February is Nebraska 4-H Month!
Throughout the month, Nebraska will be celebrating 4-H youth across the state who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.
(February 9, 2015) If you have an interest in Animal Science, Crop Science, Culinary Arts and Food Science, Digital Arts*, Education, Engineering, Filmmaking, Natural Resources, Unicameral Youth Legislature, Veterinary Science, or Weather and Climate Science*, then check out the 2015 Big Red Summer Academic Camp offerings! These career exploration camps, available to youth entering grades 10-12 during the fall of 2015, are held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus in June. Learn more...
*New camp for 2015
Volunteers Needed for FIRST LEGO League State Championship Tournament!
(February 4, 2015) FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifying Tournaments have been completed, and 48 teams across the state are now gearing up for the FIRST LEGO League State Championship Tournament to be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland!
FIRST opportunities provide youth in grades K-12 the opportunity to show off their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in a fun, sports-like environment.
Volunteers are needed to make this capstone event a success! If you are interested in joining us for another FIRST event, register using the FIRST Volunteer Information System. We look forward to seeing you at this year's FLL State Championship Tournament! Learn More About FIRST Robotics Events in Nebraska
(January 27, 2015) Nebraska 4-H Youth Development continues to make a difference in the lives of young people across the state! Throughout 2014, 4-H in Nebraska intentionally targeted educational programs toward 4-H Science, Agricultural Literacy, Career Development and College Readiness, Community Engagement, and Healthy Living. In addition, 4-H has always been focused in supporting the post-secondary education aspirations of young people. Learn more about the impact that 4-H is making by viewing the 2014 Youth Development Outcome Report!
Free Resources to Engage New Audiences During Nebraska 4-H Month!
Are you looking for a new way to reach youth in your community? Nebraska 4-H has created an activity packet called Messing with the Message: The Effects of Drugs on Your Brain. The program will kick off during National Drug Fact Week and is designed as an introduction to the Health Rocks! Curriculum. The packet provides an excellent opportunity to promote 4-H programming during Nebraska 4-H Month.
While healthy decision making, drug prevention, and healthy living concepts are critical teaching topics throughout the year, Nebraska 4-H Month and NDFW are times to highlight the value of educating youth to make better choices. Through this hands-on project, youth will learn how the brain sends important messages, and how drugs prevent those messages from being sent and delivered correctly. Please use the resources in the Promotional Toolkit. For more information, contact Extension Educator Shane Potter.
The Health Rocks! Carnival App and Website
Check it out! The Health Rocks! Carnival app is now available! The app, developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and piloted by Nebraska youth, is available free through iTunes and as a desktop game. The interactive game allows youth to test their knowledge of drug and alcohol facts, and health through carnival-themed games. The overall health status of their player is determined by how many health points they obtain, which will either turn their player into a superhero or an unhealthy person.
The Health Rocks! Carnival app is the first app created for a national 4-H curriculum, which is an extension of the current Health Rocks! curriculum and program initiative.
Career Explorer by Nebraska 4-H
Career Explorer will help you connect the dots between choices you make every day and the opportunities you could have in the future. You will begin with a Luck of the Draw card and from there you will be in control, making ongoing decisions about your education and future career opportunities. At each stage of the game, you will be able to enter the workforce, get additional education, or explore training programs. You will have access to more than 450 careers with up-to-date salary information and summaries for each!