Kickstarting 4-H Maker Projects

Kickstarter is a website where people post descriptions of their projects and anyone can chip in to help. Some pledge a few bucks, others preorder the product by contributing above a certain level.

I love how innovative our 4-H members and leaders are. Some of them have already harnessed the power of crowdfunding to make their projects and trips a reality. Others have attempted and learned.

Why U.S. Presidents Like 4-H

U.S. Presidents and 4-H

Every President since William Howard Taft (#27) - all 18 of them, including our present President, Barack Obama (#44) - has met with 4-H members, discussed the future with them, given 4-H’ers encouragement, and thanked them for what they’d given America. In January, 2017, #45 will be inaugurated. We don’t know who that will be yet, but we can be sure 4-H will be present at the start.

Sewing and Science: A Perfect Match

STEAM Clothing Curriculum - stacked

What comes to mind when you think of sewing? A sewing machine? Scissors and fabric? Yes, that is sewing, but it’s also so much more. In fact, sewing and science go perfectly together! We are pleased to release a brand new, peer-reviewed 4-H curriculum developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that explores this concept. The curriculum is called STEAM Clothing. Through it, you will learn about the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math involved in textile science.

4-H is Welcoming to the Maker Movement

During the 2015 NAE4-HA conference I had the opportunity to present on Making and Tinkering in 4-H with professionals from California, Idaho, Illinois, and Nebraska. The room was packed for our roundtable discussions (we also did hands on activities with MaKey MaKey, 3D printing, Arduino, and eTextiles) and everyone that attended was so eager to learn about how they could get involved in the Maker Movement.

4-H Youth in Action Winner Nosa Akol Impacts and Inspires

Nosa Akol - smile - summary

Applications are now underway for the 2016 Youth in Action Awards, one of the highest honors achieved by a 4-H’er and presented at the seventh annual Legacy Awards in Washington, D.C. In the past few years, National 4-H Council has been privileged to honor remarkable 4-H’ers who epitomize 4-H youth empowerment and leadership. Through their 4-H experience and skills gained, these youth have overcome challenges and made a tremendous impact on their family, peers and community.

One youth, in particular, is 2015 Youth in Action winner Nosa Akol.

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