Nebraska 4-H

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

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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


4-H programs in this area are focused on developing STEM and interests, skills and abilities young people and preparing them to fill the pipeline of STEM careers. Agriculture continues to be a primary focus of our program and we’re engaging the next generation of agricultural leaders and advocates. As we play our part in raising the next generation of Nebraskan’s, it is imperative that we prepare young with the STEM skills and abilities and a practical knowledge of the agricultural industry that will enable them to be informed decision-makers, consumers and advocates. Further we are working to foster an interest in these industries that will lead young people to pursue careers that fill the STEM and Agriculture pipelines and strengthen the state’s economy. Feature programs delivered by 4-H Educators and Assistants include:

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STEM Programs

More than 3,000 youth were engaged in programming to inspire young people to pursue studies and careers in STEM. Youth programs explored topics such as 3D printing, acoustical engineering, animal science, environmental science, plant science, and wearable technology. As a result of programming, 87% of youth participants learned something new about science and/or engineering, and 78% of youth participants would like to have a career in the science and/or engineering field.

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Science Education Professional Development

Nebraska Extension partnered with the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science to host two special pop-up conferences for 38 Nebraska science teachers. Participants explored how to implement the new Nebraska Science Standards and strengthened their partnership with Nebraska Extension. As a result of the program, 100% of teachers who attended the conference have the skills needed to facilitate STEM lessons with youth, and they feel confident in their ability to link careers to STEM areas.