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Welcome to 4-H STEM
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math


Science can be defined as the study of the world around us, a thread that runs through all aspects of our lives. Science is the theory that lies behind all 4-H projects. Technology can be defined as the tools and applications of science that help individuals advance their world and their own development. 

The strength of 4-H lies in its emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning opportunities, programs that connect learning to real-life situations and its connection to the Land-Grant University system.

Current Research on Need for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Newest Results from the Study of PYD includes SET responses The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development being conducted by the Lerner’s at Tufts University added questions in 2008 regarding science, engineering and computer technology (SET) interests and attitudes.

National Girls Collaborative Project: "Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics." These slides are from a presentation of eight recent research findings profiled in Why So Few Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics?, a new research report by AAUW that points to important environmental and social barriers that continue to block women’s participation and progress in science, technology, engineering, and math. The presentation includes ideas for what each of us can do to open scientific and engineering fields more fully to girls and women.

4-H STEM National Mission

One Million New Scientists. One Million New Ideas.™

The United States is falling dangerously behind other nations in developing its future workforce of scientists, engineers, and technology experts. To ensure global competitiveness, we must act now to prepare the next generation of science, engineering, and technology leaders. Read more..

Science, Engineering and Technology Programming in the Context of 4-H Youth Development

SET Programming in the Context of 4-H Youth Development The National 4-H STEM Leadership Team commissioned this paper in October 2006 to identify an established set of nationally recognized standards in science, engineering and technology (SET) that 4-H could align with, and a set of life-skill outcomes (SET abilities) that could be addressed with reasonable certainty within the context of 4-H Youth Development.

The report is intended for use by National 4-H STEM Leadership Team members and Extension professionals to support the work of state and county 4-H staff and volunteers, and to serve as a framework for design, implementation and evaluation of 4-H programs and curriculum materials.

4-H STEM Contacts:

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Joanna Skluzacek
4-H STEM Specialist
436 Lowell Center
610 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608. 265.2949
Fax: 608.265.6407

Ian Meeker
4-H Youth Development Educator
Bayfield County Administration Bldg
117 E. 5th Street
Washburn, WI 54891-9464
Phone: 715-373-6104 Ext 249
Fax: 715-373-6304

Tom Zinnen
Biotechnology Policy & Outreach Specialist
425 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 265-2420
Fax: (608) 262-6748