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  • Program PrioritiesSTEM

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Science, technology, engineering, and applied mathematics form the STEM program priority. Nebraska 4-H works to develop science interests, skills, and abilities in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental stewardship, and technology, of youth across the state. Through STEM programs, youth develop positive interests and attitudes about science and related careers, gain a base knowledge of science content and their projects, develop science skills and abilities, apply science to their 4-H projects, utilize science skills and abilities to solve everyday situations, teach others about science related to their projects, process information, analyze complex problems and make informed decisions regarding current agricultural, environmental, energy, and technology related issues, and seek out higher education opportunities and careers related to science.

Through STEM programs youth develop important life skills, including:

  • Decision-making
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Wise use of resources


Through 4-H programming, youth are engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Agricultural Literacy efforts that will enable them to lead those industries in the future. Signature program efforts designed to engage youth in STEM and agricultural literacy include 2017 solar eclipse trainings, various STEM programs, WearTec, and Animals Inside and Out. Together, these programs are making a significant impact on youth across the state.

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Solar Eclipse Trainings

Nebraska Extension and Raising Nebraska partnered with the Hastings Museum to offer solar eclipse trainings for teachers and youth professionals in advance of the total solar eclipse. Nearly 1,000 youth were reached and 71% reported that they learned new concepts about science through the eclipse materials.

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STEM Programs

Youth and educators engaged in single and multi-session programs across Nebraska which explored a wide variety of STEM content. Following participation in a program, 66% of youth participants are interested in pursuing a future career in the STEM field.

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More than 800 youth have been engaged in the Nebraska Wearables Technology (WearTec) project. 83% of youth participating in WearTec increase their knowledge of circuitry and programming.

WearTec Program

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Animals Inside & Out

68% of 600 youth engaged in the Animals Inside and Out program think a career in Animal Science would be interesting and 36% reported they would like to shadow an Animal Science professional.