Serving DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties

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. Check out our upcoming opportunities:

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Check out this fun, challenging eventthat encourages math, engineering, design & teamwork skills! Learn more below or click above to register.

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This fun, challenging annual event tests bridge-building prowess, and encourages math, engineering, design & teamwork skills!  Bridges will be judged on both structural efficiency & aesthetics.

Save the date for Jan. 11, 2020 and check out our flyer and 8th annual Bridge Bust video!

family with wooden bridge model

BRIDGE BUST Registration open NOW through Dec. 9!

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

1. Put together a team. (See more info below)
2. Sign up online.
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.

 

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? Contact one of our local team members below or contact your local office:

 

Our STEM Team