Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Nationwide and in Idaho, there is a growing demand for employees with skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). UI Extension 4-H Youth Development is helping to meet that demand through programs focused in these areas.
STEM is a cornerstone of 4-H and includes programs in agriculture, natural and biological sciences, technology and engineering. These activities cover topics that are exciting to youth and relevant to our economy, including water quality, animal health, robotics and drones, coding, electronics, 3-D printing and physical computing.
4-H Makes A Difference
4-H keeps young people interested in STEM. 13,000 youth enroll in STEM projects, a number that grows year by year. Projects in one county alone went from 80 STEM projects to 800 STEM projects in the past year. To ensure young people across the state have access to STEM programs, UI Extension will continue to create new partnerships, train new volunteers and design new materials.
4-H programs complement family and formal education. 4-H reaches over 70,000 youth each year in all 44 Idaho counties and is a success in helping build the future of Idaho. In 2014, the go-on rate for 4-H'ers was over 60 percent: by three years past high school graduation, 4-H alumni enrolled in a post high school educational program (college, university or workforce training program) at a rate of 63.7 percent.
STEM Education Up Close
Idaho youth attend NASA Solar Eclipse Camp
Developing STEM Education
UI Extension hopes to increase access to STEM programs