Every child a scientist
Young scientists explore soil in the 4-H On the Wild Side.
What Has ANR Done?The National Science Education Standards (NSES) state clearly that students learn science best through hands-on and minds-on activities that encourage skills such as observation, inferring and experimenting. 4-H in Sacramento County serves a diverse, mostly lower-income audience with three such science programs:
- 4-H Youth Experiences in Science Project (YES), which engages children ages 5 to 8 in exploration and encourages scientific tasks like observing, comparing and organizing.
- 4-H On the Wild Side, a teen-planned and led environmental education project that brings forth- through sixth-graders to an overnight camp to learn about and appreciate nature.
- 4-H Water Wizards, a 12-session water project for fourth- through sixth-grade students in after school programs, which balances the need for critical information about water with discovery through exploration.
4-H helps close the science gapIn the last three years, almost 2,400 youth participated in Sacramento County’s 4-H science literacy projects, 79 percent of whom were non-white. Children show significant gains in knowledge and great enthusiasm for science. The projects provide engaging science experiences for youth, enhance after-school program quality, and build confidence and competency in after-school staff for teaching science.
Supporting Unit:Sacramento County
Marianne Bird, (916) 875-6423, firstname.lastname@example.org