4-H STEM Challenge

4-H STEM Challenge logo
The 4-H STEM Challenge, formerly known as 4-H National Youth Science Day, is an annual initiative to inspire kids everywhere to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning.

For the past 13 years, 4-H has developed fun, accessible challenges that shows kids how STEM skills can be applied to the world around them.

 

October is 4-H STEM Month

Plan your STEM activities during October using the STEM Challenge kit - and share it with us on social media! Just tag us @California4H on Facebook and @ca4H on Instagram.

2021 STEM Summit: Galactic Quest

Online, September 16-19, 2021 - Registration Open 

2021 STEM Challenge - Galactic Quest logo
Even though you may not know it, your daily life is connected to space. Hospitals, banks, streetlights, gas pumps, phones, televisions and, and more use a vast network of satellites orbiting our planet.

At the 2021 STEM Summit, participants will work with peers and group leaders on a variety of workshops and collaborative exercises. Each virtual session will test and strengthen foundational STEM skills while participants wrestle with the same questions as today’s top aerospace scientists and engineers.

Galactic Quest

Designed by Clemson University, the 2021 4-H STEM Challenge, Galactic Quest, focuses on the mysteries and adventures of space exploration.

Galactic Quest explores the history of humans in space, the technology and resources needed for missions, and the obstacles humans encounter in orbit. Activities explore important STEM topics ranging from physics and engineering to computer science and space agriculture.

Kits are available in 2 sizes - Family Kit and Educator Kit

Educator Kit: Includes material for 12 youth to participate in the offline activities at the same time. Kits can be used in spaces where physical distancing can be followed.

Family Sized Kit: Includes materials for 1-4 youth to participate in the offline activities at the same time from inside the home.

Kids learn foundational STEM skills while they wrestle with the same questions as today’s top aerospace scientists and engineers! Activities can be done all at once or individually, making it great for classrooms, afterschool programs, clubs, parents and more.

Astro Adventure

This unplugged board game promotes teamwork as kids gather the resources needed to live and work in deep space.

Stellar Optics

In this offline activity, kids build a telescope and learn about physics and light and how telescopes have been used to explore space.

Cosmic Claw

Kids work hands-on to engineer a mechanical arm that works to harvest crops in space.

Cyber Satellite

In this computer science activity, kids learn about cyber security and decoding to stay safe from obstacles in orbit.

 

Guides

Facilitator Guide - English

Facilitator Guide - Spanish

Youth Guide - English

Youth Guide - Spanish

Promote the STEM Challenge

Use these resourcees to promote the 4-H STEM Challenge with families, schools, and partners.

Editable Poster

Promote your scheduled STEM Challenge event using the editable poster, for posting on bulletin boards and local businesses.

Editable poster 8.5x11 - English (PDF)

Editable poster 8.5x11 - Spanish

 

Social media images

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English social media posts

Spanish Social media posts

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Spanish Social Media images

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