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 is a new program for Arkansas 4-H that allows for teens to provide technology classes to 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 email@example.com.
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 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!
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 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.
- 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:
- 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. 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.
- 3D Printers
- 4-H Breakout Bag
- Archeology - Atl Atls
- Archeology - Pottery Reconstruction
- Archeology - Project Archeology
- Archeology - Finding Shelter
- Aviation - Indoor & Outdoor obstacle courses
- Binoculars & Astronomy
- Cameras (Canon Rebel DSLR)
- CSI: Clover Science Investigation
- Code Your World (4-H STEM Challenge 2018)
- Cubelets (basic coding blocks)
- DNA Kit (On the STEM trailer)
- Drone Discovery (NYSD 2016)
- Ecobots (NYSD 2012)
- Entomology Kits
- Fishing Kit
- Forestry Equipment
- Forestry Tree Cookies
- Galactic Quest (4-H STEM Challenge 2021)
- Game Changers (4-H STEM Challenge 2019)
- Geology Kit
- GPS & Compass Kit
- Ground Water Simulation
- Helpful Hydrogels (NYSD 2008)
- Internal Combustion Engin
- Lego Mindstorm EV3 Kits & Challenge Map
- Mars Base Camp (4-H STEM Challenge 2020)
- Maps & Apps (NYSD 2013)
- Motion Commotion (NYSD)
- Mouse Trap Cars
- Outdoor Skills
- Plant Model & Plant Press
- Pollinators (Honey Bee Challenge & Monarchs on the Move)
- Polinator Education Materials: Elementary Education, Hive, Bee-ology
- Project WILD Toolkit
- Rockets: Air Pressure Launcher
- Rockets: Film Canister Rockets & PVC Launchers for Stomp Rockets
- Rockets to the Rescue (NYSD 2014)
- Snap Circuits
- Solar Cars
- Solar Oven
- Snap Circuits
- Spheros (Coding)
- Tech Xcite Curriculum Kits: Bionic Arm, Cooking with the Sun (Solar Oven), Imaging the Human Body, Quest for Speed (Rubberband Cars), Racing with the Sun (Solar Cars), Rainwater Harvesting, T.V. Remote
- Vet Science Anatomy
- Wind Turbines
- Wired for Wind (NYSD 2011)
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.