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."