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4h computer science pathway

With technology playing an increasingly important role in the way we live and work., 4‑H and Google are working together for a first-of-its-kind computer science (CS) collaboration that will teach kids both technical skills like coding, and essential skills students will need in the future like, teamwork , problem solving and resilience utilized plugged and unplugged activities. In 2017 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that in just three years there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs, and only 400,000 qualified job candidates.

With Google’s support, 4‑H is equipping community educators with curriculum, training, devices and the support of Google CS experts. As with most 4‑H programs, the effort will feature teen-led, peer-to-peer mentoring.   “In 2019 our CS Teen team from Upton MA won one of the National awards for their 2018 efforts with National Youth Science Day “Game Changers” winning $1,000 in which they donated $500 to a local charity during Covid-19.” Kim Pond

NEW Computer Science Initiative made possible with the support of Google.  4-H kids posing at a Google logo

  • Devices such as Chrome Books, Virtual Reality, Arduino and Makey Makey
  • CS Teens - find out if there is a team in your area
  • IMPACT program on Computational Thinking:  Help bridge the gap with hands on activities that are "unplugged" (do not need technology) to get youth thinking about coding.  (Optional plugged activities to bring in.)
  • 2018 & 2019 NYSD Kits available statewide
  • Workshop at Winter Forums
  • Tracks at Explore UMass
  • Training available for facilitators.  (Face to face and some virtual availability.)
  • Scratch Educator Resources from MIT can help expose youth the programming aspect of robotics.
  • NEW 4-H Computer Science Curriculum available at www.4-hmall.org 

For information on our October 2019 CS Google Grant visit https://dev.cns.umass.edu/mass4h/news/google-cs-partnership

goIT App Inventor Training
Explore UMass Girls Coding
Over the shoulder shot of scratch
CS Teens Teaching Scratch
CS pathway flyer

For further information, please contact:

Kim Pond
4-H Educator, 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Program Manager
120 Stafford St.
Suite 201
Worcester, MA 01603
Phone: 508-831-1223 Ext. 114
kima@umext.umass.edu