Science

Science

Science is a part of everything we do, whether it is taking to the sky with drones, raising a calf, programming a robot, or even baking a loaf of bread.  Arkansas 4-H strives to provide the best research based Science project materials for our agents, volunteers, and 4-H youth to bring into their community.  4‑H STEM programs provide 4‑H youth the opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through fun, hands-on activities and projects.

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Tech Changemakers

Tech Changemakers is a new program for Arkansas 4-H that allows for teens to provide technology classes toTech Changemakers Logo with sponsors adults in their community. The 4-H Tech Changemaker program empowers youth to close the divide and provide #Opportunity4All people in their communities by providing the education and tools they need to teach digital skills to adults in their communities.

Arkansas 4-H has a group of 30 Tech Changemakers from 10 counties have signed on for this program. Be on the lookout for classes in your area. 

If you would like to request for classes for your area, contact Lori Canada at lcanada@uada.edu

Computer Science Activities

Arkansas 4-H has created a series of 6 computer science activities to learn about basic concepts of coding, artifical intelligence, and more. These activities are easy for volunteers, parents, or clubs to implement with or without computer science experience. These activities will not only teach computer science ideas, but also build confidence and teach skills relevant across fields from agriculture to technology to the arts. Check out our Computer Science page for more information about each of the activities. 

Find Your Science Series

The state staf has worked to put together quick experiments you can do at home with the Find Your Science series. These are postedScreen grab of the Find Your Science paper airplane video. on our social media periodically. To see all the Find Your Science Series videos, check out our playlist  on our YouTube Channel!

Topics include paper airplanes, archology, food preservation and much more! Be sure to follow Arkansas 4-H on social media to get the latest Find Your Science videos!

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Congratulations to all teams that participated in this year's challenge and to those that won a specific area or qualified for the international challenge. Be sure to check out all the winners listed on our SeaPerch Page

SeaPerch is an engineering design program where teams design, build, and utilize an underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) to complete obstacle and challenge courses. For more information, check out our SeaPerch page or contact your local county extension office. The state challenge is held each spring to qualify for the international SeaPerch Challenge.

What can kids learn?

Arkansas leads the nation when it comes to agriculture and row crop sciences.  4-H youth can explore everything involved from the soil up that contributes to the success of agriculture in Arkansas.

When people think of 4-H, Animal sciences and projects are the first thing that comes to mind.  From Beef to Swine, 4-H youth are constantly showing their science skills when working with Animal Science projects.

Livestock

Vet Science

Wildlife

People have lived in Arkansas long before 4-H was established.  4-H youth are encouraged to explore their past using archeological sciences that stress the importance of careful documentation and protection of our historical artifacts.

Some fun activities to use in your clubs:

The world is ever changing, and through participation in Environmental Sciences, our 4-H youth are encouraged to examine the role they play in maintaining our planet for future generations.

Computers and robotics are all around us, from vacuuming our homes to building our cars, modern society is dependent on robotics and computer sciences.  4-H youth have the opportunity to build their programming skills, building talents, and communication skills while delving into this technology themed program.

Engineering and Technology

Arkansas 4-H SeaPerch Challenge

Science Projects

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This year the 4-H STEM Challenge (formerly known as National Youth Science Day) is Galactic Quest. The kits are available for purchase on Shop 4-H.  Again this year is a family kit that has materials for 1-4 youth. Educator kits are also available to serve up to 20 youth. 

Four hands-on activities are included in this kit and can be used with or without internet access. The challenge teaches STEM skills such as mechanical engineering, physics, computer science and agriculture. Galactic Quest Logo

  • Astro Adventure is an unplugged board game promotes teamwork as kids gather the resources needed to live and work in deep space.
  • Stellar Optics is an offline activity, kids build a telescope and learn about physics and light and how telescopes have been used to explore space.
  • Cosmic Claw is where kids work hands-on to engineer a mechanical arm that works to harvest crops in space.
  • Cyber Satellite is a computer science activity, kids learn about cyber security and decoding to stay safe from obstacles in orbit.

Enjoy a day of Space activities to celebrate NASA Day.  Activities include information about stars, rocketry, and careers. Click here   for more information and links to lessons and activity descriptions.

  • Recycled Parts Robot - find the video and directions for creating your own recycled parts robot! Post your robot on social media, tag @arkansas4h & use #AR4H 
  • Pollution Demonstration  using the story of Freddie the Fish! To create your own Freddie the Fish story, use this script or come up with your own - get creative! Find the script here.
  • Composting - watch this video  for a super quick tutorial on starting a compost pile or bucket for your family and for more, in-depth information on composting, please check this out!
  • Earth Day Jar Herb Garden  - this is an easy & fun Earth Day activity; it includes recycling a jar & planting some seeds! Find details about starting a Jar Herb Garden  here!
  • Reading The Lorax  by Dr. Seuss! - this story moment is a good wrap-up to Earth Week & a reminder of how important it is to take care of Mother Earth! 

Projects in this area include: 

  • Archeology
  • Biology & Chemistry
  • Climate
  • Energy & Electricity
  • Entomology
  • Environmental
  • Forage & Grasslands
  • Forestry
  • Water, Wildlife, & Fisheries

Projects in this area include: 

  • Computer Science & Coding
  • Mechanical Sciences (automotive, welding, tractor)
  • Robotics, Rocketry, & Aerospace
  • Photography & Videography

STEM Kits

The Arkansas 4-H State Office has a collection of STEM equipment available to check through your local county extension office. You can check out kits from one of 5 locations across the list. Please contact your local office for the availability of the equipment in order to make use of these resources in your clubs. Please see the list below to what is available in each location.

This is a complete list of all the available STEM kits. Each location will have different kits available. 

There are 5 locations that the 4-H STEM kits are housed.  Each location has different kits available dependent on the needs of the region. Kits will be rotated based on need throughout the year.

  • Central - Little Rock State Extension Office
  • Northwest Region - Fanklin County Extension Office
  • Northeast Region - Craighead County Extension Office
  • Southeast Region - University of Arkansas in Monticello 
  • Southwest Region - Clark County Extension Office

Only extension employees are allowed to check out the STEM Kits. If you or your club would like to utilize any of these kits contact your local county extension office to request a kit for you.

 

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