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STEM Program

Program Contact: Michelle Green, 4-H STEM Coordinator
(206) 263-1915 • michelle.green@wsu.edu

A 4-H club member measures her launch angle before testing her rocket.
Ready… Set…. Launch! A 4-H club member measures her launch angle before testing her rocket as part of the 2014 National Youth Science Day Experiment: Rockets to the Rescue!

Robotics. Aerospace. Alternative energy. Engineering. Environmental science. Agri-science. Veterinary science. These are just a few of the programs that 4-H youth participate in everyday and learn new skills that make a difference in our communities. Our hands-on programs empower youth and provide them with opportunities to grow, learn, and become confident kids.

4-H STEM is based on inquiry-based learning, in which youth construct their own learning by using science skills to explore and gather evidence in an investigative manner. To learn more about this instructional method, check out the Inquiry-based Learning Fact Sheet.

What We Offer

  • Resources & Kits – We have a variety of STEM kits, art kits and 4-H curriculum and materials available for to loan to teachers, 4-H clubs, afterschool programs, and other youth development organizations.
  • STEM Training – We provide custom trainings for educators and youth workers in inquiry-based experiential education, and trainings for implementation of specific STEM activities and kits.
  • STEM Events – Partner with us to provide programming for in-school science events, family nights or other special STEM events.

King County 4-H proudly partners with teachers, afterschool programs, summer camps, and other out-of-school time programs to deliver hands-on, experiential education activities. We provide professional development training, lead direct programming for special events such as family nights and virtual field trips, in addition to loaning kits, curriculum, and materials to educational partners. Our resources focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and creative arts.

4-H STEM Resources

Video Series on 4-H Inquiry-Based Learning

4-H Science Handouts on Inquiry-Based Learning

Inquiry-based Learning Fact Sheet

Questioning Tips and Tricks

Click 2 Science STEM Resources

Click2Science is an interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs, serving children and youth.

The resources give participants the opportunity to can gain STEM knowledge in 20 essential skills to make STEM “click” with youth. These skills are focused on three core areas:

  1. planning STEM learning experiences,
  2. interacting with youth doing STEM, and
  3. building STEM skills.

These skills were identified by looking through existing research and resources, as well as by asking frontline facilitators, trainers, and coaches what skills they needed help supporting.

Click2Science was developed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Partnership with the Noyce Foundation. Registration is free! Find out more at Click2Sciencepd.org.

 

Creative Arts Program

With support from the Boeing Company, WSU’s College of Arts and Sciences (formerly the College of Liberal Arts) has developed this unique collaboration with the 4-H Youth Development Program to bring arts education to Washington youth. The mission of the Arts for Children’s Enrichment Project (ACE Project) is to provide experiential arts opportunities for the youth of Washington state, through introduction to various mediums and forms of art expression, that broaden understanding in the areas of culture and sustainability and that support life skills development in youth.

As a participant in the Ace Project, the King County 4-H office has kits of art supplies and curriculum guides to support

If you are interested in checking a kit out for your 4-H club, classroom, afterschool program, or other event, please contact the 4-H office.

 

Why Partner with 4-H?

“Students LOVED working with the robots. After 5 days of introduction on inventorying parts, how to build them, and basic programming, I gave students options for challenges and they worked in pairs to solve any of the challenges. I think every student was challenged to do something new, and every student was frustrated at least once. Working through frustration leads to powerful learning, and the NXT bots provided both. Thanks!”

-Emily Elasky, Science Teacher, Mercer Middle School, Seattle, WA


“Partnering with 4-H for our 2013 summer program was a huge success.  A big reason for the success was the having STEM classes every day. Many of our students lack consistency in their lives outside of school. They knew they could count on having a fun STEM activity everyday, and this consistency makes it easier for them to engage and invest.  We look forward to continuing to work with 4-H to to provide our students a consistent and engaging STEM presence. The success of the summer STEM classes carried over into the school year. Following the summer program there is more student interest in science. I’m offering more science-themed courses in afterschool than ever before and enrollment is high.“

Desiree Tabares, Community Learning Center Coordinator, Mercer Middle School, Seattle, WA


“We’ve been working with 4-H for several years. The last two years they have come in and worked with every 6th grader science class for two days in a row doing the Eco-bot Challenge, which is a project where the kids made little robots out of toothbrush heads and pager motors and then use the bots to clean up a simulated toxic spill. This year they’ve come back in and instead of using the Eco-bots we’re trying the Wired For Wind Challenge, which fits in with our ecology unit because of renewable energy resources. We do a little pre-work and then 4-H arrives, they bring all the materials with them,  and for two days they take over programming. They divide the kids into groups, and they get them working with the hands on materials right away. The kids have always enjoyed these projects because they are all hands-on.”

– Terri Landers, Science Teacher, Totem Middle School, Federal Way, WA