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

STEM Project Areas


Animal Science including livestock, equine, poultry, dogs, rabbit



Biological Science including embryology, entomology, marine biology, and veterinary science 

Nutrition, Consumer, and Family Science including textiles, fiber science, and food science

Physical Science including energy management, sustainability, and geology

Plant Science and Gardening including agriculture and gardening

Environmental Education including astronomy, climatology, forestry, outdoor adventure, and water education

Engineering and Technology including website design, computers, gis/gps, and video production, aerospace, electricity, electronics, robotics, engines, and woodworking


Shooting Sports including safety and handling of firearms and archery equipment, calculating trajectory and distance 



 "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.

2019 4-H National Youth Science Day

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