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Georgia 4-H'ers Engage in STEM Programming at Statewide Conference
Submitted by: Melanie Biersmith

Thanks to continued support from Lockheed Martin (via National 4-H Council), the 965 participants at the statewide 4-H Junior Conference for 6th - 8th grade students engaged in STEM programming with a goal of generating additional interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as future career options.

Throughout the two-day conference, 4-H'ers participated in two different workshops with a STEM focus. During "Drone Discovery," 4-H'ers participated in the 2016 National Youth Science Day challenge and compared rotary wing to fixed wing aircrafts.  And, during "Glow with the Flow," 4-H'ers learned more about bioluminescence and even made their own "glowing" objects.  

When asked if they were more interested in STEM because of their participation in STEM workshops, 67% of respondents indicated "yes".  And when asked to complete this sentence, "Because STEM was included in Junior Conference, I....", responses included:

  • learned leadership, compromising, and professionalism
  • will know more about future jobs
  • get a better experience
  • learn how to do things I may not know


During the 2015-16 school year, Georgia 4-H reached over 105,000 young people with science-related programming.  This is accomplished through a variety of delivery models, curricula, events, and activities including in-school club meetings, 4-H Environmental Education, robotics programs, judging teams, and more as Georgia 4-H continues to "Make the Best Better."  


The University of Georgia and Ft. Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and counties of the state cooperating. The Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. An equal opportunity/affirmative action organization committed to a diverse work force.