4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

STEM in 4-H

The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, 2013.
4-H STEM programs combine the strengths of experiential, hands-on education and inquiry-based science learning with a positive youth development framework that addresses the developmental and educational needs of young people.

By offering engaging science programming in out-of-school time settings, youth are provided with a variety of free choice and hands-on learning opportunities that promote excitement in learning about natural phenomena. 

Animal Science is STEM

Go to our Animal Science page to download this poster and learn more about Animal Science in 4-H. 

Animal Science is STEM

4-H National Youth Science Day - Oct. 4, 2017

NYSD kit order button
October 4, 2017 is the 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD), the world’s largest youth-led science experiment. Every year thousands of youth take part in the National Science Experiment focusing on STEM topics and issues. 

Guides in English & Spanish

2017 NYSD Facilitator Guide - English

2017 NYSD Facilitator Guide - Spanish

2017 NYSD Youth Guide - English

2017 NYSD Youth Guide - Spanish

Register your event

Make sure you register your event so you can be listed on the map! Register your event on the National 4-H website.

Promote your event

Resources to promote your National Youth Science Day project

This link includes a Marketing Toolkit, branded images to use on social media, websites and newsletters. You can also print out bookmarks in English & Spanish to distribute at other events to let people know when and where your projects will be!

Past 4-H NYSD Experiments

The guides and materials from past 4-H NYSD experiments can be used for STEM projects throughout the year. See Past 4-H NYSD Experiments


Encouraging children's curiosity helps science develop
 "In 4-H we try to encourage natural curiosity and help children and youth to learn about science and get involved in their communities with the support of caring and dedicated adult volunteers." Read more.

"En 4-H tratamos de fomentar esa curiosidad natural y ayudamos a niños y jóvenes a aprender sobre ciencia y a involucrarse en sus comunidades con el apoyo de adultos voluntarios comprensivos y dedicados” Lee mas.

STEM Mailing List

Do you want to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)?  

Subscribe to receive CA 4-H STEM updates! This is a great way to stay informed on upcoming STEM events in California and opportunities for 4-H’ers and volunteers.

Click here to subscribe today!

STEM Events

For January - March, 2018 California STEM events, please click here 

4-H SET Projects

4-H SET Activities

4-H SET Curricula

link to Educational Technology Advisory Committee

4-H SET Initiative button


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