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4-H Science

National Youth Science Day (NYSD)

4-H is dedicated to providing the hands-on experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to give kids the life skills they need to succeed today and the career readiness to succeed tomorrow. Programs like 4-H NYSD offer youth an opportunity to learn about science in a fun way and spark their interest in all areas of Science Engineering and Technology.  4-H National Youth Science Day started in 2008 and is a day dedicated to engaging kids with science through a hands-on science experiment and held annually on the Wednesday of National 4-H Week in October.

2017 National 4-H Youth Science Day Experiment- Incredible Wearables

NYSD Incredible Wearables   On October 4, 2017 this year’s 10th NYSD experiment kicks off!  This year’s challenge, Incredible Wearables, gives young people the opportunity to use the engineering design process to build a wearable fitness tracker that will help people lead healthier lifestyles. Along the way, young people will learn how circuits, sensors and health data can be blended with fashion to create a viable wearable tech product.
The Incredible Wearables challenge is designed to take approximately two hours and is appropriate for students from grade 4 to grade 12. Additional activities provide suggestions to extend learning about wearable devices and their real-world applications beyond health.  For additional resources related to Incredible Wearables, visit:

This year, National 4-H Council is leading an effort to set an official Guinness World Record for participation in 4-H NYSD. This record could be a great way to generate local media attention.  However, the record will only officially include verified events that occur on October 4th, 2017. If you’d like to be part of this effort, check the 4-H NYSD website ( for instructions on verifying your event. This process will be determined by Guinness World Records and is separate from event registration. Instructions for verification will be added to the website as soon as they are available.

Locally we will be counting down to this year's 10th NYSD event by a looking back over each past NYSD experiment starting on Wednesday August 2nd.

A look back over the last 9 years!

  • 2008 – Helpful Hydrogels
  • 2009 - Biofuel Blast
  • 2010 - 4-H2O
  • 2011 - Wired for Wind
  • 2012 – Ecobot Challenge
  • 2013 – Maps & Apps (GIS)
  • 2014 – Rockets to the Rescue
  • 2015 – Motion Commotion (Physics and Distractive Driving)
  • 2016 –Drone Discovery

To order your 2017 Incredible Wearables kit visit www.4-hmall.nysd or contact your local 4-H Educator to borrow the 2017 kit or any of the other kits from the last 9 years.