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.
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 posted 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!
Virtual STEM Series!
Arkansas 4-H is proud to have a series for STEM with Snacks & Science. Join Lori Canada for Zoom sessions to have some fun and enjoy some science fun. Grab a snack and learn have a few minutes of Science fun to learn more! These sessions are held over zoom and last about 30 minutes every other week. Some parental help may be needed with younger participants.
Currently the series is on pause for the Summer, but will resume in the Fall of 2021.
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.
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.
This year the 4-H STEM Challenge (formerly known as National Youth Science Day) is Mars Base Camp. The kits are available for purchase on . NEW THIS YEAR is a family kit that has materials for 1-4 youth. Educator kits are also available.
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.
- Landing Zone Surveyor is an unplugged activity where kids will attempt to land on Mars and discover features that are important for setting up a base camp.
- Red Planet Odyssey is an unplugged activity where kids will use engineering skills to build a vehicle that can explore the surface of Mars.
- Crop Curiosity is an unplugged activity where kids will learn about biology, environmental science, and agriculture to grow nutritionally efficient food on Mars.
- Insight from Mars is an activity that can be done unplugged or online that teaches kids to code and share a discovery that made on mars using CS First and Scratch.
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:
- Biology & Chemistry
- Energy & Electricity
- Forage & Grasslands
- Water, Wildlife, & Fisheries
Projects in this area include:
- Computer Science & Coding
- Mechanical Sciences (automotive, welding, tractor)
- Robotics, Rocketry, & Aerospace
- Photography & Videography
The Arkansas 4-H State Office has a collection of STEM equipment available to check through your local county extension office. Please contact your local office for the availability of the equipment in order to make use of these resources in your clubs.
- Cameras (digital point & shoot & DSLR)
- Cubelets (basic coding blocks)
- DNA Kit
- Drone Discovery (NYSD 2016)
- Ecobots (NYSD 2012)
- GPS Units
- Helpful Hydrogels (NYSD 2008)
- Lego Mindstorm EV3 Kits
- Rockets to the Rescue (NYSD 2014)
- Snap Circuits
- Solar Cars
- Vet Science Anatomy
- Wind Turbines
- Wired for Wind (NYSD 2011)