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Studies show that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs enrich learning. Youth can learn STEM skills through interactive, experiential learning.

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Reports & journal articles

Citizen Science as a REAL Environment for Authentic Scientific Inquiry

Produced by Extension: Nathan Meyer, Siri Scott, Andrea Lorek Strauss, Pamela Nippolt, Karen Oberhauser, Robert Blair
Guiding principles and design strategies for the University of Minnesota Extension's Driven to Discover: Enabling Authentic Inquiry through Citizen Science project demonstrate how education and investigations grounded in real-world citizen science projects can capitalize on REAL environments to generate meaningful STEM learning. 2014.

Science of Agriculture Response: Integrating Science and Engineering Concepts into 4-H Youth Development

Produced by Extension: Joshua Rice
This poster presents the science of agriculture response (SOAR) program which will use an experiential learning approach that employs the skills gained from a 4-H project and requires students to demonstrate the acquisition of those concepts via a visual presentation. 2014.

4-H Science: Evaluating Across Sites to Critically Examine Training of Adult Facilitators

Produced by Extension: Pamela Larson Nippolt
As 4-H Youth Development focuses on developing and delivering high quality STEM learning experiences, the issues related to the preparation of the adults who facilitate learning with youth are important to address. This paper outlines a five-state pilot project funded by the 3M Foundation to test a model for training adult facilitators. (PDF) 2012.

Minnesota CYFAR Impact Report 2010

Produced by Extension: Minnesota CYFAR Project
CYFAR (Children, Youth, and Families At Risk) focuses on strengthening the ability of middle school-age youth to set and achieve short and long-term educational goals by using an innovative and organic afterschool program model that is highly experiential and offered more than 260 program hours on STEM and cultural enrichment to youth participants. (PDF) 2010.

Power of the Wind Pilot Project: A six-state partnership to engage youth with wind energy
Appendices B - I

Produced by Extension: Pam Larson Nippolt and Amy Grack Nelson
The process evaluation and related appendices from the Power of the Wind Pilot Project, a six state partnership to engage youth with wind energy. (PDF) 2010.
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