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Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

Youth in Minnesota's 4-H STEM programs create pathways to solution-driven college and careers. Watch our video, building the next generation of science leaders.

STEM learning is a high priority for us, and is one of National 4-H's mission mandates. We aim to provide experiences for 4-H'ers that will increase their interest in science, their science knowledge and their interest in working in a STEM career.

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STEM projects

Discover the scientist or engineer within you through hands-on activities in rocketry, robotics, biofuels, renewable energy, wild life, computer science and more while building your skills to form the foundation of a future career.

Science of Agriculture

Develop science-based responses to agriculture-related issues identified in your communities.

Engineering design

Engineering design projects extend a design challenge to build a simple model of a familiar technology and improve its performance. In recent challenges teams of 4-H members have built Rube Goldberg contraptions to zip up a zipper and put toothpaste on a toothbrush.

Aquatic robotics

Learn and use STEM skills to design and build your own remote-operated vehicle, then adapt it to monitor the water quality of Minnesota's rivers, lakes and streams.


Learn about building and maintaining computers, software and the internet.


Learn about equipment, lighting and flash techniques, photo composition, and evaluating photographs.

Shop: wood & metal

Learn techniques and skills to use routers, joiners, table saws, tape measures, drills and more.

Power of the Wind

Explore wind as an energy source as you design, build, and test wind-powered devices!

Wildlife biology

Learn about wildlife populations and habitats, and how to become a good steward of the land.

Water & wetlands

Learn about ecosystems, water quality and the lives that depend on the state's wetlands - including our own.


Study lakes, aquifers, caves, streams, iron deposits, rocks, and fossils.

Crop science

Learn about Minnesota crops, soil fertility, weed and insect pests, food storage and business.

Animal science

Love animals? Learn about selecting, feeding, managing, caring for, judging, training and showing animals.


Use science, math, engineering and technology to design, build and program a robot.


Learn about the science of flight. Build a rocket, airplane or hot air balloon.


Learn about video production and filmmaking, including composition, camera and lighting techniques, and editing.


Build circuits and test voltages. Learn about wiring, lighting, and safety issues.


Learn about maintenance, restoration and operation, fuels, hydraulic and electrical systems, and safety.

Small engines

Learn about building and maintenance, tools, rules and regulations, safety issues, and careers.


Learn how to choose a bike, bike maintenance and repair, and road rules to make riding safe and fun.

Plant & soil science

Learn about ecosystems, water quality and the lives that depend on the state's wetlands - including our own.


Learn about ecosystems, water quality and the lives that depend on the state's wetlands - including our own.


4-H Cloverbuds explore and learn about the world in a non-competitive environment by doing fun activities with the guidance of parents or other adult helpers.


If you find that no single project is quite right for you, you can develop your own project. Be your own researcher, scientist, artist, communicator, and evaluator. Ask your local 4-H leader or Extension staff for resources to help create your own project area.

State & regional events

4-H Online Adventures

Like all 4-H activities, online adventures are driven by young people’s passion for learning. They may be one week, one month or longer in duration. Typically, youth respond to one video challenge per week with a video recording of their response.

Engineer It!

Youth leaders and 4-H volunteers guide participants through a fun-filled session of hands-on challenges that engage potential and current 4-H members in STEM learning. You might be inspired to form a 4-H Engineering club

4-H National Youth Science Day

Each year millions of young people become scientists for the day during 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD). This event, which takes place in urban, suburban and rural communities all across the nation, seeks to spark an early youth interest and leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers in an effort keep America competitive in those fields.

Project leader resources

Many everyday mysteries (like answering "Who took my book?") can be solved by using the eight science and engineering practices. Kris Klover uses science and engineering practices to solve the mystery of who took his book. Watch the video.

Science Discovery Series 1

(40 pages) (Find this in the 4-H Mall)

Science Discovery Series 2

(40 pages) (Find this in the 4-H Mall)

Teachers Try Science

STEM lessons and resources for educators

Research about STEM education

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