Mark Light is an Ohio State Extension Associate Professor in 4-H Youth Development with a focus on empowering Hardin County youth to take leadership roles in our community around Science Technology Engineering and Math . He lives in Hardin County with his family and was a 4-H member of the Putnam County program. He went to college at Ohio Northern University where he received Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In 2002, he received his master’s in College Student Personnel. He finished his Phd in Agriculture and Extension Education at The Ohio State University in 2021. He was the 4-H educator in Allen County for about 4 years before moving to Hardin County where his kids were participating. He has been in Hardin County for 11 years.
With an engineering background, he has always been an advocate of STEM based programs. This has also led to many grants for both Hardin county and the state. Over 11 years of writing STEM based grants, he has brought educational materials and equipment to youth across the state that would not have access to this type of technology. Drones, robotics, 3-D printers, iPads, circuits, and other technology has been provided to youth through his efforts. Mark enjoys exploring new technology and helping others adapt processes to include technology. Seeing youth have a “spark” when they discover something new is a point of pride for him. His current grants have involved funding from Microsoft, Google, and Apple centered around Technology and Computer Science Recently Mark took a one year appointment as the Leader of Ohio 4-H Stem and Digital Engagement Innovations. He will continue STEM programming with Hardin County schools 1 day a week, while helping to grow STEM and Technology programing in 4-H across the state.