Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.
The 4-H Science of Agriculture will engage youth in exploring and developing science-based solutions to agricultural problems they have identified in their communities. 4-Hers, 6th grade-12th grade, will work on teams of 3-4 youth. Participants will attend a statewide event to present their 4-H Science of Agriculture projects, which will be evaluated by a panel of industry and university judges. The team with the highest scores at the end of the event will be recognized and each member of the team will receive $1,000 scholarship for any college, university, or accredited trade school. Youth will also have a chance to connect with representatives from the University and agribusiness community, who are eager to meet the next generation of leaders in agriculture and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Through “hands on” 4-H agriculture, science, technology, engineering, and math learning experiences, youth will:
For more information, contact Christine Wood, SDSU Extension 4-H Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Field Specialist.
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.
Application to apply for a travel grant for Science of Agriculture.
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.
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.
Science of Agriculture application for research and travel grant.
January 10, 2019
Enrollment is now open for the South Dakota 4-H Science of Agriculture program. The Science of Agriculture program and contest is designed to expose youth in grades 6-12 to the research process. Winning team members each receive a $1,000 scholarship.