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(STEM) Science, Technology Engineering and Math

4-H aims to grow the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers by giving youth plenty of opportunities to try their hands at real world science.


In 4-H STEM, we create supportive relationships that nurture wonder and fuel learning through investigation and design! Youth and adults work together to create new understanding and design community solutions.

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4-H Robotics

Nationally, 4-H has launched a curriculum that has three phases - junk drawer robotics, virtual robotics and NXT platform robotics. National 4-H has a formal partnership with FIRST Robotics, which has helped build new partnering relationships within NYS. FIRST teams exhibit in the 4-H Youth Building at the New York State Fair.     

Youth of all ages love the challenge of robotics.

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Career Explorations

Career Explorations is a three-day event for youth on the Cornell University campus. The purpose of this conference is to provide youth with exposure to academic fields and career exploration, to develop leadership skills, to provide hands-on experience in a college setting and to introduce you to Cornell University. The event is made up of two grade specific tracts: University U for youth entering grades 8-9 and Focus for Teens for youth entering grades 10-12.

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Civic Engagement

Civic engagement is the broadest mission mandate; it incorporates youth voice, leadership, respect, history, community youth development, SET, and Healthy Lifestyles.

According to National 4-H: 

4-H Citizenship is the knowledge, skills, attitudes and motivation that give youth the capacity to move beyond one's individual self-interest and to be committed to the well-being of some larger group. 4-H Citizenship incorporates civic engagement, civic education, service, and personal development.

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Geospatial Science

4-Hers are having a blast exploring geospatial sciences from simple Geocaching (using GPS receivers to look for hidden treasure boxes all around the world) to complex community mapping projects.  New local clubs are forming as a result of a generous grant opportunity sponsored by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).  The result is 4-Hers are learning to use Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to collect spatial data, plot results on detailed maps, and provide useful resources to community planners.

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Healthy Living

NYS 4-H Healthy Living: Fostering a Culture of Health and Wellness

The New York State (NYS) 4-H Healthy Living program engages youth and families through hands-on educational activities that promote a culture of health and well-being within a positive youth development framework. Rooted in the ecological model of Urie Bronfenbrenner, our Healthy Living program is a holistic one that emphasizes nutrition and fitness, social-emotional wellness, and prevention of injury.

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Marketing in New York & Display Items

Marketing Resources for New York State 4-H 

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  • President,  Melanie Forstrum
  • Vice President, John Bowe
  • Secretary, Leland Bunting
  • Treasurer, Robert Batt
  • Past-President, Kelly Adams

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Program Management

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Program Work Teams

Program Work Teams or PWT's, function as campus/county/stakeholder planning teams around a particular topic.  For 4-H,  the PWTs are connected to the national Mission Mandate programs. 

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