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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

There are many STEM programs available to you through Lee County 4-H and N.C. Cooperative Extension, Lee Country Center. If you are interested in STEM in your classroom I have several options for you, virtual, in class, and a hybrid of both. Much of our school enrichment curriculum has STEM elements. Let’s talk so I know how I can help you. October is our 4-H National Youth Science Month and this year’s project is listed below.

Bioenergy: Farm-Based Fuels – Energy makes our world go round. We use energy for everything we do, from riding a bike to sending astronauts into space. Even while sleeping, the cells in our bodies use energy to keep us alive. We use energy to operate our computers, turn on our lights, keep our refrigerators operating, heat our homes in the winter, and cool them in the summer. However, we often take for granted the flow of energy and the critical role that energy sources play in our lives. This curriculum focuses on helping youth consider where energy comes from and the differences between renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Bioenergy: Farm-Based Fuels is designed to engage middle school aged-youth in understanding that natural, nonrenewable resources for energy are being depleted at an increasing rate and that renewable energy sources (solar, wind, geothermal, and water power) may offer positive solutions to the ongoing demand for energy and related concerns and impacts on our planet. Youth will explore bioenergy and sources of biomass while conducting a variety of hands-on activities. These include growing duckweed and algae, extracting starch from a potato, testing the energy value of different substances, and converting feedstocks to fuel. These activities are designed to help youth learn about fundamental scientific processes of photosynthesis, combustion, and fermentation. Educational Standards & Biofuels Scope and Sequence

2020 STEM Challenge – The 4-H STEM Challenge, formerly known as 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD), is an annual initiative to inspire kids everywhere to take an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on learning. For the past 12 years, 4-H has developed fun, accessible challenges that shows kids how STEM skills can be applied to the world around them. This year’s challenge is Mars Base Camp. The race to land humans on Mars is on! The 2020 4-H STEM Challenge will explore sending a mission to Mars with the activity, Mars Base Camp. Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities that teaches kids ages 8-14 STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture. READ MORE>> **Notice** Lee County can provide classroom kits to a limited number of teachers.

Virtual STEM – A virtual self paced curriculum developed specifically for at-home programming when in person summer camps became impossible. In the STEM world youth will be able to engage in a variety of self-guided and live activities, there is Kitchen Science Fun, excitement with Magic of Electricity, creativity with Coding and much, much more! Everything is separated based on age group programs are specialized for ages 5-7, 8-10,11-14, and 13-18. Youth learn STEM from their kitchen to their backyard and everywhere in between.

4-H Camping Centers Virtual site visits – 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The world of technology is expanding and 4-H has a goal of encouraging exploration in STEM related projects. We believe the best way to do this is with hands on opportunties to freely explore in controlled environments. Maker spaces and high touch programs do this best.

METHODOLOGY AND EVALUATION

All 4-H Curriculum employs the experiential learning model, encouraging self discovery, reflection, and application to other areas in life. Evaluations are important for impact reporting and most 4-H curriculum have brief but required pre and post tests to measure results.

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TRAINING

Curriculum requiring training uses a train the trainer model and will be virtual.

STANDARDS

See each individual curriculum descriptions