4-H SET trains volunteers to engage youth in science actvities
4-H volunteers participate in an experiential and inquiry-learning science activity in the Oak Woodlands Wildlife curricula.
What Has ANR Done?The 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Initiative endeavors to help meet this challenge. The California 4-H SET trains 4-H adult volunteers, teens and staff to incorporate science, engineering, and technology content into 4-H projects and activities.
In February 2009, more than 200 4-H adult volunteers, teens and UC 4-H staff gathered at five locations in California for a 4-H SET Workshop. All of the sites followed the same agenda: science education facilitation using inquiry in experiential learning, delivery in club and camp settings, and partnering with campus and community collaborators. Participants were introduced to these curricula – The Power of Wind, Give Robots a Hand, Oak Woodland Wildlife, It Came From Planted Earth, and Youth Development through Veterinary Science.
Over 200 improve their skills as science educatorsPost-workshop surveys demonstrated the effectiveness of this training on the competencies and confidence of 4-H adult volunteers, teens and UC 4-H staff to provide science education to 4-H members:
* 80% of the respondents indicated that they are most or very likely to change one or more of their teaching practices as a result of the workshop.
* 81% of the workshop participants replied that the workshop mostly or absolutely enhanced their abilities as a facilitator.
* 84% of the respondents were somewhat or very likely to conduct a 4-H SET Training in the next six months.
Clientele Testimonial"The experiential learning exercise was an 'Ah ha!' moment for the participants." "I've spoken to a classroom teacher who attended the workshop and she is already adapting parts for her third-grade class."
Supporting Unit:4-H Youth Development Program
Sharon Junge, Acting State 4-H Director, firstname.lastname@example.org; Richard Mahacek, Merced County Director, email@example.com; Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty, Santa Cruz 4-H Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org; Martin Smith, UCD Vet Med Extension, email@example.com; Steven Worker, CA 4-H SET Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org