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4-H STEM Activities at Home

Explore more STEM activities to help keep kids of all ages engaged, learning, and having fun with 4-H at Home.

Build A Bee and Bug Bath 

Build a habitat for bees and bugs at home. Contact Shelby Carlson for more information.

Butterfly Adventures! 4-H Virtual Butterfly Program 

Learn about the butterfly lifestyle.

Embryology in the Classroom

Learn about embryology and follow along as the chicks develop and hatch from their shells.

Master Gardener/Master Naturalist Take-Home Kits 

Each quarter, choose from our selection of creative, hands-on activities for your child in our take-home kits. All kits come with: complete instructions, lesson prompts, helpful hints for parents, and supplies*. Contact Wendy Ferguson for more information.  *Basic supplies such as crayons/markers, scissors, and glue are not provided.

Ready in the Middle

Want to be able to identify some of the hazards you might have in your home and develop some solutions? This virtual learning experience will introduce youth to common household hazards as well as encourage them, along with their families, to complete a Home Hazard Hunt. Youth will then reconvene to discuss hazards found and possible solutions. This course will be offered virtually once 20 families are interested in participating. Contact Lisa Torrance or Carrie McKillip for more information.

Scratch Block Coding

Explore the foundations of computer science using Scratch. Scratch is free block coding software that can be run completely over the internet. No special software necessary!

Coding with Julian - Episode 1

Coding with Julian - Episode 2

Coding with Julian - Episode 3

Coding with Julian - Episode 4

Coding with Julian - Episode 5 

STEAM Activities 

Learn about all things STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in these storybook video lessons. Some lessons may involve reading a favorite children’s book. Don’t have the book? No worries, the lessons are still full of information! 

Want some higher-level STEM content? Check out the Illinois 4-H STEM page.

Take it a step further and check out these STEM Challenges!

What’s Quackin’? Virtual Embryology with Duck Eggs 

Learn about embryology and follow along as the ducks develop and hatch from their shells.

 

Butterfly Adventures! 4-H Virtual Butterfly Program 

Learn about the butterfly lifestyle.

Creative Writing 

Practice your communication, grammar, and imagination all while exploring the field of creative writing. The best part? You probably have all the supplies you need at home! Contact Shelby Carlson for more information.

Embryology in the Classroom

Learn about embryology and follow along as the chicks develop and hatch from their shells.

Emergency Preparedness

Be prepared for an emergency in your home.  Contact Lisa Torrance for more information.

Family History

Learn about yourself and your family using the provided guided prompts. Contact Shelby Carlson for more information.

Garden Series 

Take part in these virtual sessions on how to incorporate a garden into the school environment. Contact Lisa Torrance for more information.

Master Gardener/Master Naturalist Take-Home Kits 

Each quarter, choose from our selection of creative, hands-on activities for your students in our take-home kits. All kits come with: complete instructions, lesson prompts, helpful hints for teachers, and supplies*. Contact Wendy Ferguson for more information.  *Basic supplies such as crayons/markers, scissors, and glue are not provided.

Mars Base Camp STEM Challenge 

Featuring four hands-on activities that can be enjoyed with or without internet access. The challenge teaches STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture. Contact Shelby Carlson for more information.

Ready in the Middle

Identify some of the hazards you might have in your home and develop some solutions. This virtual learning experience will introduce youth to common household hazards as well as encourage them, along with their families, to complete a Home Hazard Hunt. To have your class participate, contact Lisa Torrance or Carrie McKillip for more information.

STEAM Activities 

Learn about all things STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in these storybook video lessons. Some lessons may involve reading a favorite children’s book. Don’t have the book? No worries, the lessons are still full of information! 

Want some higher-level STEM content? Check out the Illinois 4-H STEM page.

Take it a step further and complete these STEM Challenges!

Welcome to the Real World 

Students learn about the decisions they will need to make as an adult. Students investigate careers, then participate in a simulation of paying bills, buying a car, finding housing, and purchasing groceries. They learn it’s about more than driving a nice car. It’s paying the bills and making the paycheck last. Contact Shelby Carlson for more information.

What’s Quackin’? Virtual Embryology with Duck Eggs 

Learn about embryology and follow along as the ducks develop and hatch from their shells.

Your Thoughts Matter 

What does mental health really mean? How many people are affected by mental health issues such as anxiety and depression? Be part of the solution by learning the answers to those questions and more. Intended for advanced-level youth who are interested in learning more about mental health, why it is important to overall well-being, and steps that promote understanding and action. Contact Shelby Carlson for more information.

With so many resources available online, where do you begin? 

We have picked some of our favorites and listed them below.  Be sure to scroll all the way down, slide left or right, and click on tabs to find all of them!  If you have a favorite, we would love to know. Maybe you will see it added to our growing list.

Hands-on Activites

Looking for a fun activity to do as a family? There are so many activites that your curious child can do that will keep them learning and are fun. Maybe your child will find a new area of interest to explore further!

Robotics & Coding

We have gathered a variety of resources to explore the world of coding and robotics. Whether you are an educator, parent, or student you will find an activity to help you reach the next level.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Are you an educator looking for a STEM activity for your classroom? Do you have a homeschooler that you are wanting to challenge? Maybe you are a parent looking for a fun family activity to do on a weekend, over a break, or during family night. Look no further! We have gathered a variety of resources to explore fun STEM activities for all ages.

High School Students

100 STEAM Projects for Educators

With so many projects, you will have a hard time choosing which to do first!

Bird Academy

Over 150 videos from The Cornell Lab.

Engineer Girl

A website designed to explore the opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.

NASA

Project Feederwatch

Find out all about birds. Watch the live cams!

STEMfinity

Free STEM resources gathered from around the web. 

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids

An extensive guide for students of all ages that are interested in STEM. 

Middle School Students - 5th grade through 8th Grade

100 STEAM Projects for Educators

With so many projects, you will have a hard time choosing which to do first!

Bird Academy

Over 150 videos from The Cornell Lab.

Bring Science Home

As the old saying (almost) goes, science starts in the home. Try these fun science activities, which can be completed with household items in just a half hour or less.

Engineer Girl

A website designed to explore the opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.

NASA

Pacific Science Center

Digging deeper into scientific topics with hands-on activities.

Paper Mechatronics

What does movement look like? Start with paper and create your own machine. 

Project Feederwatch

Find out all about birds. Watch the live cams!

Science with a Smartphone: Accelerometer

A physics science activity.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Learning Activities

Steve Spangler Science

How to make Art from slime.

STEMfinity

Free STEM resources gathered from around the web. 

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids

An extensive guide for students of all ages that are interested in STEM. 

Wonderopolis

A place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery.

 

Grade School Students - Kindergarten through 4th grade

100 STEAM Projects for Educators

With so many projects, you will have a hard time choosing which to do first!

Bring Science Home

As the old saying (almost) goes, science starts in the home. Try these fun science activities, which parents and their kids can do together with household items in just a half hour or less.

NASA 

Pacific Science Center

Hands-on activities that help foster scientific discovery.

Paper Mechatronics

What does movement look like? Start with paper and create your own machine. 

Project Feederwatch

Find out all about birds. Watch the live cams!

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Learning Activities

STEMfinity

Free STEM resources gathered from around the web. 

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids

An extensive guide for students of all ages that are interested in STEM. 

Wonderopolis

A place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery.

Staying Healthy

Kids are never too young to learn about healthy living habits and healthy eating. Make health fun!

Subject Learning

From online learning and lesson plans to powerpoints and videos, these resources are listed to help expand knowlege in any subject.

Virtual Tours

Adventure awaits from the comfort of your home! Watch live cams from zoos all over the United States. Virtually view art and treasures from museums. Take tours of places far from Illinois.