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Science of Agriculture - Quick Start Guide and Topics

Updated October 08, 2021

Christine Wood

SDSU Extension 4-H Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Field Specialist

Written collaboratively by Christine Wood, SDSU Extension 4-H Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Field Specialist and Amber Erickson, former SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Field Operations Coordinator.

Volunteers are a huge part of what makes the 4-H Science of Agriculture possible. Whether you are a business professional, parent, or volunteer, the Science of Agriculture would not exist without you. We just cannot say it enough – thank you!

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.

Preparing Tomorrow's Agriculture Leaders…

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 process abundant, healthy, and economical food. The 4-H Science of Agriculture program asks youth to work with agriculture experts explore and develop science-based solution to agriculture-related issues they have identified in their communities.

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.