STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math
4-H Junior Robotics with NXT-G
The Junior 4-H robotics program offers 4-H'ers ages 8-13 an opportunity to learn basic programming skills in addition to teamwork, public speaking and other life skills. The robotics program utilizes the LEGO Mindstorms Robot with NXT-G software. Advanced Juniors may also use RobotC software. The program is a yearlong program. Participants utilize the national 4-H robotics curriculum as well as the software curriculum. Participants will build the REM robot, program the NXT robot, use advanced programming commands, make use of sensors in programming, and solve age appropriate research problems. Learn more about 4-H Junior Robotics.
4-H Junior Computer Challenge (10 & 11 year olds)
This program will prepare 4-H'ers for a digital economy by engaging them in hands-on computer science learning opportunities. Based off of the curriculum by code.org, participants will learn concepts such as conditions, algorithms, binary code, and debugging. These lessons will prepare 4-H'ers to use Scratch Jr. for the computer contest at 4-H project achievement days. Participants will create a program using Scratch Jr.; give a 3-5 minute presentation using key terms such as loops, debugging, conditionals, and algorithms; and understand the impact computer science has on the world around them.
4-H Cloverbud Robotics Curriculum with Dash
Research shows that if girls are not exposed to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects by Kindergarten and minority boys by first grade, the chances of them pursing STEM decrease significantly as they grow older. This program will serve as a gateway both to the local county 4-H program and future STEM education. Learn more about 4-H Cloverbud Robotics.
4-H Cloverbud Robotics Curriculum with WeDo
Research shows that if girls are not exposed to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects by Kindergarten and minority boys by first grade, the chances of them pursing STEM decrease significantly as they grow older. This program will serve as a gateway both to the local county 4-H program and future STEM education. Participants will: understand that robots are moving parts and need programmed instruction to perform behaviors, know that a program is a sequence of instructions for the robot to follow, create repeating instructions using loops, and program the robot to use sensors to feel and see what is around it. Learn more about 4-H Senior Robotics.
LOUISVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service will hold the North Mississippi 4-H Summer Camp Explore July 23-26 in Winston County.
The camp will be at Lake Tiak O’Khata, located at 1290 Smyth Lake Road in Louisville.
Participants will enjoy the outdoors, expressive arts, and STEM and S.A.F.E.T.Y. activities. Archery, canoeing, drama, air rifle, survival skills, first aid, robotics and a service project are among the camp’s offerings. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will conduct a heritage activity with the campers.
Growing food on Earth is challenging enough, but two Armstrong Middle School robotics teams are exploring the cultivation of leafy greens in space.
Mississippi State University received three grants Oct. 22 totaling almost $900,000 to enhance the advancement of scientific and environmental literacy among children and young people living near the Gulf Coast.
4-H engineering program moves online
Story by Susan Collins-Smith • Photos by Kevin Hudson
Eight-year-old twins Zadie and Kyra Baughtmann love to build with LEGO bricks, so, when they learned about the virtual 4-H summer camp available in June, they eagerly signed up.
The sisters have been members of the Franklin County 4-H Creative Arts Club as Cloverbuds since they were eligible. They enjoy developing creative arts projects in the youth development program created by the Mississippi State University Extension Service....
4-H’er creates instructional video
4-H’ers learn by doing, pandemic or no pandemic. So, even though Aaron Lampley could not meet with the Winston County Photography Club, he could leverage technology to increase his own skills and share his expertise with other photo enthusiasts.
4-H’er uses tech to unite club, serve community
Not many teens—or adults, for that matter—know the ins and outs of Robert’s Rules of Order, but 17-year-old Chasity Moses is making a habit of knowing and doing things that set her apart.
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When she started volunteering with Tate County 4-H almost 15 years ago, Joy Magness didn’t know much about the youth development program delivered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
She was home-schooling her two children, Samantha and Eli, and her fellow home-schooling parent and friend Adelia Gaines asked Magness if she’d like her kids to join 4-H and if she’d like to volunteer.