The 4-H STEM Challenge is an annual initiative to inspire youth everywhere to take an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on learning. For the past 14 years, 4-H has developed fun, accessible challenges that show youth how STEM skills can be applied to the work around them. Every year thousands of youth across the country take part in the challenge. Each year, National 4-H Council offers a new challenge for youth to complete.

4-H STEM Challenge events may be hosted locally by county Extension offices, afterschool programs, school enrichment programs, and camps. In fact, any educator is welcome to facilitate the challenge activity with their students. Kits are available for purchase which include all the materials and instructions educators need to facilitate the challenge. 

4-H STEM Challenge 2021 Galactic Quest

This year's 4-H STEM Challenge, Galactic Quest, focuses on the mysteries and adventures of space exploration. Through the challenge, youth learn foundational STEM skills while they wrestle with the same questions as today's top aerospace scientists and engineers! The four activities can be done separately or all together, making it great for classrooms, afterschool programs, clubs, parents, and more!

Astro Adventure is a board game that promotes teamwork as youth gather resources needed to live and work in deep space.

Stellar Optics helps kids build a telescope and learn about physics and light and how telescopes have been used to explore space.

Cosmic Claw lets young people work hands-on to engineer and construct a mechanical arm that works to harvest crops in space.

Cyber Satellite is an unplugged computer science activity where youth learn about cyber security and decoding to stay safe from obstacles in orbit.

Galactic Quest explores the history of humans in space, the technology and resources needed for missions, and the obstacles humans encounter in orbit. Activities explore important STEM topics ranging from physics and engineering to computer science and space agriculture.

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