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Computers & Programming Project

Explore the impact of computers on society, upgrade a computer, build a website or write software. Identify computer components, operating systems, and the building, maintenance and repair of computers. Choose to focus on hardware, software or the Internet. You don't need to own a computer to participate.



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Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info.

Project resources

Learning goals:

Appropriate for learners in grades 6-8. Learn about five fundamental concepts of computer programming: sequence, iteration, conditionals, variables and modularization. Develop a foundation for exploring and creating using Scratch. Each youth in a group should have his/her own guidebook while working with a volunteer facilitator.

Other online resources

Project leader resources

  • Discovering Computer Science & Programming through Scratch, Facilitator Guide (Find this in the 4-H Mall)
  • Discover 4-H Clubs - Free curriculum from Utah State 4-H on different topics including computer code for beginner (Discover 4-H Code Clubs), intermediate (Discover 4-H Scratch Code Clubs) and advanced (Discover 4-H Python Code Clubs) coders. Registration (is safe and) required for download access.
  • Computer Technology Medal (Find this in the 4-H Mall)
  • 4-H Today blog: computer science education learning resources for 4-H professionals

Record keeping & evaluation


To get involved with the 4-H Computers project, contact your county 4-H office.

Mark Haugen,, 320-200-9444

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