Digital Agriculture Exploration for 4-H Youth: Geospatial Connections

Global Position System (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, and the products of remote sensing are fundamental technologies introduced to educators and youth through the 4-H Geospatial Science and Technology Program. They are also critical components of digital agriculture strategies. The 2022 CCE Summer Intern would work with Cornell faculty to research and identify key concepts of digital agriculture and working with county educators integrate them into hands-on activities for youth and suitable for use in camps, clubs, and afterschool programs. The current Smith Lever-funded 4-H Geospatial program theme is “Where’s the Food?” This project will raise awareness among youth of the contribution of groundbreaking interdisciplinary research at Cornell to New York farm enterprises and consumers.

Roles and responsibilities 

The student intern will receive training in positive youth development and geospatial technology. The intern will research Digital Agriculture activities and resources at Cornell. Dr. Louis Longchamps has agreed to assist with the investigation. In partnership with 4-H educators, Digital Agriculture concepts will be translated and integrated into new and existing activities and curricula. The intern will assist designing activities and pilot testing with educators and youth. The intern will meet with the teens leaders of NY GGLEAD team to ensure the activities align with state and national extension goals.

Qualifications and previous coursework

This opportunity is available to students in Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

This internship requires the ability to translate complex science concepts into manipulatives and multimedia materials for youth. Science and math coursework, demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, and an interest in working with youth is critical. Geospatial technology training will be provided.

Learning outcomes 

In addition to learning the basic tools of geospatial technology, and evidence-based strategies for positive youth development programs, the student intern will contribute directly to extension programs in local communities. The intern will be mentored in career skills of document preparation for stakeholders, working in intergenerational teams, and in-person and remote presentation planning.