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Amber Erickson

SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Field Operations Coordinator

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Teen boy and adult male reviewing specimens under magnifying glass.

Science of Agriculture South Dakota Education Standards

SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program has made improving science literacy a priority, and is working to develop the next generation of agriculture scientists. A study of youth development by Tufts University shows that young people who participate in 4-H excel in school and science, and are more likely to pursue a career in science, engineering or computer technology than their peers. 4-H’s hands-on interactive programs expose youth to cutting-edge technology in agriculture that produces abundant, healthy and economical food. The 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge asks teams of youth to work with agriculture experts to explore and develop science-based solutions to agriculture-related issues they have identified in their communities.

4-H STEM, Youth Agriculture, Youth Science, Science of Agriculture

Teen boy and adult male reviewing specimens under magnifying glass.

Science of Agriculture - Quick Start Guide

This Quick Start Guide is adapted from the University of Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Response Challenge Guide which was modeled after one from FIRST® LEGO® League. This guide is meant to help navigate the complete Science of Agriculture program; from recruiting team members all the way through celebrating at the end of the season, this guide contains suggestions to help along the way.

4-H STEM, Youth Agriculture, Youth Science, Science of Agriculture

Teen boy and adult male reviewing specimens under magnifying glass.

Science of Agriculture Potential Topics and Mentors

To aid in the development of future Science of Agriculture teams, SDSU Extension Field Specialists assisted with the compilation of the following topics. Please utilize the lists below when promoting the Science of Agriculture with 4-H youth.

4-H STEM, Youth Agriculture, Youth Science, Science of Agriculture