New program will encourage 4-H’ers to develop STEM skills

A new initiative will give 4-H’ers the opportunity to develop their skills and interest in the area of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — a group of subjects known as STEM.

For the first year of this initiative, 4-H clubs will take part in a science experiment ‘in a box.’

“With this initiative, our goal is to encourage young people to be engaged actively in STEM by learning to do by doing through fun and interactive experiences,” said Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO.

The Discover Science kit will contain all the components needed to build a wearable health monitor following the engineering design process to build, test, and refine the device. Wearable technologies are becoming more and more integrated in our lives, and this initiative will allow 4-H members to learn about human health, and how it can be tracked and improved using technology.

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These kits were created in 2017 by the National 4-H Council in the United States as the Incredible Wearables kit, and developed by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with the support of various donors. The Canadian version is being supported by Bayer Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Discover Science kits will be distributed to 90 Canadian 4-H clubs in Canada this spring, introducing over 2,200 young members to inquiry-based learning.

“As a life science company, we understand that exploration and innovation are key factors helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and it’s encouraging to see the large number of clubs and youth participating in this pilot program,” said Al Driver, country division head with Bayer Crop Science Canada.

For more information, go to 4-h-canada.ca/discoverscience.

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