STEM Opportunities for Youth
youth building things, using virtual reality goggles and other STEM activities

4-H programs provide ways for youth to belong to a community, give back, develop independence, and learn what interests them. One of the project areas is STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). In DuPage, Kane & Kendall counties, youth programs promote these STEM skills, as well as leadership, teamwork, communication and more.

July 2022 Programs


4-H Teen Science Ambassador | Rain Garden | Nutrien Grant


Learn about rain gardens, nitrogen run-off, and the importance of water quality with the 4-H Teen Science Ambassadors of DuPage, Kane, and Kendall Counties. Email our team to have these young leaders present to your group or if you want to get involved!

JOIN US FOR AN OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, May 21 during the 2022 Kendall County Master Gardener Plant Sale! We'll be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Watch the videoDownload plant ID guide

4-H Teen Science Ambassadors (grades 6-12)

teen teaching kids about butterflies

From computer coding to environmental science, 4-H Teen Science Ambassadors have the opportunity to learn and lead hands-on educational lessons through 4-H. 4-H Teen Science Ambassadors are a group of middle- and high-school students who study different science, engineering and technology lessons that they then share with children and community members at workshops, science fairs, after-school programs and community events throughout the year. To do this, they receive focused training from 4-H staff and adult volunteers. Through this program, youth build knowledge in the many STEM-related areas, while developing skills in public speaking, leadership, communication, and teamwork. Lessons may feature computers/coding, nutrition, physics, aerospace, engineering, electronics, biotechnology, and environmental science, just to name a few.

Interested in learning more? Join us for the 4-H Science Ambassador - May Training | May 7 | St. Charles.





Ag Innovators Experience 2020 | Water Connects Us All | Resource Center

The 2020 Ag Innovators Experience -Water Connects Us All -will challenge youth to apply STEM skills to understanding how natural ecosystems provide benefits and affect water quality. It also demonstrates the benefits of multiple engineering practices, such as rain gardens, saturated buffers, bioswales and bioreactors. It is sponsored by National 4-H and Bayer.These video lessons and activities are presented by members of the Illinois 4-H Ag Innovators Facilitating Team and 4-H Teen Science Ambassadors of DuPage, Kane & Kendall Counties.

Thanks for another great year!

This fun, challenging annual event tests bridge-building prowess, and encourages math, engineering, design & teamwork skills!  Bridges are judged on both structural efficiency & aesthetics. Read about the 2020 Bridge Bust event and results. 

Check out the 2020 flyer and watch the 8th annual Bridge Bust video to learn more.

family with wooden bridge model


Here's how you can join the fun each fall!

1. Put together a team. (See more info below)
2. Sign up online by the deadline.
3. Try out a workshop.
4. Pick up your kit.
5. Plan & build a bridge.
6. See you on Bust Day!
7. Win cool stuff!

All teams need at least two members. Competition categories include:

  • Youth teams (ages 10 and up)
  • Family teams including adults
  • School teams (5th to 12th grade)

Non-competitive option* (for groups with youth ages 5-9)

  • *This demonstration opportunity is intended to give younger students the opportunity to practice engineering and design skills, with the option to conference with judges and/or break their bridge as a demonstration only.  Teams may include 1-2 adults and any number of youth between ages 5 and 9 only. Learn more online about this option.