Kentucky 4-H Teaches Students STEM
Kentucky 4-H makes it possible for more than 150,000 youth each year to experience life skill decision making through development of critical thinking, problem solving, and scientific processing skills. These skills will not only help them in relation to STEM fields, but also allow them to make better, more analytical decisions in all aspects of their lives. 4-H Science Engineering and Technology (SET) programs help youth learn to work as a team, apply critical thinking and develop problem-solving skills, which leads to generating a competitive workforce for Kentucky. 4-H presents SET programs in classrooms, after-school programs, special interest clubs, and competitive teams. A grant allowed 4th grade students in Russell, Spencer, and Wayne counties to conduct 4-H Physics Zoo where they experimented with unequal air pressure, open and closed circuits, components of white light, pulleys, kinetic and potential energy, and the center of balance. High school students in Daviess and Metcalfe counties participated in the National Science Day “Eco-Bot Challenge” designing a robot to perform a task related to environmental cleanup. In Jefferson County, home-schooled students were introduced to energy, electricity, and robotics with the 4-H Power of the Wind Curriculum.
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