4-H Summer of Science
4-H utilizes STEM content to engage learners in positive youth development activities.
What is 4-H Summer of Science? It is a series of weekly STEM activities for kids in grades 3-7. Lessons are typically delivered once a week, for six weeks. 4-H staff or volunteers conduct the activity with small groups of youth.
Benefits of 4-H Summer of Science:
- Participants have an increased interest in science
- participants demonstrate positive attitudes towards science
- Participants have reduced summer learning loss
- Teen teachers in the Summer of Science program indicate increased confidence in public speaking, leadership and teamwork.
- 4-H Summer of Science teachers demonstrate increased skills in problem solving, teamwork and communication.
UMaine Extension 4-H Summer of Science looks to partner with places where youth already gather during the summer months, to engage them in 4-H Science. Locations include community partner sites such as local libraries, summer meal sites, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA camps and more.
In recent years, summer activities have participants will use the Engineer Design Process and learn about the science and real world challenges related to Maine’s ocean waters.
For more information about 4-H Summer of Science in your county, contact your local county UMaine Extension office.