4-H sySTEMatics

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The 4-H sySTEMatics program was created from an innovative partnership between Milwaukee County 4-H and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Continuing Education. The program is available for 7th and 8th grade youth in the City of Milwaukee, and focuses on STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) with an emphasis on college preparation. Youth take at least 8 STEM lessons and 3 pre-college lessons at their school throughout the academic year and attend a one day event at UW-Waukesha where they participate in hands-on classes and earn a Continuing Education Unit (CEU). There is an end of the year Science Fair and Recognition Ceremony where the youth receive a 4-H STEM Certificate. This program is designed to help the students establish a strong academic STEM foundation while developing a formal connection to UW-Waukesha and the realm of higher education.

There are 3 levels of the program, 1st– general STEM subjects, 2nd– focused on certain STEM fields such as aerospace, ecology, animal science, 3rd– attending a UW Colleges summer experience.

For the third level of the program, dedicated students apply and are chosen to attend a 2 year University of Wisconsin-College campus for one-week during the summer, following completion of Level Two. During the past two summers, UW-Waukesha Continuing Education and UW-Extension Milwaukee County brought the youth to UW-Richland for a week to learn, live, and experience college. 52 youth total have attended the summer experience. Excerpts from scholarships written by student who attended the Pre-College 4-H STEM summer experience at UW-Richland.

Click on this document for Program FAQ Sheet about the program.

2013-2014 4-H sySTEMatics Program Sites
–  Clark Street School                                                       –   Fernwood Montessori School
–  Keefe Avenue School                                                    –  La Causa Charter School
–  St. Anthony Middle School                                         –  St. Martini Lutheran School
–  Trowbridge Street Elementary School                    –   Westside Academy
–  Windlake Academy

Students Interested in Joining?

Youth who wish to join the program must currently be in 7th or 8th grade at the participating schools. There is a participation fee of $15 or $25 per household (students are still able to participate if their family cannot pay the fee do to financial hardship). Please check in with your school to see who is leading the STEM club or contact the 4-H sySTEMatics Coordinator (information below).

 If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Eva  Terry- 4-H sySTEMatics Coordinator at: 414-256-4627 or eva.terry@ces.uwex.edu
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