STEM Pipeline Blog / December 2, 2021
4-H STEM Programs: Are You Up for the Challenge?
Whether you are at home, at school, with your friends, or at camp, 4-H has a challenge for you!
4-H at Home
It’s that time of year again to break out the winter gloves, boots, and snow pants and explore the cold and snow! Did you know that Winter is a great time of year to put your scientific skills to the test and brave the cold with science experiments? Check out these 84 science lessons you can do at home or try these experiments with hot chocolate!
Whether you’re a 4-H member, a virtual learner, a homeschooler or just looking for some quick and fun activities to take your interests to the next level, 4-H At Home STEM Activities has something for everyone.
4-H in the Classroom and Out of School Time Programs
Teachers and Educators, need some ideas for teaching science in the classroom? Check out these resources.
The 4-H Science is a Blast in the Class curriculum will have your classes or afterschool programs having a blast in no time! This curriculum includes a variety of hands-on lesson plans, including experiments for first grade through high school. Lessons are grouped by grade level within content areas.
Materials can be used in a variety of formal and informal environments. Science Blast in the Class is a great resource for teachers in the classroom, those working in after-school programs or as part of a club. The guide includes 13 hands-on lessons in topics including Animal Science, Environmental Science and Plant Science, as well as a wealth of support material that educators can utilize to enrich the science learning process.
The 2021 4-H STEM Challenge, Galactic Quest, designed by Clemson University, focuses on the mysteries and adventures of space exploration. Galactic Quest explores the history of humans in space, the technology and resources needed for missions, and the obstacles humans encounter in orbit. Activities explore important STEM topics ranging from physics and engineering to computer science and space agriculture.
Activities can be done all at once or individually, making it great for classrooms, afterschool programs, clubs, parents, and more.
- Astro Adventure: This unplugged board game promotes teamwork as kids gather the resources needed to live and work in deep space.
- Stellar Optics: In this offline activity, kids build a telescope and learn about physics and light and how telescopes have been used to explore space.
- Cosmic Claw: Kids work hands-on to engineer a mechanical arm that works to harvest crops in space.
- Cyber Satellite: In this computer science activity, kids learn about cyber security and decoding to stay safe from obstacles in orbit.
Saginaw County teachers, classrooms, and youth groups-Team up with Saginaw 4-H to offer this STEM challenge and receive your learning kits for FREE!
4-H at Camp
4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp is a place for teens to have fun and amazing outdoor hands-on learning experiences as they go charter fishing, snorkeling, sailing, hike through forests, wade through wetlands, explore dunes and more!
Learning sessions and recreation are designed to:
- Increase appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoors, natural resources, and science and knowledge about the Great Lakes.
- Foster scientifically rooted environmental stewardship.
- Develop and expand career and personal interests
- Develop leadership skills and self-confidence.
This fun and engaging MSU pre-college program could be the highlight of your summer – it could even change your life! Saginaw 4-H members who are eligible can attend the camp for FREE. Enroll in Saginaw 4-H today!
4-H Program Highlight
The Wild Spartans Series: Follow along as we climb through bogs, peer into bear dens, mist net songbirds, snorkel for fish, or perhaps even tag deer.
Join 4-H staff as we look into life working with fisheries and wildlife! Meet natural resources professionals, learn about their field work, and the education and career path they’ve followed to get there. Monthly Sessions will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm EST starting in January. Each 30-minute session will feature 1-2 guest speakers. Youth will be encouraged to ask questions to learn more through a live Q&A with scientists. This free series is open to 4-H and non-4-H youth ages 12-19 years. Pre-registration is required.
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