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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.

COVID-19 -SET Challenges

VIRTUAL STEM 2020 Virtual STEM Supply List - Cookie Excavation Grid

Objectives of MA 4-H SET

  1. To increase “SET Abilities” and life skills through positive interactions with others.
  2. To teach scientific principles to young people.
  3. To offer options in SET programs available to 4-H members and leaders.
  4. 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.
  • Beome a Computer Science Teen Leader.

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


  • Green Genes 
    A multi-media curriculum, Green Genes: a DNA Curriculum, designed for the non-scientist adult working in out-of-school settings.

  • Robotics & NEW Computer Science Initiative 
    The 4-H Robotics Curriculum is designed to meet the diverse requirements of 4-H clubs and short-term 4-H IMPACT programs in partnership with libraries and after-school programs.
    NEW Computer Science Initiative made possible with the support of Google.  Along with devices we have training material, curriculum and CS pathway.

  • Telling Your Story with Technology:Movie Making, Storymaps and more
    The 4-H Filmmaking project allows youth to express themselves while developing other life skills such as communication, problem solving, critical thinking, planning and organizing.

Workshop Handouts

Fun places on the Internet

Take a virtual trip complete with campfire songs.

  • ?Who Dunnit?
    Learn to do fun forensic activities.
  • 2-D Animation program
  • Scratch is available free of charge from MIT.
  • 3-D Animation program
    Alice is freely available as a public service by Carnegie Mellon University.
  • NASA Space Place
    Check this site out to learn more about astronomy or to test your knowledge.
  • Observing with NASA
    Kids Capture their Universe an astrophotography program that includes online telescope, imaging software and more.
  • WGBH Meet the Greens
    WGBH has a new program to engage youth in environmental education. Check them out here.

Get involved in Citizens Science:

  • Sunflower Project – You can sign up and learn about the importance of bees in pollination, watch your sunflowers grow and be part of a real life scientific study.
  • Urban Birds Project - Learn about urban birds while helping participate in Cornell’s ornithology project.
  • Lost Lady Bugs - A team of Cornell scientists is asking children for their help. They need them anywhere and everywhere in the country to start looking for ladybugs: "Find 'em, photograph 'em and send 'em."
  • 4-H Million Trees Project - 4-H youth across the nation can participate. To learn more or to get involved, go to this site. You can also check the map on the participant’s page to see  virtual push pins for each club involved.

Hands-On Science Websites/Curriculum:

MA 4-H "Nanotechnology" Science Experiment

The Massachusetts 4-H Program held a contest in April for UMass Amherst students to submit a proposal for a science experiment and the winner was Yitzi Calm and his work on Nanotechnology with the STEM Ed program.

The link below points to a video (.swf format needs flash player), which explains the step by step details of the experiment, and gives a simple explanation of the physics involved via 2-D, 3-D, and live video:

Contact your local Educator for more information about borrowing:

  • SET Curriculum
  • GPS Unit’s
  • Rocket Launcher
  • Alternative Energy Kit
  • Lego Mindstorm Robotics
  • And More!