4-H STEM Program – Igniting Young Minds With Science

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The 4-H STEM Education and Science Literacy: Developing the Next Generation of Scientists CYFAR project is focusing on two areas: STEM programming and engagement with both youth and teachers, and outreach and relationship building with partner schools and their communities (Ansonville Elementary (Wadesboro, NC), Monroe Ave. Elementary (Hamlet, NC), Wallace Elementary (Wallace, SC), and Latta Elementary (Dillon, SC). This hands-on STEM program provides 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students both in-school and out-of-school science programs that support and reinforce academic learning. Through this CYFAR program – “science comes alive and is made more relevant and cool” – according to both teachers and youth. STEM posterIn 2018, the program worked with 26 teachers and school staff members and reached over 431 students in their local classrooms where they learned about life cycles (embryology), the environment and soil properties, and forces and motion. In addition, over 750 students received 4-H After-Dinner-Science Kits (science kits that are sent home to be done with family, friends, and siblings) that expand learning past the traditional walls of a classroom. 

Take a look at this short video from the program’s fall teacher training retreat. You’ll see – even the teachers are enjoying this program.

The CYFAR program is made possible by a grant from USDA, NIFA. If you’d like to learn about the project please contact Dr. Mitzi Downing at mitzi_downing@ncsu.edu.