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4-H Computers & Technology Project

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Many of the earliest computers were too big to fit in a bedroom, but today some can fit inside the palm of your hand or on your wrist. How do you like to use computers and technology?

The 4-H computer and technology project offers endless possibilities. Whether you like to program electronics, make online scrapbook pages, design web pages, geocaching, or take a hike with a GPS unit, you will find your niche with this project.

Technology advances every day – don’t get left behind!

Ages and Stages of Youth Development

Beginners

Understand the foundations of computers and explore how computers work for various projects. Learn safety precautions while online. Create, save and retrieve files from a computer and use graphics. Learn educational apps to use.

Juniors

Juniors have knowledge of the building, maintaining, and repairing computer problems. Recognize the use of sites in research for school and 4-H projects. Edit photos using a photo editor. Use safety precautions while using technology.

Seniors

Understand how computers and technology will influence future careers. Use computers safe and ethically. Collaborate using computers and technology with peers. Create websites or blog with a working URL. Create a database for research.

4-H Programming Priorities

Leadership

Teach younger 4-H members about technology and how to use it. Create posters and flyers for a 4-H club or community event.

Health & Wellness

Create a spreadsheet for your health in regards to healthy eating, weight, and exercise. Create an online journal of your physical activity.

Science

Computer and Technology uses applied math and science to solve issues. Science helps understand how things work with the use of computers and technology.

Agriculture

Apps are used to keep track of animal feed and spray applied to fields. Precision Ag is all new technology. Video imaging helps producers with calving season.

Get Involved

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Youth Voice

  • Demonstrate Geo-caching or web design
  • Educational poster or display about technology
  • Communicate about cyber-bullying
  • Volunteer with TeachSD
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Community Service

  • Teach technology to senior citizens
  • Create posters or flyers for a non-profit
  • Design a website or presentation to promote a local event
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Career Connections

  • Computer technician
  • Software engineer
  • Computer network architect
  • Computer science
  • Web and game designer
  •  3D printing

Exhibit Ideas

  • Spreadsheet or database application
  • Write a computer program
  • Design a computer game
  • Create an app
  • Create a computer presentation
  • Design a website
  • Digitally enhanced photography
  • Digital storybook
  • Computer educational display or poster

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