4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is the world's largest youth-led science experiment. Every year thousands of youth across the country take part in the event. NYSD provides access and opportunity for kids to learn about STEM topics by participating in a hands-on STEM challenge. Each year, National 4-H Council offers a new challenge for youth to complete.
NYSD events may be hosted locally by county Extension offices, afterschool programs, school enrichment programs, or even camps. In fact, any educator is welcome to facilitate the NYSD activity with their students. Kits are available for purchase which include all the materials and instructions educators need to facilitate the challenge.
This October, 4-H will launch the 2019 National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge, Game Changers, Designed by Google and West Virginia Extension services, Game Changers teaches kids ages 8-14 how to use computer science (CS) to create games, solve problems, and engage with topics they're passionate about.
Game Changers uses physical activity and puzzles to teach kids important CS concepts and problem-solving skills, creating real-world connections between computer science and civic engagement, healthy living, and agriculture. Although the challenge includes one computer-based and two unplugged activities to help kids learn CS, all can be completed without internet access.
New to NYSD? Game Changers is easier than ever to facilitate and teachers and facilitators don't need any prior experience with computer science or coding to bring the activities to their students. Game Changers is facilitated with an accompanying kit that includes materials for one computer-based and two offline activities. The kit includes clear instructions for facilitators and offers both low and no-tech options for events without internet access. NYSD kids will go on sale in July. Visit the National 4-H NYSD website to order your own kit!