Plans are shaping up for our 4-H National Youth Science Day in Maine. This year’s experiment is “Game Changers” and is based in computer science. No prior experience with computer science is needed – we promise! Here are some things you may be interested to know.
Game Changers is the 2019 National Youth Science Day (NYSD) activity. Game Changers teaches kids ages 8-14 how to use computer science to create games, solve problems and engage with topics they’re passionate about.
Game Changers uses physical activity and puzzles to teach kids important computer science concepts and problem-solving skills, creating real-world connections between computer science and civic engagement, healthy living and agriculture. Although the challenge includes one computer-based and two unplugged activities to help kids learn computer science, all can be completed without internet access.
Training for those interested in hosting the activity will be offered via Zoom on October 1st. Times are either 2:00-3:30 or 7:00-8:30. This training is open to Extension staff, volunteers, teen leaders, and community partners interested in leading the ‘Game Changers’ experiment. RSVP here: forms.gle/kJ6r4rXNTZokbrAp7.
Our Maine 4-H Science Professional would be happy to do some training with groups. If you have 10 or more volunteers (or teens) interested in an in-person training, our Maine 4-H Science Professionals are willing to travel to you. Please contact your county Extension 4-H program staff.
You may order kits ($10 for enrolled volunteers or $30 for non-enrolled volunteers) or contact your county Extension 4-H Program to see if kits are available through a county 4-H Lending Library.