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.
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4-H Teen Science Ambassadors (grades 6-12)
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? Check out the Design Thinking Webinar in Feb. 22, 2021, or contact one of our local team members below.
- Stop Motion Animation Challenge: Learn how to plan and make a stop animation film using a free app.
- Bread Science Challenge: Learn about the basic chemistry at work in baking bread (and enjoy the treat you make).
- 3-D Printing Design Challenge: Learn to use Tinkercad to design a useful object that could be 3-D printed.
- Bird Identification Challenge: Learn to use your observation skills to spot and identify birds.
- Plant Observation Challenge: Learn about and record seasonal plant changes from your own yard.
- Bridge Building Challenge: Build and “bust” bridges out of paper, building bricks or Popsicle sticks.
- Junk Drawer Mechanics Challenge: Design and build your own moving vehicle with junk drawer and household items.
- Paper Roller Coaster Challenge: Design and build a paper marble maze coaster.
- Rube Goldberg Challenge: Build your own chain reaction contraption with supplies from around your house.
- Animate a Name Challenge: Explore the world of Scratch coding to create a cool animation project using free software.
Click on a challenge above to get all the details or find them all in our 4-H At-Home STEM Challenges folder.
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.
Next Contest in 2021. Check back in spring/summer 2021 for details.
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.
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