Yuma, Arizona (NAPSI) - This year, on Oct. 10th, 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) will offer students across the country a chance to take on the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge.

The 2012 National Science Experiment, developed byOhioStateUniversityand Ohio State Cooperative Extension, will test and enhance engineering skills as youth assemble their own Eco-Bots and surface controls designed to manage an environmental cleanup.

According to The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development conducted byTuftsUniversity, by participating in high-quality positive youth development programs like 4-H, youth are more likely to earn better grades and excel in science, and are more interested in pursuing science careers.

The event, sponsored by Lockheed Martin,Toyota, Donaldson Filtration Solutions and John Deere, will allow youth from across the nation to simultaneously complete the experiment.

For information on how to participate, visit www.4-H.org/nysd.