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4-H STEM learning experiences spark youth interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Spark Champions (youth and adult mentors) nuture these sparks to deepen and sustain STEM engagement.
We strive to help youth:
- Have fun doing science
- Engage in science and engineering practices
- Identify as science people,
- Become fluent in STEM
- Develop environmental literacy
- Be ready for college and careers
What does research say about high quality STEM learning and positive youth development? Here are some places to start your exploration.
STEM Ready America - collection of evidence and real-world examples of effective practices, programs, and partnerships that nurture youth thriving through STEM
- National 4-H Headquarters Science
- Supporting Students in Developing Literacy in Science Joseph S. Krajcik and LeeAnn M. Sutherland (April 22, 2010). Science 328 (5977), 456-459.
- National Research Council’s Framework for K12 Science Education
- Next Generation Science Standards
- Scientific literacy: California 4-H defines it from citizens' perspective
- K. Ann Renninger, Interest and Identity Development in Instruction: An Inductive Model
- Adam V. Maltese & Robert H. Tai (2010) Eyeballs in the Fridge: Sources of early interest in science, International Journal of Science Education, 32:5, 669-685
- Afterschool Alliance STEM Outcomes
- Eberbach, C. and K. Crowley. From everyday to scientific observation: how children learn to observe the biologist’s world.
- Beyond computer literacy: Supporting youth's positive development through technology
- Learning Environment
- STEM Learning Ecosystems
- Community Needs Assessment sources