The WVU Extension Service 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program endeavors to create programming that fosters an appreciation for science, engineering, and technology in West Virginia youth and equip them with the skills they need to compete in the 21st century.
This is promoted through community STEM events, University service projects, volunteer leader training, teaching activities and a variety of STEM curriculum.
Statewide experiential learning in STEM includes a broad array of disciplines including forensics, chemistry, astronomy, robotics, mechanical and electrical engineering, water quality, and agriculture.
WVU Extension Service’s 4-H program reaches 1 in 4 state youth each year in a variety of event settings including summer camping programs, club meetings, in school and after school activities. This allows WVU to bring hands-on science experiences to children in rural communities and to a statewide youth audience of more than 77,000 children.
Some of the programs supported through the WVU 4-H STEM Program include:
- 4-H First Lego League Robotics competitions,
- the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment,
- the West Virginia State Science Bowl,
- the STEM Ambassador program,
- and the annual summer science camp experiment.
For more information on STEM programming, contact Jen Robertson-Honecker, WVU Extension Service STEM specialist.