4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology Initiative
The California 4-H Program, housed at the University of California in the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), has responded to the National 4-H Science Mission Mandate by launching a statewide 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Initiative. These efforts aim to develop new and strengthen existing programmatic opportunities for California 4-H that align closely with the new UC ANR Strategic Vision 2025 that emphasizes the need for improved science literacy in natural resources, agriculture, and nutrition.
The learning goals of the California 4-H SET Initiative are to improve 4-H members’ understanding of science and help address the critical need for more scientists and engineers in the workforce. The expected outcomes of the initiative are to help youth improve their knowledge and skills around science, engineering, and technology; connect learning with real-world situations where youth can adopt and use new science methods or improved technology to solve problems; and, in the long term, increase the number and diversity of youth pursuing higher education and careers in science, engineering, and technology fields.
Goals of the California 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology Initiative
Goal #1: Improve youth science literacy in, and attitudes for, agriculture, natural resources, and nutrition through educational programming that use:
- High quality curricula identified and developed based on UC ANR initiatives and supporting National Science Education Standards and California Science Content Standards
- Staff, volunteer, teen, and other educators prepared using research-based professional development strategies
- Strategies designed to meet the needs of youth audiences
- Partners to strengthen programming
Goal #2: Advance the research-base of youth nonformal science education through:
- Developing and implementing new 4-H SET programs
- Evaluating existing and new 4-H SET programming
- Conducting new applied research
- Sharing outcomes
Goal #3: Support the first two goals through effective resource development.
4-H SET Programs and Activities Checklist
Experiential Learning Cycle
Inquiry Learning using Effective Questioning
Science, Engineering, and Technology Abilities (Processes)
4-H SET Abilities
Full Report: SET in the Context of 4-H Youth Development
Positive Youth Development Context
Positive Youth Development Connection to 4-H SET
Resources: Positive Youth Development
Mentoring and Partnering with youthLearning experiences are led by trained, caring adult staff and volunteers acting as mentors, coaches, facilitators and co-learners who operate from a perspective that youth as partners and resources in their own development.
Extended Learning OpportunitiesProjects offer long-term experiences to significantly increase youth knowledge, skills and attitudes. Experiences are designed for extended frequency and duration that serve to build learning over time.
National Science Education Standards
Resources: National Science Education Standards.
National Science Education Standards Connection to 4-H SET
4-H SET Leadership Team
Dr Shannon J Dogan
Title: Associate Director of 4-H Program and Policy
Specialty: Adolescent Development, Positive Youth Development, Community-Based Programming, Evaluation
Unit: Youth, Families & Communities
Phone: (530) 754-8518
Title: County Director San Benito County & 4-H Youth Development Advisor
Specialty: Science and Technology
County: San Benito County
Phone: 831-637-5346 x 12
Martin H Smith
Title: Associate CE Specialist, Youth Curriculum Development
Specialty: Science Education; Program and Curriculum Development.
Unit: Veterinary Medicine Extension
Phone: (530) 752-6894
Title: 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology Coordinator
Specialty: Out-of-school time/informal learning; science, engineering and technology education; community development
Unit: Youth, Families & Communities
Phone: (530) 754-8519