4-H Electric Program
The Electric Program is coordinated through the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and sponsored by: Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, and NC Assoc. of Electric Cooperatives.
The 4-H Electric Program is an informal hands-on youth program conducted by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and its professional 4-H agents and volunteer adult leaders located in all 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation. Youth learn about the fundamentals of electricity, renewable energy technologies, and energy conservation. Activities include learning how to solder, learning the difference between series and parallel circuits, and assembling can lamps. Youth learn many life skills while participating in this program, but also generate more enthusiasm for science and technology.
- Electric Program Overview
- Electric Congress Delegate Criteria and Program Awards
- Electric Congress Leader Responsibilities
- Electric Program Overview (ppt)
- Electric Awards Overview (ppt)
- Magic of Electricity
- Electric Presentations
Projects and Resources
Kits and Projects
Electronic Supply Vendors & Soldering Information
- Soldering and Troubleshooting Tips
- Basic Soldering Technique
- Electronic Supplies (soldering irons, etc.)
- Project Records Adult Volunteer Training (ppt format*)
- Delegate Registration and Reporting Forms
- Medical Form (pdf format*)
- Code of Conduct Form (pdf format*)
- 4-H media release form (pdf format*)
The Way We Were…
Electric Congress Photo Archives
The N.C. 4-H Electric Program is steeped in the states extension history. It dates back to the days when extension electrification demonstration programs were essential to the success and development of rural America and its farms. The demonstration trailer shown below was widely used in 1937 to demonstrate how electricity could be use in the home and on the farm.
Back in the day Electric Congress was known as the Farm and Home Electric Congress.
|award winners 1950||1960 club members giving a demonstration|
Library of congress electricity posters from the early 1940-1950’s.
President Roosevelt issued an executive order that created the Rural Electrification Administration (REA). May 20, 1936, Congress passed the Rural Electrification Act. The REA was part of a relief package designed to stimulate an economy still in the grip of the Great Depression.
Extension Assistant Professor
NC State University
Bio & Ag Engineering
Campus Box 7625, Raleigh,
North Carolina 27695-7625
FAX: (919) 515-6772