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, increasing the number of students seeking postsecondary education in STEM, and increasing 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.
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 Mathematics) 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 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 twelfth grades. Each 4-H Center also operates Science, Nature, and Environmental Education programs during the school year for schools and other groups.
Junior High Academic Conference is an educational program on the campus of the University of Tennessee, 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, outdoors, and laboratory settings.
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 six and seven 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.
4-H STEM relies heavily on partnerships and sponsorship for its success. Contact Daniel Sarver about 4-H STEM in Tennessee.