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The 4-H Youth Development Program—with its direct connection to the research and resources of the Cooperative Extension System’s 106 land-grant universities and colleges— is positioned to strengthen US global competitiveness and leadership in science, engineering and technology.

Objectives of MA 4-H SET

  1. The objectives of the Massachusetts 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Program are:
  2. To increase “SET Abilities” and life skills through positive interactions with others.
  3. To teach scientific principles to young people.
  4. To offer options in SET programs available to 4-H members and leaders.
  5. To inform youth about educational opportunities in Science, Engineering and Technology at the University of Massachusetts.

Opportunities in MA 4-H SET

There are many ways to get involved with 4-H SET!

  • Join a 4-H SET club – this could be in the area of equine science, robotics, veterinary science, rocketry, or gardening just to name a few. MA 4-H has curricula and in some cases additional resources to support these project areas.
  • Start a new 4-H group in a SET project area - its easy, your local 4-H Educator can assist you.
  • Add some SET activities to your 4-H club meetings, even if this is not your major project area. There are many 4-H SET curricula available on a loan basis from your local 4-H office. These curricula have instructions that are easy to follow for FUN, hands-on activities!
  • 4-H members and volunteers have the opportunity to participate in SET workshops in their county or region; these usually happen in the winter.
  • 4-H members can participate in the annual Summer of Science and other state and New England regional 4-H SET programs and conferences.
  • 4-H teens and volunteers can join the MA 4-H SET Committee and work with 4-H staff to plan SET programs.

Other Opportunities:

4-H Seeking Youth Members Working on Science, Engineering & Technology Projects

Are you a 4-H'er working on projects in environmental science, robotics, rocketry, GIS/GPS systems, animal science and more? National 4-H Council is looking for 4-H members to feature in an upcoming promotion. Take a moment to fill out a short 10-minute survey! Click here to access the survey.

Are you a 4-H Alumni? We'd love to hear from you too! Click here to access the 4-H Alumni survey.

If you have trouble or questions, email

SET Challenges- Show us how you “Make”

  • 3-D Design
  • Virtual 4-H Fair in Minecraft –(geodesign)
  • Your maker projects from the fair
  • Mapping project
  • Robotics projects
  • Other cool SET project or invention…
  • Several potential Maker Fair Projects.

Send a picture or short video of your project along with a description and contact information to