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4-H STEM in Tennessee

Nearly all 4-H projects offer 4-H STEM programming.  4-H is committed to addressing our nation's critical challenge to improve STEM literacy, increase the number of students seeking post-secondary education in STEM, and increase the number of young adults pursuing careers in STEM fields.  4‑H programs provide 4‑H youth the opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through fun, hands-on activities and projects.  Contact your County Extension Office for more information on joining 4-H, and the opportunities in your county.

4-H Subject Matter Project List - Check out the subject matter list of 4-H projects to see what 4-H has to offer.

Stewardship of our natural resources is founded in actions that are learned early in life. There is a great need to expose our youth to the science of the environment using applications that excite and intrigue. Backyard STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics) is an environmental science program that focuses on getting students outside or bringing the outside into the classroom for experiential learning about our environment.

Tennessee 4-H Education Centers and Camps
4-H operates four 4-H Centers located throughout the state. The 4-H Centers offer a wide variety of camps, and an extensive summer camping program for young people in fourth through 12th grades.  Each 4-H Center also operates Science, Nature, and Environmental Education programs during the school year for schools and other groups.

06272012289.jpg 4-H Academic Conference
Junior High Academic Conference is an educational program on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Participants receive intensive training in their 4-H project areas under the supervision of university scientists and specialists, and explore related career opportunities. The conference provides a variety of rewarding and fun-filled experiences in classroom, outdoor and laboratory settings.
4-H Electric Camp
Electric Camp is a fun-filled, rewarding adventure in electricity held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The camp features learning centers staffed by electric utility professionals. Each learning center will use hands-on activities that allow the 4-H members to learn by doing. 
Electric camp is for boys and girls enrolled in 4-H who are in grades 6-7 as of January 1 of the current calendar year. Members do not have to be enrolled in the electric project to attend the camp, but they should have an interest in this area.

P1010325.jpg 4-H Shooting Sports
The Tenn
essee 4-H Shooting Sports Program is a volunteer-led program that teaches life skills and STEM principles through shooting sports. Youth learn safety and shooting techniques in the disciplines of air pistol, archery, hunting, muzzleloader, rifle and shotgun. This program is affiliated with National 4-H Shooting Sports.

4-H Animal Science
The 4-H Animal Science program is conducted by the University of Tennessee Department of Animal Science.  The Department is committed to teaching youth STEM principles through animal science.
  4-H Animal Science participants are challenged with real-life issues as they learn responsibility through educational contests and programs, including the raising and showing of horses and livestock.

National 4-H STEM Website (sponsored by National 4-H Council)
To learn more about 4-H STEM on the national scene, go to

Tennessee 4-H Calendar
Find out when things are happening for all things 4-H in Tennessee.

4-H STEM relies heavily on partnerships and sponsorships for its success.  Contact Daniel Sarver ( about 4-H STEM in Tennessee.

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