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  • Science Programs

    4-H science programs provide 4-H youth the opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through fun, hands-on activities and projects. For kids who are curious about science-oriented jobs, 4-H offers the STEM Career Pathway, an easy to follow, 4-step framework for exploring, learning, practicing and experiencing STEM careers.

    4-H science programs are available through local clubs, schools and grant-funded programs. Focus areas for 4-H science programs include:

    • Robotics
    • Rocketry
    • Environmental Science
    • Agri-Science
    • Biotechnology
    • Veterinary Science

    4-H science programs and enrollment are managed by local offices – find a local 4-H office near you. For questions regarding 4-H science programs, please contact your local 4-H office.

    The 4-H STEM Career Readiness tool is a 4-step pathway that helps kids explore different careers that interest them and ultimately prepare them for career success. Developed in partnership with Lockheed Martin, the pathway gives kids the opportunity to discover potential career paths, learn the needed skills, practice through hands-on projects and experience a career through real-world professional activities.

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    4-H science programs are designed to foster kids’ passion for science, engineering and technology through hands-on, fun and engaging activities and projects. Youth participate in 4-H science programs through schools, 4-H clubs, and camps.

    4-H science activities and subject areas are diverse, covering a spectrum of science-related topics. Here’s a sample of just a few of our programs:

    • Robotics – 4-H youth in grades 4-12 explore engineering principles, problem solving and teamwork by building robots.
    • 4-H Code Camp – A 4-H club-based program for middle school students to learn computer programming. Students work in teams to create a computer game or product.
    • Tech Wizards – Technology mentors train 4-H youth in emerging technologies such as website development, video and podcast production. 4-H’ers then give back to their communities through a 15-hour technology-related service project.
    • Environmental/Earth Science – 4-H youth learn how to tackle environmental issues in their community through a fun and interactive program.

    Find Your Local 4-H Office

    Your local 4-H office is your key to getting started in 4-H. They can tell you which 4-H science programs are available in your area and how your child can get involved. Use the Find Your Local 4-H locator to find a local 4-H office and begin the process of enrolling your child in 4-H.

    4-H science curriculum provide high quality and affordable educational resources for both 4-H volunteers and staff as well as for parents and teachers outside of the 4-H system. Anyone – 4-H members and non-members – can purchase 4-H science curriculum through the 4-H Mall.


    Build a marshmallow rocket, learn about aerospace & aviation careers and make a paper hot-air balloon – these are just a few of the fun activities in the 4-H Aerospace and Aviation curriculum.

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    Plan, design and build your own robot, from the circuitry to the wiring, using everyday household items through 4-H’s Robotics Curriculum.

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    4-H National Youth Science Day is the nation’s largest youth-led science experiment, celebrating 4-H’s commitment to science and offering thousands of youth the chance to flex their science muscles in a fun-filled day-long event.

    4-H is dedicated to providing the hands-on experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to give kids the skills they need to succeed today and the career readiness to succeed tomorrow. Programs like 4-H NYSD offer youth an opportunity to learn about science in a fun, dynamic way and spark their interest in all areas of STEM.

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