Information for Educators
4-H STEM Volunteer Training
Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program is proud to offer an engaging, inquiry based, and fun STEM Volunteer Training program (PDF) designed specifically for those interested in working with youth (grades 1–8) in out of school environments. Participants choose a track and attend all three sessions. Tracks include: Exercise Science, Computer Science, LEGO Robotics, and Outdoor Spaces
4-H Science of Soil Educators Workshop
Educators (formal and non-formal) who work with youth in grades 6–8 are invited to attend a two-day interactive workshop on soil science and soil-related topics (552k PDF).
Design It! Afterschool Engineering Program
Enrollment is now open for this full-year program that includes six engineering projects. Each of the six projects lasts approximately one month, with youth meeting in their "Junior Engineer" club once a week for the duration of the program. Selected Design It! projects for 2015–16 include: Balls and Tracks, Gliders, Paper Bridges, Rubber Band-Powered Cars, Straw Rockets, and Trebuchets. Youth work in teams to design their project, test it, and make adjustments—repeating the process as they try to optimize their design.
Explore It! Afterschool Science Program
Enrollment is now open for this full-year program that includes six science projects. Each of the six projects lasts approximately one month, with youth meeting in their "Science Explorers" club once a week for the duration of the program. Selected Explore It! projects for 2015–16 include: Cake Chemistry, Heating a House and an Oven, Measuring Ourselves, Sinking and Floating, Siphon Systems, and Wiring a House. Youth work in teams to explore familiar phenomena using simple materials to foster science learning.
Invite 4-H Into Your Classroom
In most counties, 4-H staff members provide a variety of school enrichment programs to public and private schools. While the topics may vary from county to county, they often include science literacy, healthy living, character education, life skill development, and environmental science. These interactive school programs address New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards. Contact your county Rutgers Cooperative Extension office for more details about what is offered in your county.
4-H Afterschool and Summer Programs
4-H provides afterschool and summer programming throughout the state. Contact your county Rutgers Cooperative Extension office for more details about what is offered in your county.
Science-Saturdays at Rutgers!
Join us for our 4-H Rutgerscience Saturday programs focused on introducing middle and high school students to perspective science careers by university faculty and staff on the Rutgers University campuses. Students are provided experiments to take home and are invited to attend follow up sessions on the internet.
4-H has a variety of curriculum resources that engage young people in experiential learning. The New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System. This means we are able to tap into resources developed throughout the country. 4-H has a searchable directory of curriculum products to assist teachers, leaders, and volunteers in finding 4-H curriculum resources. You can search by topic area or keyword, then click on the links to the resources. Visit this directory often as 4-H continues to add new and useful resources to help you with your teaching efforts! Visit the National Directory of 4-H Materials.
Special Interest Programs and Trainings
4-H staff provide half-day, full-day, and multiple-session special interest programs and trainings on a variety of topics–-for youth, educators, community youth workers, and after-school staff. Check with your county 4-H office for the availability of programs and trainings.