4-H Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Programs

WHAT is 4-H STEM?

Science can be defined as the study of the world around us, a thread that runs through all aspects of our lives. Science is the theory that lies behind all 4-H projects. Technology can be defined as the tools and applications of science that help individuals advance their world and their own development.

The strength of 4-H lies in its emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning opportunities, programs that connect learning to real-life situations and its connection to the Land-Grant University system.

4-H STEM National Mission

One Million New Scientists. One Million New Ideas.™

The United States is falling dangerously behind other nations in developing its future workforce of scientists, engineers, and technology experts. To ensure global competitiveness, we must act now to prepare the next generation of science, engineering, and technology leaders.

Science, Engineering and Technology Programming in the Context of 4-H Youth Development

SET Programming in the Context of 4-H Youth Development The National 4-H STEM Leadership Team commissioned this paper in October 2006 to identify an established set of nationally recognized standards in science, engineering and technology (SET) that 4-H could align with, and a set of life-skill outcomes (SET abilities) that could be addressed with reasonable certainty within the context of 4-H Youth Development.

The report is intended for use by National 4-H STEM Leadership Team members and Extension professionals to support the work of state and county 4-H staff and volunteers, and to serve as a framework for design, implementation and evaluation of 4-H programs and curriculum materials.

Milwaukee County 4-H Youth Development offers several 4-H STEM Programs. Click on each one below for more details.

4-H sySTEMatics (Pre-College STEM) –
A program focused preparing middle school youth to attend college and study STEM majors.  This program is offered in partnership with UW-Waukesha Continuing Education.

4-H Techwizards Program

This program uses of robotics and STEM education as a powerful method for adult mentors to form relationships with young people.  A program funded by the National Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

For more information on Science and Technology for students check out these links:

Student Science – A resource of the Society of Science and the Public https://student.societyforscience.org/sciencenews-students

National Geographic Society http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

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