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STEM Program & Resources

Program Contact: Michelle Green, 4-H STEM Coordinator
425-738-0105 • michelle.green@wsu.edu
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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.

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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.

King County 4-H has a wide range of educational kits, curriculum, and materials available to support hands-on, experiential education-based programming to youth of all ages. Our resources are available to all educators in King County. If you are interested in checking out STEM or art materials, contact Michelle Green at the 4-H office in King County – michelle.green@wsu.edu. 

4-H STEM

LEGO® Robotics Kits

We have numerous LEGO® Robotics kits, software, and appropriate curriculum available for check-out.

  • LEGO® WeDo (elementary) – The LEGO® Education WeDo Construction Set is an easy-to-use set that introduces young students to robotics. Students will be able to build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors; program their models; and explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as language, literacy, and social studies. More
  • LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT (middle school and high school) – This set enables students to build and program real-life robotic solutions. It provides cross-curricular opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, allows for creativity in design, and enables students to explore the world of engineering by building complex control systems.   More
  • LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 (advanced middle school and high school – This core set enables students to build, program, and test their solutions based on real-life robotics technology. It contains the EV3 Intelligent Brick, a powerful small computer that makes it possible to control motors and collect sensor feedback. Students are encouraged to brainstorm in order to find creative solutions to problems and then develop them through a process of selecting, building, testing, and evaluating. More

 

TO CHECK OUT MATERIALS FROM WSU STEM 4-H:

  1. Submit a request with michelle.green@wsu.edu or 425-738-0105
  2. We will contact you to discuss your request and finalize a plan.
  3. Meet with 4-H staff to familiarize you and your staff with the curriculum or activity, learn about 4-H experiential education approach and best practices for implementing hands-on programming. Depending on the selected curriculum and your experience with experiential-education, we may require a more formal training with your staff. Orientation and training meetings are customized and scheduled at a time and location convenient for you.
  4. A small security deposit may be required. Specific amount depends on materials checked out.
  5. Complete a Group Enrollment Form Youth may be engaged with 4-H curriculum in a school or after school setting. There is no individual 4-H enrollment process for these types of settings. Youth are “group enrolled” and overall numbers are reported but not specific information on each participant.
  6. Youth complete a Google forms survey at conclusion of STEM project learning.
  7. You pick up/drop-off materials at our Renton office.
  8. Provide feedback and follow-up on your experience using the materials via our online King County 4-H Resource Follow-Up Form. We ask for one success story each year we can share with our stakeholders about how your group has been able to utilize our STEM or Art kits.

All 4-H curriculum is available purchase at the 4-H Mall

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!

National Youth Science Day Experiment Kits

The University of Arizona developed the 2014 National Science Experiment, Rockets to the Rescue!, which explores the field of aerospace engineering. In light of the recent natural disasters such as the recent Hurricane Dorian, National 4-H Council asked youth to design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that could deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims. Youth learned engineering concepts, developed math skills, learned about nutrition and helped solve a relevant, global issue. Watch the Rockets to the Rescue maker video

 

With 4-H Maps & Apps, the 2013 National Science Experiment, young people become geospatial thinkers as they design and map their ideal park, use GIS mapping to solve community problems and contribute data about their community to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Watch the Maps & Apps maker video

 

With the 2012 National Science Experiment, 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, youth enhance their engineering skills by learning to think like a robotics engineer, assembling their own robots, also known as Eco-bots, and control surfaces in order to manage an environmental clean-up. Youth then test the interaction between the Eco-Bot’s environmental engineering design features and various control surface configurations to determine the most effective environmental clean-up solution for a simulated toxic spill. Watch the Eco-Bot maker video 

 

The 2011 National Science Experiment, Wired for Wind, explores how to engineer renewable energy technologies, and the positive impact that they can have in communities across the country and the world. This experiment engages young people in design, build out and testing of two different wind turbine models.Watch the  King County 4-H Highlight Video, Wired for Wind maker video2011 National 4-H Highlight video – Wired for Wind

4-H Curriculum Kits

4-H Junk Drawer Robotics – Youth are challenged to build robots from everyday items. None of the levels require or use computers. Youth will use their Robotics Notebook to record their learning experiences, robotic designs and data from their investigations. Youth explore and learn about robot arms. Concepts covered include pneumatics, arm designs, and three-dimensional space. Big ideas include form and function, scientific habits of mind, and engineering design. (Grades 4-12).

4-H Woodworking – This curriculum will help you teach youth specific woodworking skills such as how to measure angles, use a circular and table arm saw, and how to sand and stain wood.

 

4-H Sewing – 4-H Sewing provides the opportunity for young people to experience a sense of accomplishment associated with completing a project. It also provides an opportunity for youth to understand textiles, construction techniques, design principles as well as develop eye/hand coordination. Research has found that youth who sew develop skills needed to become more creative thinkers. The experiential learning activities in the Sewing curriculum are designed to provide a positive learning experience for youth. Sewing helpers are encouraged to focus on the fun, experience, and accomplishments attained in the project rather than on attaining “perfection.” More

Health Rocks! ®- Health Rocks! ® is a healthy living program targeted at young people ages 8 to 14. The 21 activities use hands-on experience to facilitate youth learning, including concepts review and learning assessment at each chapter’s end. A retrospective impact evaluation is included in the appendices along with additional resources, glossary, training outline and teaching tips. An accompanying CD provides resources for teen/adult leaders and youth participants. More

4-H Curriculum Library – coming soon!

 

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.