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Mission Make-It: Georgia 4-H Engineering Challenge - April 8, 2017

Georgia 4-H Robotics Program

4-H SET Overview

What is a 4-H SET Experience

National Youth Science Day

Resources for 4-H SET Programs

Georgia 4-H SET Contact

4-H Science Document to help write grants & POWs

4-H SET Overview

America’s Workforce Crisis
The United States is falling dangerously behind other nations in developing its future workforce of scientists, engineers, and technology experts.  America now faces a future of intense global competition with a startling shortage of scientists. Only 18 percent of US high school seniors are proficient in science (NAEP 2005). A mere 5 percent of current US college graduates earn science, engineering, or technology degrees compared to 66 percent in Japan and 59 percent in China.  Couple these statistics with the fact that current scientists and engineers are retiring in record numbers, and it becomes clear that America faces a crisis in its ability to keep up with increasing demand for professionals trained in these fields.

To ensure global competitiveness, we must act now to prepare the next generation of science, engineering, and technology leaders.

One Million New Scientists. One Million New Ideas.™
The 4-H Youth Development Program is directly connected to the research and resources of the 106 landgrant universities and colleges of the Cooperative Extension System. This connection strategically positions 4-H to strengthen US global competitiveness and leadership.

For more than a century, 4-H has engaged our country’s youth in the building blocks of economic success.  This has meant a solid focus on agricultural science, electricity, mechanics, entrepreneurship, and natural sciences. Today, 4-H out-of-school opportunities also exist in subjects like rocketry, robotics, bio-fuels, renewable energy, and computer science. 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology programs reach more than 5 million youth with hands-on learning experiences to encourage young minds and to fill the pipeline of young leaders proficient in science. These experiences are supported by more than a half million dedicated adult volunteers who are placing 4-H youth on a path towards successful careers.

The 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology Program must be part of the long-term solution for improving science literacy and aptitude of America’s youth. 4-H will address our nation’s critical challenge by preparing 1 million new young people to excel in science, engineering, and technology by 2013. As a public-private partnership, 4-H can focus a variety of resources and expertise to strengthen young people’s discovery and exploration of science. We believe fostering passion in science today will shape education and career decisions tomorrow.

Support 4-H and help maintain America’s leadership in science, engineering, and technology innovation. Together, we can build the next generation of great thinkers.

(Information provided by www.4-h.org). Go directly to the National 4-H SET website by clicking here.

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What is a 4-H SET Experience?

The National 4-H SET Task Force (2008) developed the following checklist to meet the needs of children, youth, and the nation with high-quality science, engineering, and technology. Click here for PDF version of the checklist.

1. Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs are based on the National Science Education
Standards.

Science education standards are criteria to judge quality: the quality of what young people know and are able to do; the quality of the science programs that provide the opportunity for children and youth to learn science; the quality of science teaching; the quality of the system that supports science leaders and programs; and the quality of assessment practices and policies.
http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/

2. Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs that provide children and youth opportunities to improve their SET abilities.
Predict, Hypothesize, Evaluate, State a Problem, Research Problem, Test, Problem Solve, Design Solutions, Measure, Collect Data, Draw/Design, Build/Construct, Use Tools, Observe, Communicate, Organize, Infer, Question, Plan Investigation, Summarize/Relate, Invent/Implement Solutions, Interpret/Analyze/Reason, Categorize/Order/Classify, Model/Graph/Use Numbers, Troubleshoot, Redesign, Optimize, Collaborate, Compare

3. Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs that provide youth opportunties to experience and improve in the Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development.
Do youth get a chance at mastery – addressing and overcoming life challenges in your programs?
Do youth cultivate independence and an opportunity to see oneself as an active participant in the future?
Do youth develop a sense of belonging within a positive group?
Do youth learn to share a spirit of generosity toward others?

4. Learning experiences that are led by trained, caring adult staff and volunteers acting as mentors, coaches, facilitators and co-learners who operate from a perspective that youth as partners and resources in their own development.

5. Activities led with a hands-on, experiential approach to learning using inquiry to foster the natural creativity and curiosity of youth.

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National Youth Science Day (NYSD)

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The 2015 National Science Experiment is Motion Commotion. Information is available online at
www.4-H.org/NYSD (you must register first to view/download). This year, youth can take part in a two-part experiment that investigates the physical and human factors of motion using toy cars to simulate a speeding car collision and distracted driving. A webinar was held on Thursday, September 24 (10-11 am) to help 4-H Faculty and Staff prepare for the implementation of the experiment. The archive may be found here: Motion Commotion Archive. The presentation used is found here in PDF format: Motion Commotion Presentation. The GPS correlations of Motion Commotion are found here: 4th-8th Grade Science GPS . Robin Turi (Richmond County) also provided this supply list for all to use as needed.

The 2014 National Science Experiment is Rockets to the Rescue. Information is available online at www.4-H.org/NYSD (you must register first to view/download). This year, youth will be tasked with the same mission: in light of the recent natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, National 4-H Council is asking youth to design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims. Youth will learn engineering concepts, develop math skills, learn about nutrition and help solve a relevant, global issue. A training webinar was presented on Thursday, September 25 at 10 a.m. to help 4-H Faculty and Staff prepare for the implementation of the experiment. The presentation is included here (includes GPS Science Correlations for 4th - 8th grade as well): 2014 Presentation

The 2013 National Science Experiment is 4-H Maps & Apps and is available online at www.4-H.org/NYSD (you must register first to view/download). This year's experiment is a great opportunity to expose youth to geospatial skill sets and a whole host of of potential future career opportunities. A webinar was held on Thursday, September 26th (10-11 am) to help 4-H Faculty and Staff prepare for the implementation of the experiment. The archive may be found here: 2013 Archive. The presentations used are here: 2013 NYSD Overview and Slides from UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government. There are also a series of informational webinars being hosted by the NAE4-HA Geospatial Taskforce (registration info at www.4-H.org/NYSD). The GPS Correlations of 4-H Maps & Apps are here: 4th-8th grade GPS. Robin Turi (Richmond County) also provided this supply list for all to use as needed.

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The 2012 National science Experiment is Eco-Bot Challenge and is available online at www.4-H.org/NYSD (you must register first to view/download). This year's experiment allows youth to enhance their engineering skills by assembling a robot and responding to an "environmental clean-up". A Wimba Training has been scheduled for Thursday, September 20th (10-11 am) to help 4-H Faculty and Staff prepare for the implementation of the experiment (view the archive: Eco-Bot). The 2012 NYSD will be Wednesday, October 10 and ongoing through the month of October. The GPS Correlations of Eco-Bot are here:4th-8th grade GPS.

The 2011 National Science Experiment is Wired for Wind and is available online at www.4-H.org/NYSD (you must register first to view/download it). This year's experiment explores how to engineer renewable energy technologies and the postiive impact that they can have in communities. A Wimba Training has been scheduled for Thursday, September 22 (10-11 am) to help 4-H Faculty and Staff prepare for the implementation of the experiment (view the archive: Wired for Wind). The 2011 NYSD will be Wednesday, October 5 and ongoing throughout the month of October. The GPS Correlations of the Wired for Wind experiment are here: 4th-8th grade GPS.

 

Each year, National Youth Science Day features a National Science Experiment – a designated science activity to engage youth all across the country. The first annual 2008 National Youth Science Day was a huge success. The experiment, which focused on hydrogels and water conservation is still available in PDF format. (Click here for long format, or here for short format). In Georgia, a reported 704 participants from 8 counties were a part of this fun and educational event.

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Resources for 4-H SET Programs

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY ONLINE RESOURCES
Resources for Learning is an easy-to-navigate online database of the American Museum of Natural History’s collection of scientific and cultural educational materials. Educators, families, and students can find activities, articles, evidence and analysis, and more. Resources cover anthropology, astronomy, biology, Earth science, and paleontology. Visit:  http://www.amnh.org/education/resources/

CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION
The Captain Planet Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow. Generally, the range of grants awarded by the Foundation is $250 - $2,500. Full information is available at: http://www.captainplanetfoundation.org/default.aspx. In order to be considered for funding, proposals must:

• Promote understanding of environmental issues
• Focus on hands-on involvement
• Involve children and young adults 6-18 (elementary through high school)
• Promote interaction and cooperation within the group
• Help young people develop planning and problem solving skills
• Include adult supervision
• Commit to follow-up communication with the Foundation (specific requirements are explained once the grant has been awarded)

CLIMATE CHANGE RESOURCES AVAILABLE FROM EPA
National 4-H Headquarters is pleased to be working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on efforts to communicate the availability of educational resources to Extension professionals, volunteers, and interested in community members.  Recently, the EPA released their website: www.epa.gov/climateforaction that offers a variety of different resources related to climate change and children’s health that you might find valuable in your educational programs.  Specifically, you might be interested in reviewing additional resources on the site at:  http://www.epa.gov/climateforaction/learn/resources.htm that explores issues related to energy and environmental health.  We hope that these and other resources that we share from the EPA in the future will be valuable additions to your educational resources to support SET programming in your state and community

DRAGONFLY GRANTS PROGRAM
Making the world a better place…one project at a time.  In honor of her life of service and legacy of environmental education through the arts, the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia has established the Petey Giroux Dragonfly Grants program.  The program will provide mini-grant awards up to $1,000 for projects that use the power of performing and/or visual arts to enhance environmental education.  More information may be found at http://www.eealliance.org/core/item/page.aspx?s=74191.0.0.7182.

EEinGeorgia WEBSITE & NEWSLETTER
www.EEinGeorgia.org is a resource for your science and environmental programs.  Each month, a e-newsletter is distributed with the latest resources, awards, grants, and other information (go directly to newsletter with this link:  http://www.eeingeorgia.org/net/content/news.aspx?s=0.0.68.4863).  You can be added to the newsletter email list by subscribing under the “News” button on the top menu.   The Advanced Training for Environmental Education Program is also available through EEA.

GEORGIA ENVIROTHON
The Envirothon is a hands-on, high school academic competition on the environment. Knowledge and skills are tested in outdoor environments such as a nature center, camp, forest, or park. There are two levels of competition, the regional competition, a one-day format, and the state competition, a two-day format. Testing at both competitions involves visiting five stations, one for each study unit, located within easy walking distance from other stations at the competition site. Teams move between competition stations in groups of up to five teams per group. At each station, team examinations are administered by the station coordinator. Tests contain many question formats including narrative responses, true/false, fill in the blank, multiple choice, and matching. Teams may also be given a brief presentation by the station coordinator on ecosystem issues important to that station. Teams have 45 minutes per station except at the state presentation station which is conducted in a "scenario" format which lasts 20 minutes. Information including registration, deadlines, and competitions may be found at www.georgiaenvirothon.org.

ENVIROSCAPES
Each district has an Enviroscape model available for checkout. Please contact your district office for availability. Enviroscapes are designed to introduce students to watersheds. From the Enviroscapes website: "We all live in a watershed with water pollution comes from many sources. Nonpoint sources contribute a great deal to the pollution in our water bodies. The combined affect of pollution from many small sources can have a real impact on the quality of our shared water resources."

4-H FILMMAKING RESOURCE @ 4-H.org
The Virtual 4-H Filmmaking Studio & Workshop is located at www.4-H.org/curriculum/filmmaking and was developed in collaboration with Montana State University.  The Filmmaking Studio and Workshop is the online space to find tools and resources about video production and “how to make your own film”.  On the home page of the site, you’ll find the main Filmmaking Workshop—an 11 module “virtual workshop”, geared toward youth interested in making Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) films.  The workshop discusses SET as a primary topic area and delivery mode, but the learning modes and principles apply across mission mandate areas—SET, Healthy Living, and Citizenship.  This is a BETA release and feedback is encouraged, via the “Give Feedback” button on the home page.   Additional resources will be added and tweaked over time, so stay tuned.  Happy Filmmaking!

FIRST LEGO® League
Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Elementary and middle-school students get to:

  • Design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations

What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime. Learn about the FLL Core Values and impact of the program. Full information is available at: http://usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll/default.aspx?id=970.

FISHES OF GEORGIA WEBSITE
Fishes of Georgia is the work of Albanese, Museum of Natural History Director Byron Freeman and Carrie Straight, a research professional with the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology. The Web site at http://fishesofgeorgia.uga.edu/ went online in March. Behind the lists, photographs and distribution maps are thousands of hours spent studying records, sampling streams and inspecting fish preserved in jars. Results include a Fishes of Georgia Atlas database that features more than 159,000 fish records from 19,028 collections, and an easy-to-use Web site that documents the state’s deep lineup of freshwater fish. A 1997 publication reported 219 native freshwater fishes for Georgia. Through the atlas project, that total now stands at 265, placing Georgia among the top three U.S. states for freshwater fish diversity. Environmental consultants, city planners, conservationists and elementary school teachers are all expected to use the site. Species are listed by scientific and common names. Maps show where each fish lives by basin. (Drainage systems often have different fishes.) A tab allows viewers to submit new records.

FOOD & ANR CAREERS
Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Careers, produced through a Cooperative Agreement between USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service and Purdue University
http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/USDA/careers/

FUTURE CITY COMPETITION
The mission of the National Engineers Week Future City Competition is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for seventh- and eighth-grade students that combines a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application to present their vision of a city of the future. This will be accomplished by: Fostering engineering skills, such as teamwork, communication and problem solving skills; Providing interaction among students, teachers, and engineer mentors; Informing the community about the multi-disciplines within the engineering profession; Inspiring students to explore futuristic concepts and careers in engineering. For more information about Georgia's competition, please visit: http://gafuturecity.spsu.edu/index.html.

GEORGIA WILD DNR e-NEWSLETTER
News of nongame and natural habitats of Georgia DNR is available via email by following this link and subscribing:  http://list-manage.com/subscribe.phtml?id=44f12247fb .  The monthly newsletter is free and features facts, statistics, news, and educational opportunities related to Georgia’s natural resources.

GEORGIA'S PROTECTED SPECIES RESOURCE DIRECTORY
Georgia DNR's Wildlife Resources Division website now offers detailed info about many of Georgia's protected species.  Be sure to check out this great resource for teachers and students: http://www.georgiawildlife.com/node/1379 .  You will find other useful links in the right-hand sidebar too (protected plants, high priority waters, how you can help, etc.).

INTRODUCE A GIRL TO ENGINEERING
IAG is a program that introduces young girls in middle school with a strong interest in math and science to the various fields of engineering.  This special event rolls into its eighth year bringing together middle school students from around the state of Georgia to interact and learn from established women in the fields of engineering and technology. For more information, please visit: http://www.engineersweek.com/iag.htm.

MATHCOUNTS
To secure America's global competitiveness, MATHCOUNTS inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging math problems. With the generous support of all MATHCOUNTS sponsors and volunteers, and leadership of the National Society of Professional Engineers at the local and state levels, MATHCOUNTS is providing today’s students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. Currently in our 26th year, MATHCOUNTS is one of the country's largest and most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. President Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush, Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Reagan have all recognized MATHCOUNTS in White House ceremonies. The MATHCOUNTS program has also received two White House citations as an outstanding private sector initiative. Particularly exciting for our Mathletes® were the hour-long ESPN programs on each of the National Competitions from 2003-2005. For more information about Georgia's MATHCOUNTS Competition, please visit: http://www.gspe.org/mathcounts.htm.

4-H MILLION TREES
Led by the Belmont (California) 4-H Club, the 4-H Million Trees (4HMT) Project is a large-scale service-learning project with the goal to plant 1,000,000 trees across the United States by 2011 to beautify America, absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide, and combat global climate change.  In 2008, National 4-H Headquarters signed a partnership agreement with Arbor Day Foundation in support of this project. Download for the letter (PDF) for information on how to get involved.

NASA ADVENTURES IN ROCKET SCIENCE
This resource is a K-12 Educators/Mentors guide that can be used to supplement your 4-H aerospace/rocketry programs. The guide contains 25 activities designed for informal education venues. You can download the PDF at http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Adventures_in_Rocket_Science.html

NASA ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE: LUNAR PLANT GROWTH CHAMBER
Students in grades K-12 design, analyze, build and assess plant growth chambers that could be used on the moon. Sets of seeds, cinnamon basil seeds that flew on the STS-118 space shuttle mission and control seeds that have not flown, are now available in the Seeds in Space Kit. The kit includes the following items: Five packets of seeds (each packet includes one envelope of space seeds and one envelope of Earth seeds), Liftoff to Learning: Plants in Space DVD, The Ozone Monitoring Garden Lithograph, and The Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber Bookmark. For more information about the NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber, please visit the Web site:
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/plantgrowth/home/index.html The Seeds in Space Kit may be obtained from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE. Seeds are available as long as supplies last. http://corecatalog.nasa.gov/item.cfm?num=300.0-83B

NAR: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROCKETRY
The National Association of Rocketry (NAR) is the organized body of rocket hobbyists. Chartered NAR sections conduct launches, connect modelers and support all forms of sport rocketry. NAR was founded in 1957 to help young people learn about science and math through building and safely launching their own models.  The NAR is a nationwide network of local clubs with experienced rocketeers available to provide advice and launch sites for your flights (view the list of clubs, including Georgia at: http://www.nar.org/NARseclist.php) . They welcome beginners and students who want to enjoy rocketry and learn to fly rockets safely. Many adult NAR members are "mentors" and assist individuals or schools in their local area (view the list and Georgia mentors at: http://4-h.org/b/Assets/tarcmentors.pdf).  The purpose of the partnership is to develop an ongoing exchange between the organizations that will help students learn about model rocketry and other aerospace topics.  If you would like to request a free copy of the NAR guidebook and CD Rom, please email me at melmel@uga.edu.  Supplies are limited. 

NSTA’s (National Science Teachers Association) SCIENCE TEACHERS GRAB BAG

  • NASA Blast Back to School Page
    NASA offers educational resources for all grade levels, kindergarten through college, as well as resources for the informal education community. Visit the website to find educational resources to bring the space agency’s missions into your classroom and details about NASA events taking place in your area.
  • Testing the Robotic Hand
    NASA engineer Larry Li built a robotic hand that can catch a baseball and grasp a wrench. Show students how it works with this short film from The Futures Channel. A hands-on math/algebra activity for grades 5–7 accompanies the film.
  • Ready Classroom Emergency Preparedness Site
    With hurricane season beginning, you’ll want to learn about the science of hurricanes and how they are predicted. Prepare your classroom with free emergency preparedness resources, and use the National Preparedness Map to find out about severe weather that could hit your area and what precautions to take.
  • Online Science
    This site contains videos, activities, and podcasts for all ages from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Classroom activities, such as building an electric motor, are aligned with learning standards. Videos depict baby chicks hatching, for example, while podcasts feature interviews with science experts.
  • One Million Acts of Green
    The One Million Acts of Green Program works closely with the National Wildlife Federation, The Climate Project, and its website partner GreenNexxus to provide high-quality, age-appropriate resources to teach students in grades K–12 about climate change. Resources include teacher and parent guides and slideshows.
  • Teaching the Process of Science
    This module was created by Stanford University's Anne E. Egger and addresses practical teaching questions like "what is the process of science," "why should I teach it," and "how do I teach it." The module also includes several how-to examples and a list of additional resources for integrating the process of science into teaching at all levels, using different techniques.
  • The KidWind Project
    The KidWind Project is a team of teachers, engineers, and scientists committed to innovative energy education. Their website provides information about wind energy, lesson plans for all grade levels, and ideas for building an educational wind turbine.
  • Plant Talking Points
    The Botanical Society of America designed this classroom tool for sharing ideas and concepts highlighting the role plants play in our lives and in the world around us. Teachers can use it to get students thinking about and exploring plant-related topics.
  • Pulse of the Planet’s Educator Resources
    K–12 lesson plans use Pulse of the Planet radio programs and sounds as a focus for learning activities on a range of subjects. The lesson plans are aligned to national education standards and accompanied by downloadable audio files. (Free registration is required.)

NATIONAL LAB DAY
National Lab Day (http://www.nationallabday.org) is a national awareness raising and networking for hands-on learning.  It is supported by Motorola, HP, NSTA, NSF, and others.  It cross cuts into efforts such as STEM, Earth Day and No Child Left Inside.

NATIONAL SOIL PROJECT AT NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Geoffrey Davies and a research team are working on a project to do soil analyses of agricultural topsoils from different parts of the U.S. 4-H clubs can help to collect samples that can be analyzed to give a much clearer assessment of the health of the Nation's soils. 4-H members and families can help to contribute to this national soil research project. Download the program announcement (PDF) with details about how to contact Dr. Davies for more information.

PBS DESIGN SQUAD TRASH TO TREASURE CONTEST
Turn your trash into treasure and be on TV! Recycle, reuse, and re-engineer everyday materials into an out-of-the box invention. Visit: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/contest/index.html

REACH FOR THE STARS – NATIONAL ROCKET CONTEST
Contestants in the annual Reach for the Stars ~ National Rocket Competition will build and launch a solid-fuel powered rocket at an event held in their area. The rockets (Alpha style) and engines ('A' class) are the same ones used in the 4-H rocketry program. They can be launched from any open area (sports fields are great) and require no special license or permit. The competitions are being hosted by Challenger Learning Centers, schools, YMCAs, Scouts, 4-H, Boys & Girls Clubs and other youth groups nationwide. The closest average landing (by parachute) to a target after two launches - wins. Local winner’s results are sent to competition headquarters to determine the state winners. As many as 100 State Winners (1 Youth & 1 Collegiate from each state) will be invited to Space Camp / US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama to compete for the national titles under an 'October Sky'. The iconic location, Homer Hickam Field at Space Camp is the perfect setting for the Reach for the Stars ~ National Rocket Competition finals. We promise the winners “memories to last a lifetime and bragging rights for generations to come.” The annual RFTS Youth Competition is a STEM education outreach of the Christa McAuliffe / Challenger Learning Center. Open for ages 10 to 18 it runs continuously. It is a safe, fun, affordable way to promote. Go to www.TheRocketman.net for details and deadlines.

4-H SET MARKETING MATERIALS
Visit the 4-H Brand Network to access 4-H SET PSAs, print ads, and taglines. There is some additional information found here regarding use of 4-H SET marketing materials.

SCIENCE BEHIND OUR FOOD
The Science Behind Our Food National Science Foundation grant began in July 2003 and ended in June 2006. This resource is a few years old, but is still full of useful lesson plans and activites. Information is found at: http://www.uga.edu/discover/sbof/index.htm.

SCIENCE BUDDIES
National 4-H Headquarters recently had a conversation with the people at Science Buddies: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/.  This Web site is designed primarily for science fair projects, but these activities also make great projects for 4-H science displays or science learning activities that relate to 4-H projects. Projects are by grade-levels so they’re age-appropriate. There are discussions about topics like scientific method, doing research and constructing a hypothesis.  It also has an “Ask an Expert” feature.  This can be a useful resource for 4-H staff, volunteers and members for 4-H SET.

4-H SET RESOURCES FOR YOU, BY YOU!
National 4-H Council, National 4-H Headquarters, and University of Arizona 4-H, invited all 4-H professionals, staff and volunteers to produce their own digital film for front-line educators and volunteers to help better implement 4-H SET programs.  And you responded with excellent work! The six winning videos give us a range of activities facilitators can use with youth, content to help support our work in delivering science activities, and a step-by-step example of the scientific method. The video entries demonstrated imagination and creativity, and have provided a foundation for our bank of video training resources to improve SET professional development for 4-H educators and volunteers.  View the 4-H SET Video Challenge Winners (including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from Georgia) at http://4-h.org/staffresources/videochallenge

SOUTHERN REGION 4-H20 CURRICULUM
The Southern Region 4H2O curriculum is now finalized and online at http://www.ca.uky.edu/enri/4H2O.htm.  It is a University of Kentucky publication, but we are a collaborating partner and worked together on it through the Southern Region Water Program.  In fact several of you will find yourselves in the acknowledgement section as you were involved in the pilot of this curriculum!

STATE 4-H COUNCIL WORKSHOPS (2009)
During the 2009 State 4-H Council "A Little Bit of 4-H Goes a Long Way", three 4-H SET workshops were conducted with the participants. These workshops and the support materials are available for download below.

TOOLS FOR THE TRADE II: INSPIRING YOUNG MINDS TO BE SET READY FOR LIFE! – Now available on CD 
A comprehensive staff-development guide with over 20 hours of training for afterschool staff and youth workers on how to incorporate science, engineering and technology in their programs.  The CD has 14 individual sessions for trainers that include set up, materials list, background information, and evaluation tools. Topics include:

  • creating a science-rich environment
  • helping frontline staff be confident and comfortable in facilitating SET learning
  • understanding experiential and inquiry based learning
  • SET abilities for the 21st Century
  • how kids learn science in afterschool settings

To order the CD ($40 includes shipping & handling), call Jackie Reilly 775-856-8404 or email reillyj@unce.unr.edu or use this order form.  

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Georgia 4-H SET Contact

Melanie Biersmith
Extension 4-H Specialist
706.484.2894
melmel@uga.edu

Georgia 4-H Mission Mandates: Citizenship, Healthy Living, SET
www.georgia4h.org/missionmandates


Georgia 4-H Environmental Education
www.georgia4h.org/ee

 

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