4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Presentation for
4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Presentation for the California Afterschool Network April 5, 2013 Steven Worker 4-H SET Coordinator What is 4-H? Celebrating 110 years! Founded in 1902, merged with cooperative extension in 1914. 4-H is a nonformal youth education program for young people (ages 5-19). In 2009, over 6 million youth participated in 4-H through 4-H clubs, afterschool programs,
camps, and school enrichment activities. 4-H is coordinated nationally through USDA National Institute of Food and Ag. and through each states Land Grant University. National: www.4-h.org | California: www.ca4h.org Head Heart Hands Health 4-H and Science National 4-H Science Mission, established in 2008 California also launched its 4-H
Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Initiative. 4-H SET programs (short-term) help youth improve their knowledge and skills around science, engineering, and technology (medium-term) engage youth in adopting and using science and engineering in authentic and meaningful ways (long term) increase the number and diversity of youth pursuing higher
education and careers in science, engineering, and technology fields. Foundation of 4-H Science Educational Practices Project-based learning Experiential education Inquiry-based teaching Collaborative learning Service learning Youth Development Practices Safety Relationship building Youth engagement (youth-adult partnerships) Community involvement
Skill building http://www.ca4h.org/files/146514.pdf Overview of 4-H SET Resources 1. Utilize our program and fund development materials 2. Professional Development Utilize 4-H materials or invite local 4-H staff to help facilitate workshops. 3. Curricula As a public youth development organization, 4-H materials are often available for free or low cost. Materials are often peer reviewed for accuracy and quality. 4. Learn from our research, evaluation,
and promising practices Program Resources 4-H Science-Ready Checklist http://www.ca4h.org/files/154115.pdf Experiential Learning Check-Off List http://www.ca4h.org/files/73510.docx 4-H Program Framework http://www.ca4h.org/files/146514.pdf Teens-as-Teachers 4-H National Youth Science Day http://www.4-h.org/4-h-national-youth-science-day/ 4-H Science-Ready Checklist Anchored in a Activities follow the
Experiential Learning Cycle After the activity, the facilitator leads youth through a period of reflection where the learner shares and processes the experience and applies new learning in authentic situations. Positive Youth Development Context Provides opportunities for youth to develop their 6 Cs: Competence, Confidence, Connections, Character, Caring/Compassion, and Contribution. Facilitated and delivered with Adult mentors who partner with youth Activities promote Learning experiences led by trained, caring adults and teens who create
environments in which they work together as active learners. Inquiry Learning using Effective Questioning Through learning experiences, youth are encouraged to think, explore, question, and make decisions. Youth build understanding through active exploration and questioning. Programs offer Extended Learning Opportunities Projects offer long-term experiences to significantly increase youth knowledge, skills and attitudes. Experiences are designed for extended frequency and duration that serve to build learning over time. Provides opportunities to improve Science, Engineering and Technology Abilities
Engages youth in science, engineering and technology through one or more Programs based on of the thirty most important science, engineering, and technology processes. SET activities delivered through inquiry-based learning focusing on concepts of physical science, life science, earth and space science, science and technology, science in personal and social perspectives, history and nature of science. National Science Education Standards Experiential Learning Check-Off List Teens-as-Teachers A good practice is preparing teens and having them deliver science activities to younger children. Children respond well to teen teachers
Teens act as positive role models Teens benefit too! Teenagers as Teachers: Twelve Essential Elements http://www.ca4h.org/files/145251.pdf Teens as Volunteer Leaders: Recruiting and Training Teens to Work with Younger Youth in After-School Programs. http://4-h.org/b/Pages/Afterschool/Assets/AS_TeenVolunteers.pdf 4-H National Youth Science Day The focus of 4-H NYSD activities is a single science experiment designed to engage young people across the nation. During October each year. Past years activity guides are available 2008: Helpful Hydrogels 2009: Biofuel Blast
2010: 4-H2O, water quality 2011: Wired for Wind 2012: Eco-Bot Fund Development National 4-H Fund Development Toolkit http://www.4-h.org/resource-library/professio nal-development-learning/fund-development-t oolkit / On-demand access to a wealth of fundraising resources, including:
Philanthropy Managing the fund development process Building a strong board Creating a powerful message Major gifts Raising money from many donors Hosting top quality special events Keeping donors with world class stewardship Professional Development Tools of the Trade II: Inspiring Young Minds to be Science,
Engineering, and Technology Ready for Life! http://www.ca4h.org/Projects/SET/SETResources/ToTII/ 22 hour training guide for afterschool line staff Experiential Learning 3 module introduction http://www.experientiallearning.ucdavis.edu/default.shtml Online Course: Using Inquiry-based learning to Support 4-H Science 3, 20-minute videos http://www.4-h.org/ Professional Development (cont.) 4-H Science Promising Practices http://www.ca4h.org/Projects/SET/SETResources/PP/ Science in Urban Communities Lessons from Promising 4-H Science Programs 4-8 page briefs on:
Experiential Learning Evaluation Professional development Curriculum Science process skills Collaborative partnerships Fund development Teens-as-teachers Professional Development (cont.) Curricula 4-H Curricula available in a variety of content: Animal science Biological sciences
Civic engagement Communication and expressive arts Consumer and family sciences Environmental education and earth sciences Health Leadership and personal development Personal safety Physical sciences Plant science Technology and engineering Curricula To find curricula, search: California 4-H http://www.ca4h.org/Projects/Curriculum/ My4H.org and National Directory of 4-H
Materials http://www.4-h.org/my4-h 4-H MALL http://www.4-hmall.org/ Hot off the Presses 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics (middle school, 3 levels) Theres No New Water! (middle-high school) Veterinary Science 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics
For middle school youth Engages middle school youth in understanding scientific concepts and processes, the engineering design process cycle, and technology creation and building by working with household items to complete simple design challenges. Level 1: Robot arms and hands Level 2: Robot movement Level 3: Mechantronics $31.80 at http://www.4-h.org/resource-library/curriculu m/4-h-robotics / Theres No New Water!
For middle-high school youth Water is a finite natural resource whose quantity and quality must be responsibly preserved, protected, used, and reused. Curriculum concepts: The natural water cycle Human interventions in the water cycle The urban/rural interface Mapping watersheds service-learning project that address local water conservation issues $16 at http://www.4-h.org/curriculum/water/ Veterinary Science For youth grades 3-6 Modules include:
1. Behaving like Animals, 2. Fur, Feathers, Skin and Scales 3. The Eyes Have it 4. You've Got to Have Heart 5. Dem Bones, Dem Bones 6. Food in, Waste Out 7. Is your Bird Feeling Blue? 8. Is your Dog Feeling Down? 9. Is Your Goat Feeling Green? 10. Is Your Horse Healthy? 11. Is Your Snake Sick? Free at http ://www.ca4h.org/Projects/Curriculum/FREE/ Research and Evaluation California Agriculture http://californiaagriculture.ucanr.org/
Articles on professional development and youth water education. Journal of Extension - http://www.joe.org/ Articles on youth OST science education. California 4-H http://www.ca4h.org/Research/4HPublications/ [Book] Advances in youth development: Research and evaluation from the University of California 2001-2010 Monographs Fact Sheets
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