “Mobile SafeR Space” to find someone to talk with. Individuals wearing a Mobile SafeR Space shirt are trained in handling incidents related to exclusion, bias or harassment. If anyone feels their identity or safety is not being respected, they can connect with these individuals as allies who are ready and able to provide support and resources to manage the situation. 


  • Check all rooms upon arrival and departure; report any new damages.

  • Make sure youth know where their chaperones’ rooms are.

  • Dorm floors are not unisex – all genders may enter all floors.

  • Youth should only go in their own rooms, not other people’s. They can hang out with friends and others in common areas.

  • Bathrooms will not be designated for a particular gender. A county may choose to do that if participants would be more comfortable.

  • Youth should not be in the dorm during the evening activity period until the scheduled evening dorm opening. Youth may go back to the dorms starting at 9 pm BUT must be accompanied by their chaperone between 9 – 10 pm.

  • Chaperones can organize a time for youth to access the dorms during county meeting time, following or preceding dinner or before evening activities.

  • Chaperone swipe cards give you access to enter the dorm buildings; youth only have room keys. Doors will lock automatically when shut, so everyone should keep their room keys with them – even to nighttime bathroom runs. The lock out number is on the Communication Tree.

  • Check out is the morning of the last day from 6:30 - 8 AM in RPCC 106. BE SURE ALL KEYS ARE TURNED IN. Counties will be charged for any keys not returned.

  • Plan to load luggage into vehicles or bring them to the luggage storage room (room 106 on 1st floor RPCC) during check out.



  • Your name tags will get you into Morrison Dining hall. Do not lose them. Once you enter the dining hall, there is no re-entry – make sure your group knows this!

  • Have youth scope out all the different options in the dining hall before they make decisions on what to take. It is easy to take more than they can eat. Please emphasize that they shouldn’t waste food. They can go back for seconds, but the dining hall is not a food challenge!

  • On Thursday, everyone will go to Physical Sciences Clark & Baker Atrium for lunch. 

  • Special dietary needs – at lunch on Thursday, please ask. We will have special foods for those with dietary restrictions. At the dining hall, ask any Manager for help with special needs and they will prepare special meals as needed. There is a gluten-free toaster and other supplies.

Program Activities

  • T-shirts are handed out at registration. Shirts can be worn for county picture. We'd like to invite everyone to wear their Career Ex shirts on Friday.

  • Meet your Focus or University U group at the designated signs outside near the dorms.

    • Your Focus Assistants and UU Group Leaders will be there to meet you.

    • Most people should plan to get to program signs by 8:30 AM, but pay attention to your program itinerary as starting times vary. Please be on time to leave with your group.

    • There will be people in that area to help in case anyone is late and misses their group.

    • While most everyone will be walking to their programs, there will also be a shuttle service for people 
      who have transportation needs.

  • If you take photos of the event, please share them with the Planning Team. We’ll use collected photos for the Closing Ceremony Video. Please also take a picture of your group that we can include in the Closing Video. 

  • Please bring your group to Opening Ceremony.

  • Focus Assistants and University U Group Leaders will bring everyone to Closing Ceremony immediately following the end of programs on Thursday. We hope everyone will attend this important part of the program for the youth.

    • Please return name tag holders at Closing Ceremony.

  • Evaluation data is very important to us and to campus partners. Please look for the post-event online survey that will be sent to you and your group after the conference.

  • Call the Event Coordinator if there is a problem (refer to communication tree).

  • If a youth or adult needs to leave campus, notify the Event Coordinator.

  • Career Explorations is a full event – please take time to take care of yourself and help your group do the same! Hydrate, rest, and be kind to others, it’s contagious!

County and Group Meetings

An evening County meeting is a required activity, although the length is at Chaperone’s discretion. Each County can choose a comfortable lounge within dorms where the Chaperones will facilitate the County meetings. There is time scheduled for County meetings before dinner. County meetings should include:

  • Taking attendance.

  • Reflection on the day's activities, what was learned, and any concerns

  • Reviewing the next day’s activities with the group. Please be sure youth are familiar with:

    • Breakfast times and meeting locations

    • Your County’s regrouping time and place at the end of the day.


Reflection and evaluation is an important process that allows participants to think about and give immediate feedback on the day’s experiences. It can be a fun way to reconnect with each other. 

County and Group Meeting Suggested Agenda

Connection Activities ( - activities to help us intentionally create a welcoming space.

Evening Roles and Responsibilities


(schedule and more information in Campus Life section)

General Duties

The key to all of the evening roles is that we want to encourage all participants to engage in the free time evening activities, have fun, and stay safe. The goal of the event is to engage in exploring careers, enjoy the college experience, and make new friends, and therefore these experiences are about relationship building. Your role will ultimately involve encouraging 4-Hers, Educators, and volunteers to participate in the evening activities of their choice, even if they rotate through multiple activities.


Note: 4-H youth are not allowed to use the computer lab on the second floor of Robert Purcell Community Center. Also, no one should be in the dorms during the evening activity period.


There may be youth in the building from other summer programs. If there are youth that are not from our conference who are causing problems, please contact your Lead Educator or the Chaperone Advisors.

If youth want to go to the Cornell Store or Bear Necessities (located on the lower level of RPCC) they need to be accompanied by an adult and numbers in the store at one time need to be limited.

You have a team of Educators and volunteer Chaperones to support you throughout this event. If you feel conflict escalating in a situation, please call in another Chaperone for help and step away as necessary. Reminder – all challenging behaviors must be communicated to your Lead Chaperone.

If you run into any problems, please call the Chaperone Advisors (contact information is on the event communication tree).

Evening Role Schedule

  • The supervision schedule with your specific role will be emailed to you before you arrive on campus and posted here.

  • It is fine to switch duties with someone, but you are responsible for making sure your assignment is covered. Please make sure you let the Chaperone Advisors know, too.

  • Please end activities in time for teens to get back to the dorm by 10:00 PM.


Youth should not be in the dorm during the evening activity period. There is not a good way to supervise youth in the dorm in a way that assures safety and appropriate behavior for all during this time. At no time should an adult and youth be alone together in the dorm. Your job as a dorm chaperone is to explain to youth they cannot enter the dorm. If there is a special case and you have questions, you may call the chaperone coordinator or a conference coordinator. If a youth needs to take a shower, you can send them to Helen Newman Hall (they will need their own towel and soap, and a change of clothes).


Outdoor Games
(Rawlings Green across from Helen Newman)

Make sure that participants play safely, play fair, and be a team player. There is no skateboarding allowed in this common space. Please make sure all trash and equipment is removed upon departure. Soccer, volleyball, and Frisbee are all good uses of this outdoor space. Showers are available in Helen Newman.

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Quiet Lounge
(RPCC Wendy Purcell Lounge, 2nd Floor)

The Wendy Purcell Lounge is available for those youth who prefer a quiet space to relax and re-energize. Quiet activities include reading, journaling, quiet board games, or computer work.


Bowling  (Helen Newman Hall)

Your role is to help youth have fun. Direct youth to the lanes; make sure that they follow the rules of the bowling center (for example, no playing above the marked sections of the lanes as lanes can be very slippery). Help youth act in a safe manner. Finally, there are typically five people per lane but this rule may be relaxed since we have a large group.


Make sure that youth adhere to the rules of the games they choose. If you observe unsafe or unfair behavior be proactive and have a conversation with that young person (if it happens more than once, ask them to choose a different activity). At the end of the night once the gym is closed, direct youth to return to their dorms.


Swimming Pool (Helen Newman Hall)

A limited number of youth can swim at one time. Youth need to sign up for a specific swim time.  Chaperones will be provided with a list of who signed up.

Make sure youth walk on the pool deck; no running under any circumstances. When the lifeguard blows their whistle more than once about behavior, be proactive and have a conversation with the youth (if it happens often, ask them to choose a different activity). Also monitor the locker and shower areas (youth may come in just to use showers). 

Pool Rules

Preparing to Come to Campus

Packing Suggestions


Below are some things you should pack to bring with you for the conference. Be prepared to deal with hot June temperatures or occasional cool rainy weather. Also, retail outlets and dining facilities on campus do not accept cash. You may want to pack prepaid cards for purchases just in case. 


Consider bringing the following:

  • Comfortable walking shoes (there is a lot of walking)

  • Clothing suited for the activity you will participate in.

    • Casual pants, shorts, shirts and tops.

    • Sweater, sweatshirt or jacket

    • Swimsuit and towel (if swimming)

  • Raincoat and/or umbrella

  • Sunscreen

  • Hand sanitizer 

  • Face masks

  • Alarm clock

  • Spending money

  • Review program packing suggestions, such as long pants or closed shoes (see Program information)

  • County name sign

  • Camera

Getting to Campus

Directions to Cornell
Please consult the Cornell campus map available through your Cooperative Extension Office and on the Cornell website to find the best way to get to and around Cornell University and to get to your dorm.

Check-in will at Robert Purcell Community Center (RPCC). Once on campus there will be signs to help direct you to Check-In and unloading areas. 


There is no parking on central campus during the event. Association and personal cars must be left in the designated North Campus lot. Vehicles with “official” plates may park on campus in eligible parking spaces without additional fees being assessed. Parking permits will be available at registration. If you need accessible parking, please notify the state office in advance.

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On campus early or staying later?


Walking Tours Visitor Relations is the front door to exploring Cornell’s Ithaca campus, providing information and tours. The Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center is open to visitors Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3 PM. Visitor Relations staff are available to assist and answer general questions via (607) 254-4636 (INFO) or Virtual tours are also available.

Here are some fun places and popular sites to see. 

McGraw Tower (the Clock Tower) – Probably the most noted landmark on campus at Cornell, McGraw Tower has 21 chimes, which play three times throughout the day. Climbing 161 stairs to the top is definitely a great

Sage Chapel – Built in 1873, this chapel was designed by Charles Babcock, Cornell’s first professor of Architecture. The intricate decorations and design of Sage Chapel is breathtaking!

The Arts Quad – Many Cornell students enjoy warm summer days walking though and/or studying in this safe haven. It is home to the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. While you’re there be sure to check out the Whispering Wall near Goldwin-Smith, say “hi” to Uncle Ezra and A.D. White, and see the Libe Slope Overlook behind McGraw Tower.

The Cornell Store – Cornell has an underground bookstore on two floors. Be sure to check it out and take home some cool Cornell apparel. Hours 8:00am-5:00pm. For more information, visit

Ho Plaza – Ho Plaza is Cornell’s town square and home to the Cornell Store. It is here that Cornell students make their voices heard and express new ideas. Be sure to stop by Willard Straight to see the Great Hall. See if you can find the carving of the architect’s least favorite professor (Hint: He is picking his nose).

Cornell Botanic Gardens – A great place to relax on a summer afternoon, the Botanic Gardens offers trails throughout the gorges and among flower gardens. Most easily accessed from the path behind Mann Library and Fernow Hall, the summer gardens and Arboretum are a favorite with Cornell Students. 

Beebe Lake – Take a short nature hike through campus, to see beautiful waterfalls. This trail goes around the lake and is accessible by the Botanic Gardens or the back path behind MVR.

Beauty and Brains – Starting at Bailey Plaza, take a stroll to the AD White Gardens, down to Uris Garden and over to the 2nd floor of Uris Hall. Smell the flowers, gaze at the fine (and not so fine) architecture, and view the brains of geniuses and criminals.

Cornell Dairy Bar – The Dairy Bar at Stocking Hall is stocked with all your favorite flavors of Cornell ice cream. Enjoy an ice cream cone and take a stroll outside of the plant. You might even be able to watch them making your dessert!

Johnson Museum of Art –To learn more visit the museum website.

Campus Life



Your group needs to arrive between 10 AM and 12 PM. on Wednesday. Orientations start at 12:30 PM, so you may find arriving by 11:30 AM gives you more time to settle into dorms before getting started with event activities.

Check-in is at Robert Purcell Community Center.

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The first Chaperone to arrive from each group should be prepared to check in all of their group's participants. Participants who arrive later will receive their event materials from this Chaperone.

If you are the first (or designated) Chaperone to arrive from your group:

  • If you haven't already received your parking passing, please look for the Career Explorations Planning Team member with parking permits (note: official vehicles don't need parking permits). Get your parking permit and park in the conference lot. Come into the front lobby of RPCC.

    • Only one Chaperone should come to the check-in table. Youth can remain with the vehicle and other chaperone(s).

    • A Focus Assistant (FA) will greet you on your way in.

  • What to bring inside

    • Your group members should have already sent in consent forms, so you shouldn’t have to bring anything.

    • Chaperones may want to retain a set of consent forms for your group just in case.

  • You will be given a packet for your group that includes:

    • 4-H Career Exploration conference information and name tags

    • Room assignments/keys/meal tickets (you will get this from Conference Services)

    • T-shirts and water bottles

After Check-In

After receiving the Check-In packet, the Chaperone please return to your group and have a brief meeting including the following:

  • A review of the program rules and regulations

  • Hand out program schedules, name tags, meal cards, and keys (reminders of keeping keys and name tags safe and with them at all times!)

  • Review of room assignments, including where the Chaperone rooms are located (only adults should have access to outside doors)

  • Set a time to meet at the designated regrouping area after unpacking, and place to meet before dinner

When the Check-In materials have been shared with your group, unload your vehicles, and park in the conference parking lot before finding your rooms and unpacking.

Finding Your Rooms

Conference Services has made every effort to set up the room assignments in blocks by group. If you have any concerns about room assignments, please speak with the Conference Services Staff.

Prepare your group for the first activities of the Conference:

  • Chaperones need to be in the RPCC Auditorium at 12:30 PM for Chaperone Orientation.

  • Youth need to be at the green outdoor space in by your program signs at 12:30 PM for Youth Orientation (you will see program signage).

Dormitory Housing

  • This year we will be staying in Hu Shih Hall.

  • Chaperones will be assigned single-occupancy rooms. Youth will be assigned double-occupancy rooms and cannot switch rooms.

  • Participants should hang out in common areas, not dorm rooms. Only youth who are assigned to a room should be in that room. Please use lounges, dining areas, and other designated activity areas to spend time with friends.

  • Please use hair dryers in the bathrooms only.

  • Linens are provided with rooms including sheets, pillow and pillowcase, one blanket, one towel, one washcloth, and soap. You will have to bring your own towels for the pool.

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Keep the door to your room locked at all times to keep yourself and your belongings safe. Please be careful not to lock yourself out of your dorm rooms. Doors close and lock automatically. Have your key with you at all times. If you get locked out of your room, call the lockout number on the Communication Tree. Only Chaperones will have key cards to get into the dorms, so all youth must be accompanied by an adult to enter the dorm.


Chaperones need to check their delegate’s rooms at the time of arrival and departure. If there are problems with the rooms (i.e. light bulbs burnt out), contact Conference Services immediately so that problem can be resolved or noted. Please also contact Conference Services if problems arise during the conference. Damages not reported that are found at the end of the program will be charged to the County occupying the room. Also make note of any room/key changes.

Check Out: RPCC, Friday 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Please have everything out of your rooms before your programs on the last day. Make sure you double-check your room to ensure that no belongings are left behind. If you don’t have a vehicle to put luggage in that morning, you can store your belongings in room 106 in RPCC on the first floor.

Chaperones should check all rooms for damage and collect all room keys. Any damages not reported to 4-H Career Exploration staff will be charged to the County. After collecting keys, place them in the envelope you received at Check-In, and turn the envelope into the Conference Services staff. Please be sure all keys are collected, as there will be significant fees for keys not turned in.


  • This year we will be dining in Morrison Dining hall. There are lots of wonderful meal choices available - plan on exploring before making your choices! The eatery is a buffet; please take only what you will eat.

  • There are also small kitchenettes in the dorm if you'd like to bring snacks, etc.

  • Youth should go to meals with an adult.

  • Please let us know any dietary needs when you register. We’ll make every effort to accommodate dietary needs. Please also make sure Chaperones are aware of your needs.

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  • Dinner on Wednesday through breakfast on Friday is included with your registration.

  • You can purchase additional meals from the dining on the Early Arrival/Late Departure section of the registration form. Please note: Bear Necessities, the small convenience store in Robert Purcell Community Center, gets full fast. If you'd like to eat lunch on North Campus on Wednesday, please purchase meals in the dining hall through your registration form.

Walking (lots of walking)

Walking is the primary form of transportation to activities. 4-H Focus Assistants will lead participants to their program or bus pickup every morning. Any other necessary transportation will be arranged by the program you are attending. If there are special transportation needs, please be sure to notify the Event Coordinator in advance of the 4-H Career Explorations Conference. Walking is a part of the college experience. We hope you enjoy the beautiful campus and some healthy exercise - so wear sneakers or comfortable walking shoes!


Be on time and prepared to walk about 15-20 minutes (some of it uphill) to your program destinations. Program gathering and departure times will be listed on the event website within the itineraries for each specific program. Be aware departure times may vary for specific programs.

In the event of a thunderstorm, or if other transportation needs arise, participants may ride the TCAT buses which travel on campus, at their own expense ($1.50 one way—remember to have cash on hand). Buses come about every 10 minutes. Most participants will need to catch the TCAT 81 bus that travels through campus and to the RPCC area. Chaperones should accompany youth on the bus.


Please take care of yourself and each other while on campus. Even though Cornell has a rather tranquil setting, serious crimes can and do occur along its pleasant footpaths.

  • Youth should never walk alone anywhere on campus at any time.

  • Dorm doors should be locked at all times.

  • Under no circumstances should youth leave the dorm at night.

  • The Safety Division’s (Cornell police) phone number is 607-255-1111.



Chaperones will receive the incident response plan and a list of campus emergency numbers during orientation.


Getting enough sleep helps you have a fun and meaningful 4-H Career Explorations experience. Dorms open at 9:00 PM. Everyone (youth and adults) is expected to be in the dorms by 10:00 PM and at 11:00 PM it’s time for lights out.

Campus Wi-Fi

For information on connecting to campus wi-fi please visit this website.

Photos and Social Media: #4HCareerEx24

Counties and groups, please take photos of your group and share them for the Closing Video. Please share pictures of your Career Explorations experience during program and social activities, too! You can share your photos by uploading them here.

Free Time and Recreation

Evening activities are offered as a time to rest, have fun, and meet people from around the state. There are several options including movies, bowling, swimming, outdoor games, and more. There will also be a lounge for reading and quiet relaxation. You may want to bring items like Frisbees, soccer balls, footballs, etc. to use during your free time outside.


Chaperones will be assigned to supervise one of the free time activities. All participants are expected to participate in some form of evening activity with adult supervision and should not be in the dorm before 9:00 pm.  If a youth needs to go to the dorm for any reason they need to be accompanied by an adult.

A few things to remember for activities in Helen Newman Hall:

  • No food or beverage, only water in non-glass containers in gym and pool.

  • Must have athletic shoes for gymnasium floor, no bare feet or stocking feet due to safety.

  • In the pool: need to do a swim test that consists of swimming the width of the pool unassisted. Must have appropriate swimwear and bring own towels. More pool rules here.

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Evening Activity times in the Schedule

University U Programs

Youth entering into grades 8 and up are invited to sign up for University U. You will participate in a random selection of 6 different programs from the programs described here.

2024 University U programs:

  • A Universe of All Sizes: Chemical Engineering All Around Us 

  • All About Me: Exploring Adolescent Development 

  • Connecting People and Plants for a Better World  

  • Cornell Climate Smart Farming and AI Technologies  

  • Counselors, social workers, therapists, and psychologists: Careers as mental health professionals 

  • Digging It: Archaeology and the Ancient World 

  • Food, Fun, & Fitness 

  • Mechanics of Metamaterials - Changing Properties by Changing Structure  

  • SkinKit: A Construction Kit for On-Skin Interface Prototyping 

  • Surface Exploration

  • The tiniest things are SO Cool: Exploring nanotechnology 

  • Using Gist to Clear the Misinformation Mist 

A Universe of All Sizes: Chemical Engineering All Around Us 

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Alabi Research Group 


Ever wonder how computer chips are made? Or what makes ice cream so good? Or how antibiotics work? Chemical Engineers explore these phenomena every day to try to solve problems with modern day medical challenges and the creation of specialized materials. In our laboratory, come explore how nanoparticles and polymers can be used to improve drug development and materials. Students will make nanoparticles and polymers and explore their material and biological applications. We will also discuss the diverse set of careers for chemical engineers, ranging from the petroleum industry, to healthcare, to microelectronics, and even the food industry.  


Packing Suggestions: Closed toed shoes are recommended.  


All About Me: Exploring Adolescent Development 



Who am I? What do I care about? What do I want to accomplish? If you’ve ever found yourself asking these questions, come join the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement for a fun workshop that is all about you! We’ll be introducing youth to the study of adolescence by engaging in conversations and activities derived from psychology research on youth identity, expression, and self exploration. During the workshop, youth will write, doodle, reflect, and create narratives about their unique identities through creative journaling and hands-on activities. You’ll learn about psychology research and about yourself. 


Packing Suggestions: None 


Connecting People and Plants for a Better World 

Botanic Gardens 


At Cornell Botanic Gardens, participants will be guided through a garden tour and activities related to the vital connection between people and plants.  Learn about how we are "inspiring people- through cultivation, conservation, and education- to understand, appreciate and nurture plants and the cultures they sustain."  Will be outdoors and fun!  


Packing Suggestions: Dress to be comfortable outdoors in whatever the weather is!  Consider a raincoat, or a sunhat, depending on what the day brings.  


Cornell Climate Smart Farming and AI Technologies  

CALS-School of Integrative Plant Sciences  


Torrential downpours. Short-term droughts. New pests and diseases. Longer growing seasons. Farmers in the Northeast are under increasing pressure to respond to climate variability and extreme weather events. Cornell's Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Program brings together world-class researchers, resources, and highly trained Extension specialists to help producers and communities respond to these challenges. With increasing climate variability and climate change impacts on farms, it is becoming more difficult for farmers to make decisions based on intuition or historical weather patterns. The CSF decision support tools utilize dynamic weather, climate, and forecasting data combined with farm-level agricultural and yield data to help farmers make more informed decisions for the next day, next season, or next year.  


At the AI-CLIMATE Institute, we are combining knowledge from agriculture and forestry sciences with unique new methods in artificial intelligence (AI), working to curb the effects of climate change while also lifting rural economies. We are creating a new scientific discipline and innovation ecosystem, where AI intersects with climate-smart agriculture and forestry. Our researchers are exploring compelling AI-powered knowledge and solutions including using AI to enhance the measurement of greenhouse gasses, and creating specialized field-to-market decision support tools. 


In this session, students with learn about the basics of how climate change impacts agricultural production and communities. Then will discuss climate-smart farming solutions. We will highlight climate-smart farming tools and how AI technology is being used to help farmers adapt to climate change. 


Packing Suggestions: None 


Counselors, social workers, therapists, and psychologists: Careers as mental health professionals 

Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research 


Tens of millions of Americans receive mental healthcare every year. There is also a current labor shortage of mental health professionals and an urgent need for people to enter careers in mental healthcare. This program will introduce you to the exciting and rewarding field of mental healthcare, and will include a description of different career pathways and an engaging practice psychotherapy skill building activity. 


Packing Suggestions: None 


Digging It: Archaeology and the Ancient World 

Johnson Museum of Art 


Johnson Museum staff will introduce participants to objects from ancient Egypt, China and Rome using the permanent collection and then return to the studio to create a clay guardian figure inspired by what we have seen. Special emphasis will be placed on the skills and experiences of archaeologists. 


Packing Suggestions: None 


Food, Fun, & Fitness 

Division of Nutrition Sciences; Food and Nutrition Education in Communities (FNEC) 


Youth will learn about nutritious and not-so-nutritious foods while participating in fun physical activities as a group. Youth will have the opportunity to sample a healthy recipe during the session.  


Packing Suggestions: Comfortable clothing and shoes for physical activity.  


Mechanics of Metamaterials - Changing Properties by Changing Structure  

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 


Mechanical engineers work on a diverse range of problems, from making things move to studying how heat works.  One exciting part of mechanical engineering is studying how materials behave when forces are applied.  Many different materials are used in our daily lives, such as metals, glass, and plastics.  Each of these materials works differently from others because of their unique features on a really small (atomic) scale. A new type of material called metamaterials, have behavior instead based on patterned geometries at a micrometer to millimeter scale. This program will introduce you to mechanical testing of materials and to metamaterials using interactive activities. You will test different 3D printed metamaterials and brainstorm ideas for your own designs.  


Packing Suggestions: None 

SkinKit: A Construction Kit for On-Skin Interface Prototyping 
Human Centered Design 


Learn about wearable technology and create your own on-skin devices in this maker program. SkinKit is an on-skin prototyping toolkit that has plug-and-play construction with pre-programmed modules you can use to DIY your own wearables.


Packing Suggestions: None 

Surface Exploration 
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning 


Activities highlight the diverse fields of study within the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University. In 'Surface Exploration,' youth will engage in hands-on activities that offer a new perspective on the world around us. 

Through tactile explorations, such as creating texture rubbings of campus buildings, youth will gain insights into a variety of architectural elements. Findings and transformations will be presented in a mini-exhibition fostering critical thinking and an unlocking of one’s imagination. This program aims to deepen an understanding of architectural elements and encourage creative interpretation.


Packing Suggestions: None 

The tiniest things are SO Cool: Exploring nanotechnology 

Cornell NanoScale Facilty 


The nanoscale world is too small to see, but that doesn't stop us from using all sorts of cool nanotechnologies. Learn how nano-engineers make the tiniest possible machines. Explore some of the unexpected properties of the nano world and learn how nanorobots are made! Check out our cleanroom facility on a live virtual tour! 


Packing Suggestions: None 


Using Gist to Clear the Misinformation Mist 

Psychology; Laboratory for Rational Decision Making 


This workshop, inspired by Dr. Reyna's research on health misinformation, is here to help you navigate this sea of information and make informed decisions about your health. 


What we’ll explore: 

  • The Science of Decision-Making: Learn how we conduct research and separate information from misinformation. We'll explore how our brains and the way we think affect our decisions.  

  • Making Healthy Choices: We'll use the gist approach to making informed decisions about your health and well-being. 


What we’ll do: 

  • Interactive games and challenges: Put your newly acquired skills to the test through fun and engaging activities. 

  • Group discussions: Share your thoughts, ask questions, and learn from each other's experiences. 

  • Create your own health campaign: Design a message to spread awareness about healthy choices and combat misinformation. 


Packing Suggestions: None 

UU Group Schedules

General University U Schedule

Wednesday – all UU groups together 

2:00-3:00 PM    UU Opening program (Townhouses Community Center) 
3:00-4:30 PM     Campus Tour (Leave from Townhouses Community Center)

Thursday – UU groups rotate through programs 
9:00-10:00 AM     First program (see Group Schedules) 
10:30-11:30 AM     Second program (see Group Schedules) 
12:00-1:00 PM     Lunch (Physical Sciences Atrium)
1:30-2:30 PM     Third program (see Group Schedules) 
3:00-4:00 PM     Fourth program (see Group Schedules)

Friday – UU groups rotate through programs 
9:00-10:00 AM     Fifth program (see Group Schedules) 
10:30-11:30 PM     Sixth program (see Group Schedules) 

UU - A Schedule

Wednesday – all UU groups together 

2:00-3:00 PM    UU Opening program (Townhouses Community Center) 

3:00-4:30 PM     Campus Tour (Leave from Townhouses Community Center)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   All About Me (MVR 1102)

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM   Careers as mental health (MVR 1219)

12:00-1:00 PM     Lunch (Physical Sciences Atrium)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   Food, Fun, & Fitness (Ag Quad A. Rain location: AG Quad Surge Space Room: ASA109)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Digging It (Johnson Museum of Art)



9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Connecting People & Plants (Nevin Welcome Center)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Mechanics of Metamaterials (Hollister 372)

(back to overall schedule)

UU - B Schedule

Wednesday – all UU groups together 

2:00-3:00 PM    UU Opening program (Townhouses Community Center) 

3:00-4:30 PM     Campus Tour (Leave from Townhouses Community Center)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Using Gist (MVR G331)

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM   Climate Smart Farming (Mann Library- Stone Classroom)

12:00-1:00 PM     Lunch (Physical Sciences Atrium)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   Surface Exploration (Dome in Milstein Hall)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM   A Universe of All Sizes (Olin 245)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Mechanics of Metamaterials (Hollister 372)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM   Exploring nanotechnology (Duffield Hall Atrium)

(back to overall schedule)

UU - C Schedule

Wednesday – all UU groups together 

2:00-3:00 PM    UU Opening program (Townhouses Community Center) 

3:00-4:30 PM     Campus Tour (Leave from Townhouses Community Center)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   SkinKit (201 HEB)

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM   Food, Fun, & Fitness (Ag Quad A. Rain location: AG Quad Surge Space Room: ASA109)

12:00-1:00 PM     Lunch (Physical Sciences Atrium)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   Digging It (Johnson Museum of Art)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM   Connecting People & Plants (Nevin Welcome Center)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Exploring nanotechnology (Duffield Hall Atrium) 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM   A Universe of All Sizes (Olin 245)

(back to overall schedule)

UU - D Schedule

Wednesday – all UU groups together 

2:00-3:00 PM    UU Opening program (Townhouses Community Center) 

3:00-4:30 PM     Campus Tour (Leave from Townhouses Community Center)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Careers as mental health (MVR 1219)

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM  All About Me (MVR 1102)

12:00-1:00 PM     Lunch (Physical Sciences Atrium)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   Climate Smart Farming (Mann Library- Stone Classroom)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM   Surface Exploration (Dome in Milstein Hall)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   A Universe of All Sizes (Olin 245)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM   Connecting People & Plants (Nevin Welcome Center)

(back to overall schedule)

UU - E Schedule

Wednesday – all UU groups together 

2:00-3:00 PM    UU Opening program (Townhouses Community Center) 

3:00-4:30 PM     Campus Tour (Leave from Townhouses Community Center)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Food, Fun, & Fitness (Ag Quad A. Rain location: AG Quad Surge Space Room: ASA109)

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM   Using Gist (MVR G331)

12:00-1:00 PM     Lunch (Physical Sciences Atrium)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  All About Me (MVR 1102)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Climate Smart Farming (Mann Library- Stone Classroom)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Digging It (Johnson Museum of Art)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM   Surface Exploration (Dome in Milstein Hall)

(back to overall schedule)

UU - F Schedule

Wednesday – all UU groups together 

2:00-3:00 PM    UU Opening program (Townhouses Community Center) 

3:00-4:30 PM     Campus Tour (Leave from Townhouses Community Center)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Mechanics of Metamaterials (Hollister 372)

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM   Exploring nanotechnology (Duffield Hall Atrium) 

12:00-1:00 PM     Lunch (Physical Sciences Atrium)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   Using Gist (MVR G331)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Food, Fun, & Fitness (Ag Quad A. Rain location: AG Quad Surge Space Room: ASA109)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   All About Me (MVR 1102)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM   Digging It (Johnson Museum of Art)

(back to overall schedule)

UU - G Schedule

Wednesday – all UU groups together 

2:00-3:00 PM    UU Opening program (Townhouses Community Center) 

3:00-4:30 PM     Campus Tour (Leave from Townhouses Community Center)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Exploring nanotechnology (Duffield Hall Atrium)

10:30 AM- 11:30 AM   A Universe of All Sizes (Olin 245)

12:00-1:00 PM     Lunch (Physical Sciences Atrium)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   Connecting People & Plants (Nevin Welcome Center)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM   Using Gist (MVR G331)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Surface Exploration (Dome in Milstein Hall)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM   Climate Smart Farming (Mann Library- Stone Classroom)

(back to overall schedule)

Animal Trackers: A Tech Expedition

Institute for Resource Information Sciences, School of Integrative Plant Science, Soil and Crop Sciences 


Maximum number of youth: 15 


Embark on an exciting journey into the realm of critter tracking with our "Animal Trackers" workshop! Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of rolling robots and flying “eyes in the sky” as they aid researchers in detective work to monitor the movements of both domestic and wild animals. This hands-on program invites you to explore the cutting-edge technology that revolutionizes the way we study and understand animal behaviors and environments. 


Packing Suggestions: Many activities will take place outside and involve walking the campus.  Comfortable shoes are recommended. 

Day 1: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Ice breaker and Orientation 135 Emerson 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM GPS and Geocaching Outdoors 

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Intro to StoryMaps 135 Emerson 


Day 2: Thursday, June 27, 2024 


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Migration: Land Sea and Air 135 Emerson 

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Lab of Ornithology Outdoors  

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Tracking Apps 135 Emerson 

11:00 AM – Noon GeoArt Challenge Outdoors 

Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch 

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM StoryMaps 135 Emerson 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Pet Tracking Outdoors 

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Animal Soil Painting 135 Emerson 

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM StoryMaps 135 Emerson 

Day 3: Friday, June 28, 2024 


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Futurama - Speculative Design 135 Emerson 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Robots in the Barnyard 135 Emerson 

11:00AM – 11:30 AM StoryMaps take home 135 Emerson  

(back to overall schedule)

Be a Foodie and Eat the Science! 

Food Science 


Maximum number of youth: 15 


During this event, we will explore the science behind our food through a series of engaging and hands-on activities, experiments and challenges. There are three main focuses: 1) learn about food science in general and what you can do with a degree in food science, 2) learn about food safety through a restaurant outbreak investigation escape room, and 3) learn about how to prepare a new product through a product development that challenges students to make a new summer drink that changes color.   


Packing Suggestions: Close-toed shoes for lab activities 

Day 1: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 
2:00 PM -2:30 PM     Introduction to the event and icebreaker     Stocking Hall 148 
2:30 PM-3:00 PM     Introduction to food science      Stocking Hall 148 
3:00 PM-3:10 PM     Break     Stocking Hall  
3:10 PM-3:40 PM     Interactive activity: mock interview of food scientists     Stocking Hall 148 
3:40 PM-4:10 PM     Introduction to food microbiology     Stocking Hall 148 
4:10 PM– 4:30 PM     Interactive activity: Kahoot!     Stocking Hall 148 
Day 2: Thursday, June 27, 2024 
Escape Room Investigation: A Restaurant Outbreak      
9:00 AM-9:30 AM     Overview of the case and escape room rules     Stocking Hall 148 
9:30 AM-10:30 AM     Investigation     Stocking Hall 148, PD kitchen and conference room 
10:30 AM-10:40 AM     Break     Stocking Hall 
10:40 AM- 11:10 AM     Prepare for case finding presentation     Stocking Hall 148 
11:10 AM-11:50 AM     Group presentation on the case investigation     Stocking Hall 148 
12 PM      Lunch     Physical Sciences Atrium 

Developing a Color-changing Summer Drink      
1:00 PM-1:30 PM     Introduction to food product development and sensory evaluation     Stocking Hall 148 
1:30 PM-2:00 PM     Overview of the project and rules      
2:00 PM-2:10 PM     Break     Stocking Hall 148 
2:10 PM-4:00 PM     New summer drink idealization and trials (Take breaks as needed)    Stocking Hall 148 and PD kitchen 
Day 3: Friday, June 28, 2024 
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM     Drink preparation     Stocking Hall 148 and PD kitchen 
10:00 AM-10:10 AM     Break     Stocking Hall sensory booth2 
10:10 AM-11:10 AM     Sensory Evaluation     Stocking Hall 148 
11:10 AM-11:30 AM     Results Announcement and Event Conclusion      Stocking Hall 148 

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Be Our Guest: Welcome to Hospitality 

Statler Hotel 


Maximum number of youth: 12 


The Statler Hotel is the Premier Teaching Hotel as part of the world’s #1 school for hospitality education: The Nolan School of Hotel Administration. The hospitality industry is one of the world’s largest industries. With a wide range of segments including Food & Beverage, Lodging, Recreation, Travel & Tourism and Meetings & Events. There are endless career opportunities in hospitality, including: rooms and food/beverage operations service, management and leadership roles, career paths in support areas such as sales, marketing, finance, facilities, information technology, and human resources.. 


This program will introduce the exciting world of hospitality. Learn how hotels and restaurants create memorable guest experiences. Have fun, learn, and test your new hospitality skills with our hands-on activities, including:  

  • Create Your Own Signature Smoothie 

  • Making The Perfect Bed 

  • Setting The Table 

  • Server Derby 

  • Crafting a Mocktail 

  • The Great 4-H Bakeoff 

  • And more! 


Packing Suggestions: Participants should wear nice, casual slacks (khakis would be fine), no shorts, no jeans, no yoga pants.  Polo shirts, button down shirts or blouses, short sleeves okay, no hats, appropriate non-slip shoes. 

Day 1: Wednesday June 26, 2024 

2:00pm    Welcome and Introductions            Statler Hotel Mtg Rm 

2:15pm    Presentation:  Background on the         Statler Hotel Mtg Rm 

Hotel School and Statler Hotel 

2:30pm    Icebreaker activity                    Statler Hotel Mtg Rm 

2:45pm    Tour of the Statler Hotel         

3:30pm    “Craft Your Own Mocktail”                Statler Hotel Mtg Rm 


Day 2: Thursday June 27, 2024 

9:00am    “Creating Smoothies”                Terrace Restaurant 

10:15am    “Making the Perfect Bed”                Statler Guest Rooms 

12:00pm    Lunch Break 

1:00pm    “Scavenger Hunt”                    Statler Guest Rooms 

2:15pm    “Setting & Serving a Table”                Statler Hotel Mtg Rm 

3:30pm    “4-H Server Derby”                    Space TBD 


Day 3: Friday June 28, 2024 

9:00am    “The Great 4-H Bake-Off”                Main Kitchen 

10:45am    “Statler Trivia”                    Statler Hotel Mtg Rm 

11:15am    Wrap Up                        Statler Hotel Mtg Rm 

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'Dream Your Landscape' Design Studio: Working with Nature for Meaningful Place-Making 

New York State Water Resources Institute, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell CALS 


Maximum number of youth: 10 


This workshop is a landscape design crash course! What does it mean to understand and create a 'place'? Participants will delve into the fundamentals and practicalities of landscape design over a course of three days, including an introduction to careers in the environment. The program is split into two parts:  

  • Part 1 focuses on understanding design principles and site analysis. Participants learn about landscape architecture's history, design principles, and engage in sketching exercises. Site context and ecology, including climate change, are explored through surveys and plant identification activities. 

  • Part 2 shifts to design implementation and presentation skills. Participants work with both digital and analog tools, learning CAD basics and practicing visual communication. Material palettes for ecological design are introduced through hands-on construction activities. The workshop culminates in project presentations and reflections on career paths in environmental work. 


Packing Suggestions: Water bottle, hats, sunscreen, comfortable closed shoes, sketchbooks for outdoor note-taking.


Location: All activities in 401 Riley Robb Hall

Wednesday 26th June 

Session 1: Introduction  

  • About the Water Resources Institute and what we do 

  • Overview of schedule, goals, and expectations  


Session 2: What is landscape architecture?  

  • Overview of landscape architecture history and contemporary practices 

  • Basic design principles: scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, and harmony 

  • Quick sketching exercise: observation and interpretation of natural landscapes (nearby field visit) 


Thursday 27th June 

Session 2: How do you read landscape? What is a design process? (Site visit: Sage Chapel) 

  • Understanding site context: topography, climate, soil, vegetation, and human factors 

  • Site survey techniques: measuring, mapping, and documentation 

  • Mini design charrette: brainstorming and sketching site design ideas 

Session 3: Understanding ecology and climate change  

  • Introduction to plant biology, classification, and ecological considerations  

  • Fundamentals of what climate change is and how it affects your immediate environment 

  • Sustainable landscape design principles: water conservation, biodiversity, and habitat creation (How beavers do it/ Emily Fell’s talk/Community Science Institute activity) 

  • Hands-on activity: plant identification and selection exercise using local plant specimens (Botanic gardens visit/collaboration) 


Session 4: Design tools: digital and analog  

  • Fundamentals of visual communication: sketching, rendering, and graphic design  

  • Basic principles of computer-aided design: AI for concept generation 

  • Hybrid design exercise: creating a simple site plan or concept model 


Friday 28th June 

Session 6: Present your work and make a portfolio  

  • Final design presentation: students present their completed projects and receive feedback 

  • Products/Design output examples (Boards, books, pamphlets, zines, websites, etc.)  

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Exploration of STEM through Smart Firegear 

Department of Human Centered Design 


Maximum number of youth: 15 


Participants will experience, learn and understand technologies, science, materials and human factors employed to develop firefighting gear, through discussion, guest speaker talk, games and lab activities. 


Packing Suggestions: none 

Day 1: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 

Program from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM 


2:00 PM Welcome and ice breaker HEB 121 

  • Ice breaker games 

  • Fabric structures activity 

  • Simple Jersey knit structure with a ball of yarn 

  • Activity: How does a circular knitting machine work? 


2:30 PM Introduction to Firefighter Gear Design HEB 121 

Clothing: Boundary between micro‐climate environment and external environment 

  • What is smart clothing? 

  • Military examples 

  • Athlete examples 

  • Healthcare examples 

  • Fashion examples  

  • $24 Billion dollar industry by 2024 

  • Ergonomics Design approaches 

  • Human Factors 

  • Ergonomics 

  • Clothing for fashion vs clothing for function 


2:45 PM Anthropometry Activity HEB 121 

  • Mobility Evaluation 

  • Range of Motion 

  • Sagittal, Transverse, and Frontal 

  • Flexion vs Extension 

  • Abduction vs Adduction 

  • Medial vs lateral 

  • Wrinkle Analysis 

  • Movement Pattern Analysis 

  • ASTM standards for body measurement and self-evaluation 


3:30 PM Introduction to 3D Scanning Technology HEB 121 

  • 3D Body Scan Technology and its use in research and industry 

  • Scans used as 3D avatars for virtual garment development and fit evaluation 

  • Statistical analysis of body scans databases to develop sizing systems 

  • Direct to consumer made-to-measure clothing (Unspun, Zellerfield) 


3:45 PM 3D Body Scanning HEB 112 

  • 3D body scanner demonstration and scanning activity 


Day 2: Thursday, June 27, 2024 

Program from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with a break for lunch from 12 to 1 PM. 


9-12: “Wearability, Materials, and Fabrication” 


9:00 AM Introduction to Wearability & Design HEB 121 

  • Health Issues facing Fire fighters 

  • Slips, trips, and falls (#2 health concern) 

  • Cardiovascular Malfunction (#1 health concern) 

  • Compressive burn injuries 

  • PPE Design  

  • Human Physiology, Metabolism, Gender difference in thermal sensitivity  

  • Heat Transfer Mechanism (Human response to heat/cold stress) 

  • Evaporation, Radiation, Convection, Conduction  

  • Tcore and Tskin 

  • Thermal Insulation, Evaporative resistance 

  • Clo Value (Measure of thermal resistance) 

  • Thermal Manikin Testing 

  • Blood flow and temp: Vasoconstriction and Vasodilation  

  • Heat Balance of the body vs the extremities  

  • Thermal mechanism of 3 layers 

  • Rescue Strap 

  • Elbow and Knee abrasion protection 

  • Donning/Doffing 

  • Ebola protective clothing project 


9:30 AM Fire Gear Games HEB 121 

  • Dexterity, mobility and comfort evaluation of existing fire-gear.  

  • Mobility Definition 

  • Human factors affecting mobility (skin deformation, etc) 

  • Material factors affecting mobility 

  • Weight, thickness, stiffness, stretch-recovery and surface 

  • Size, fit and design affecting mobility 

  • Compatibility affecting mobility 

  • Weight of protective outfit and equipment affecting mobility 

  • How to improve mobility 

  • Patterns for active mobility 

  • Why is sweat (wetness) a problem while designing or selecting materials for protective gear like gloves – (decrease breathability, lose considerable amount of still layer of air and accelerate heat loss) 


11:00 AM Introduction to Materials HEB 121 

  • Importance of materials, textile testing and standardizations in PPE 

  • What are the upcoming material innovations? 

  • How do Fabric Systems work? 

  • Clothing = Fabric System = Mixture of Solid Fiber + Entrapped Air + Moisture 

  • Fire Gear Teardown Activity: What’s inside? 


11: 30 AM On-Body Sensors and Monitoring HEB 121 

  • Non-invasive monitoring: why is this important for firefighters? 

  • Prediction and estimation: when direct measurement is not possible 

  • Survey of on-body sensors: skin temperature, heartrate, core body temperature 

  • Novel sensors: finding the optimal sensor location 

  • Hands on activity 


1-4:30: “Wearability, Materials, and Fabrication” 


1:00 PM Introduction to Circuits HEB 121 

  • Introduction to electronic devices: battery, breadboard, resistor, LED 

  • Breadboard activity: how to create a basic circuit 

  • From circuits to clothing: what are the differences? 


1:30 PM Conductive Ink Screen Printing Activity HEB 121 

  • Modern fabrication methods using flexible circuits  

  • Sensors 

  • Fiber Optics 

  • Conductive Ink (Introduce Concept of flexible sensors) 

  • Circuitry Design 


3:30 PM Advanced Motion Capture System HEB 121 

  • Motion capture system 


Day 3: Friday, June 28, 2024 

Program from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. 


9-12: “Smart Fire-Gear & Future Technologies" 


9:00 AM Introduction to Smart Fire Gear Design HEB 121 

  • Design interventions in fire boots for better performance and safety.  

  • What is the importance of shank in fire boots 

  • Cross section of boots to show the different materials and their use 

  • Introduction to smart fire gear and emerging technological advancements in the field of design.  

  • Magnetic gloves 

  • Cooling shirt and material 

  • Motorcycle HUD (Google Jacquard Jacket etc) 


9:30 AM Tour of D2FS D2FS 

  • Manufacturing capabilities and future technologies of production 


10:00 AM Firefighter Speaker HEB 121 

  • Interaction with firefighters to learn about their on-the-job experiences and challenges 


11:00 AM Firefighter Design Activity HEB 121 

  • Conceptualize, ideate and create a firefighter uniform design based on their learnings over the course of the program. 

  • FEA Model 

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Exploring the Cosmos 

Astronomy Department 


Maximum number of youth: 20 


In this program, you will explore the meaning behind Carl Sagan’s famous words: “We are made of star-stuff.” You will do science and take on the challenge of discovery through hands-on activities and demonstrations. You will follow the journey of a single atom through the cosmos, beginning with the Big Bang, passing through the life cycles of stars, and finally arriving at the birth of the Solar System, our home planet Earth, and the origin of life. Along the way, you will gain knowledge and skills that are fundamental to a variety of career paths, including scientific and medical research, engineering, “Big Data”, and even art and music! 


Packing Suggestions: none 

Day 1: Wednesday June 26, 2024
2 – 3 PM Intro & Icebreakers Space Sciences Building (SSB) 105
3 – 4:30 PM Astrobiology Experiment SSB 105

Day 2: Thursday June 27, 2024
9 – 10:30 AM Discovering Alien Oceans: Magnetism Space Sciences Building (SSB) 105
10:30 – 12 PM Exploring Mars: Magic Planet and VR SPIF
12 – 1 PM Lunch Break Physical Sciences Atrium
1 – 2 PM Size of the Universe SSB 105
2 – 3 PM Searching for Aliens SSB 105
Sun Viewing and Tour of Fuertes
3 – 4 PM Observatory Fuertes Observatory


Observing Night (weather permitting) *this night is subject to change*

9:30 – 11 PM Fuertes Observatory

Day 3: Friday June 28, 2024
9 – 10:30 AM Career Explorations Panel Space Sciences Building (SSB) 105
10:30 – 11:30 AM Liquid nitrogen ice cream; wrap-up SSB 105 

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Harnessing Horsemanship 

Animal Science 


Maximum number of youth: 15 


Join us for an immersive three-day journey into the world of equine careers! Designed to offer hands-on experiences and valuable insights, this trip will showcase various facets of the equine industry. The second day will be a full-day excursion to the Goshen Harness Racing Museum, where you will delve into the rich history and culture of harness racing. Enjoy guided tours, interactive exhibits, and insights into the world of standardbred racing. 


Packing Suggestions: Comfortable clothing suitable for indoor and outdoor activities. Closed-toe shoes for walking and exploring. Sunscreen and hats for outdoor excursions 

Day 1: Wednesday, June 26, 2024

2:00 PM Welcome- walk to pavilion (Lobby in Morrison Hall)

2:15 PM Genotypes Lab- with horses (Livestock Pavilion)

3:30 PM  Genotype Lab (Morrison Hall, room 101)

4 – 4:30 PM   Tour of building and discussion about different programs (Morison Hall)


Day 2: Thursday, June 27, 2024

5:45 AM Meet vans for field trip. Be on time. (Robert Purcell Community Center)

9:00 AM         Tour of Race Track (Goshen Race Track)

10:30 AM       Tour of Museum (Goshen Racing Museum)

12:00 PM       Lunch (Conference room, Goshen Racing Museum)

1:00 PM         Leave for Farm        

1:30 PM         Farm Tour (Blue Chip Farm)

2:45 PM         Leave for campus   

5:30ish           Drop off back on campus (Robert Purcell Community Center)


Day 3: Friday, June 28, 2024

9:00 AM         Welcome and regroup (Lobby, Morrison Hall)

9:20 AM         Tour of Vet Equine Hospital, Equine Park, and Equine Research Station            Vet School

11:15 AM       Regroup (Lobby Morrison Hall)

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Story, Design, Action: Career Paths in World-Making  



Maximum number of youth: 15 


Through hands-on media-making workshops, Story, Design, Action showcases career paths in design thinking, media design, and strategic storytelling, from gathering evidence with communities to sharing cutting-edge research between collaborators to informing and persuading policy-makers and communities  in such areas as Environmental studies, Human rights and international law, Public health and well-being, and Economic and social development. Explore campus then document and reflect on your explorations in a mini TED-like talk about your experiences. See examples such transmedia genres and media platforms as Science Rap, Info Comics, PechaKucha, Dance Your PhD, TikTok, Instagram, Comic Life, and Canva.  


Packing Suggestions: Backpack, notebook. Smartphone or tablet if available. If you don’t have your own equipment, you will be able to share with someone else. 

Day 1: Wednesday, June 26, 2024

2:00 – 2:30      Welcome, Tribal Acknowledgement, Intros    Mann 160

2:30 – 3:00      Ag Quad as Information Architecture   Ag Quad

3:00 – 4:00      Global Development, Health Access Connect & Data Storytelling               Warren B-50

4:00 – 4:30      Cosmogram as Experience Base and Guidance Device             Mann 160


Day 2: Thursday, June 27, 2024

9:00  – 10:00  Literatures in English, 4H & Civic Storytelling     AD White House

10:00 - 10:30 Arts Quad as Experience Design               Arts Quad

10:30 – 11:30 Museums, Art & Experience Design              Johnson Museum

11:30 – 12:00 Harry Potter and Experiential Architectures               Uris Library

12:00 – 1:00    Lunch Physical Sci Atrium

1:00 – 1:30      Engineering Quad as Operational Database        Engineering Quad

1:30 – 2:30      Information Science & Civic Storytelling, DE2         Gates 114

2:30 – 4:00      Canva, Transmedia Storytelling, Open Studio/Lab        Mann 160


Day 3: Friday, June 28, 2024

9:00 – 10:00         Open Studio/Lab          Mann 160 

10:00 – 10:300     Studio Rehearsal          Mann 160 

10:30 – 11:30       4-H Transmedia Festival           Mann 160 

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The Future of Food 

4-H Food Systems Program Work Team and AgriTech 


Maximum number of youth: 20 


The future of food includes… you! Did you know there are many careers related to food that just might match your interests whether they are in science, social studies, entrepreneurship, and education to name a few? In this track, you will learn about a wide variety of careers contributing to the sustainability of food systems through fun and engaging activities across Cornell’s campus. You will also get the unique opportunity to visit Cornell AgriTech, a world-famous agricultural experiment station! The activities will showcase cutting edge technology and let you take part in the science of growing and making food as well as food security and food sovereignty efforts.  


Packing Suggestions: Dress appropriately to be outside on a farm: sun hat, raincoat, closed-toe walking shoes that you won’t mind getting wet and dirty. Full leg coverage such as long pants, leggings, etc. are recommended. Bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray.  

Day 1: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 

01:40 PM    Interactive icebreaker & Roles in the Food Systems (Mingla Charoenmuang, Cornell Botanic Garden) 

02:00 PM     Walk over to Dilmun Hill Student Farm

02:45 PM    The use of pee as a fertilizer & farm tour (Rebecca Nelson & Ryan Maher, Dilmun Hill Student Farm) 

04:00 PM     Start walking back to dorms 


Day 2: Thursday, June 27, 2024 

08:30 AM    Travel to AgriTech (meet in RPCC)

09:45 AM    Bus arrival 

10:00 AM    Bus to Field activities at McCarthy farm 

10:30 AM     Digital Agriculture- robots, drones, and weed-zappers! (Lynn Sosnoski, Katie Gold, & Yu Jiang, Crittenden Farm)  

11:15 AM    Fruit and Vegetable collections (Ben Gutierrez, Erin Galarneau, Kerik Cox, & Līga Kalnina, McCarthy Farm) 

12:00 PM    Return to Jordan Hall (bus) 

12:15 PM    Lunch in Jordan Hall auditorium or pavilion 

01:00 PM    Walk across North Street 

01:15 PM     Food Processing Demo at Cornell Food Venture Center (Bruno Xavier, Cynthia James, & Liz Sullivanin, Food Research Laboratory Bldg) 

02:00 PM     Insects and Pest Management (Alejandro Calixto & Amara Dunn, NYS IPM Bldg) 

02:45 PM    Horticulture topic (Chris Smart, TBD) 

03:30 PM    Break 

03:45 PM    Get on the bus and travel back to campus 

Day 3: Friday, June 28, 2024  

08:50 AM    Figueroa Interdisciplinary Group (FIG) Lab (Roger Figueroa, MVR or Morrison Hall) 

09:45 AM    Walk to the Pounder Vegetable Garden 

10:15 AM    Interactive activity: Vegetable Varieties Trial Garden (Ashley Miller Helmholdt, Pounder Vegetable Garden) 

11:15 AM    Reflection and Track Conclusion  (Mingla Charoenmuang, Cornell Botanic Garden) 

11:30 AM    Walk to Statler Auditorium for Closing Ceremony and Farewell 

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What Women Scientists Can Do!

Human Development 


Maximum number of youth: 25 


Ever wondered how stereotypes impact your grades without you even realizing it? Curious about the effects of getting--or not getting--social preferential treatment? Are there negative consequences for confronting sexism? How can we get people to blame victims less and believe them more?  And, what can we do about these and other critical real-world problems? Let's dive into these topics together! Meet awesome women scientists and learn about the many types of research done in psychology and human development. Through interactive talks, videos, and activities, this program will give you a glimpse of what it’s like to be a social scientist in real life today. 


Packing Suggestions: none 

Day 1: Wednesday, June 26
2:00PM – 2:30PM    Welcome & Introduction to Social Science Research    MVR (Martha Van Rensselaer) Hall 1106
2:30PM – 3:00PM    Video and discussion: Three Girls Discover their Love of Science    MVR 1106
3:00PM – 3:30PM
**brief break    Video and discussion: Nicole Ceci: International Energy Engineer    MVR 1106
3:45PM – 4:30PM    Lesson and Activity: What are the positive and negative consequences for confronting sexism? (Minghui Ni)    MVR 1106

Day 2: Thursday, June 27
9:00AM – 9:15AM    Welcome back     MVR 1106
9:15AM – 10:00AM    Lesson and Activity: Prejudice and Stereotyping      MVR 1106
10:00AM – 10:45AM **brief break    Lesson and Activity: Social preferential treatment (Victoria Rivera)     MVR 1106
11:15AM – 12:00PM    Lesson and Activity: Victim blaming (Sarah Milliron)    MVR 1106
12:00PM – 1:00PM    Lunch     Outside Kennedy Hall
1:00PM – 2:30PM    Visit the Brain Exhibit (with Rikki Laser)    Uris 202
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
***brief break    Video and discussion: Underrepresented Youth Using Science as a Ticket Up    MVR 1106
3:15 PM – 3:45PM    Video and discussion: Matt Miller talks Engineering with Daughter Chaney    MVR 1106
3:45PM – 4:30PM    Lesson and Activity: What can we do about critical real-world problems?     MVR 1106


Day 3: Friday, June 28
9:00AM – 9:45AM    Video and discussion: Women, Science and Motherhood: Choices Then and Now    MVR 1106
9:45AM – 10:00 AM    Video and discussion: Lauren Hodge: 14-Year-Old Google Science Fair Winner    MVR 1106
10:00AM – 11:15AM    Visit Johnson Art Museum    Johnson Museum
11:15AM – 11:30AM    Closing: What did we learn?    Arts Quad

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Where Life and Engineering Meet 

Biomedical Engineering 


Maximum number of youth: 17 


This workshop introduces students to the profession of Biomedical Engineering and the conduct of experimental research exploring the intersection of biology and physics. Students will engage with live chick embryos, perform tissue isolations, conduct experimental measurements, and authentic scientific laboratory practices.  


Packing Suggestions: Close-toed shoes for lab activities 

Day 1: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
2:00 PM-2:15 PM    Walk to Weill     
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM    Introduction (rules and lab tour)    Weill 321


Concurrent session (Weill 310):
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM    Cell culture
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM    Bioreactors (Biofluidic)    


Day 2: Thursday, June 27, 2024
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM    Embryonic development/function presentation:    Weill 321


Concurrent session (Weill 310):
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM    Embryonic heart dissection
10:15 AM – 11:15 PM    Stages of chick development     

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM    Ex ovo chick culture:    Weill 310
12 PM – 1:00 PM    Lunch    
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM    Heart biology presentation:    Weill 321


Concurrent session (Weill 310):
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM    Porcine heart dissection
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM    Heart valve sectioning     

3:30PM – 4:00 PM    BME career and pathways    Weill 321

Day 3: Friday, June 28, 2024
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM    Biomanufacturing presentation    Weill 321


Concurrent session (Weill 310):
9:10 AM – 10:00 AM    Bioprinting
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM    Biomaterials: Hydrogels     


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM    Wrap-up game    Weill 321/Outside

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PRYDE Youth Investigators in Action Summit 

Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research: Program for Research on Youth Development (PRYDE) 


Day 1: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 

2:00 PM    Welcome and ice breaker activities (MVR Hall, T-219) 

2:15 PM    Introduction to Social Justice (MVR Hall, T-219) 

2:45 PM    Exploring Social Identities (MVR Hall, T-219) 

3:20 PM    Data Scavenger Hunt (Mann Stone Classroom) 


Day 2: Thursday, June 27, 2024 

9:00 AM    Welcome and ice breaker activities (MVR Hall, T-219) 

9:15 AM    Qualitative Interviewing 101 (MVR Hall, T-219) 

10:00 AM    Youth Investigators Interview College Students (MVR Commons) 

10:45 AM    Let’s Learn Thematic Analysis (MVR Hall, T-219) 

12:00 PM     Lunch 

1:00 PM    Photovoice Activity (Anabel Taylor Hall) 

2:15 PM    Data Analysis – Putting it All Together (MVR T-219) 

3:00 PM    Spheres of Influence Activity (MVR T-219) 

3:45 PM    WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan) (MVR T-219) 



Day 3: Friday, June 28, 2024 

9:00 AM    Welcome and ice breaker activities (MVR Hall, T-219) 

9:15 AM    Preparing to Disseminate Findings (MVR Hall, T-219) 

10:30 AM    Presenting Recommendations for Change (MVR Hall, 1157) 

11:00 AM    Feedback from Youth / Youth Investigators Completion Ceremony  (MVR Hall, 1157) 

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