John A. (Tony) Cook




John A. (Tony) Cook has been on the faculty of 4-H Youth Development, Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University since 1980 and on the faculty of the College of Education, Auburn University as an Assistant Professor since 1991. His work has primarily been in the area of science & technology education for young people involved in 4-H programs in Alabama but also across the country. Cook has provided leadership to such programs as a partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama and their Space Camp program by providing a special three-day program for youth in 4-H from around the country. He has provided leadership to statewide and national initiatives in science & technology literacy through numerous workshops and conferences, serving on national 4-H leadership teams on science & technology during the 1990s to the present, national promotion and leadership in the aerospace education community, leadership to a national level Community of Practitioners on the development of a national land grant university knowledge base designed and written for the youth audience through eXtension, and directing the development of a national level digital badging system for 4-H. His work at Auburn University with support from the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System has led to the development of the project discussed in this proposal to provide a safe and credible online learning resource for the school aged population of the U.S. inclusive of 4-H.

More recently, Cook has worked with a team on the development of a digital badge system for 4-H that will be introduced to the 4-H community in the Fall of 2013. Digital badges are web-enabled graphic images that contain detailed evidence of learning by the earner. 4-H will introduce five initial badges on the topic of robotics as testing and refinement is completed.

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In October 2014, millions of young people across the nation—like you—will become scientists for the day during the seventh annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD). NYSD is the premiere national rallying event for 4-H Science year-round programming. It brings together thousands of youth, volunteers and educators from the nation’s 109 land-grant colleges and universities to simultaneously complete the National Science Experiment. The 2014 National Science Experiment, Rockets to the Rescue, provides the opportunity to explore firsthand how aerospace engineering can be used to solve real world challenges—such as food distribution in emergency situations—to make a positive impact in our world.

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