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4-H Stem in the Classroom

Girls working on science at school 4-H STEM Programs: 4-H utilizes research-based curriculum, compliant with Florida Sunshine/Common Core Standards, covering a wide range of topics. Our 2016/17 school programs include Environmental and Plant Sciences, Marine Biology and Aquatics, Embryology, Aeronautics and Space, and Robotics. These multi session programs are delivered during or after school by University of Florida faculty and staff.

STEM Educator Training: Annually 4-H offers a variety of STEM professional development programs for teachers and other educators. Schools, grade teams or individual educators may request personalized trainings ranging from brownbag lunch sessions to multi hour programs. Educators are also invited to attend our annual workshops.

Check out our science teaching resources below:

Science Inquiry Kits

Palm Beach County 4-H has various science discovery kits available for teachers or group leaders to check out. These science activities focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills, and relate to Florida and national standards. 4-H also provides training for teachers who wish to implement these kirs and activities into their curriculum. Please contact the 4-H office at 561-233-1731 for more information.
  • photos of students experimenting with 4H science kits Bee Buzzers
    Everyone is bussing about this fun science activity. Through the use of every day materials like craft sticks, erasers and rubber bands, learners will create a device, that when twirled in the air, buzzes like a bee. Youth can then experiment by making changes to their "bee buzzers" to discover how it works and how slight alterations can dramatically change the sound.
  • Stomp Rockets
    Exploring the science inquiry process by building rockets with different types of fins and observing how flight distance and pattern are affected.
  • Parachutes
    Exploring the science inquiry process by building different types of siimple parachutes and observing how flight distance and patern are affected.
  • Mars Curiosity Rover Engineering Design Challenge
    Students explore the STEM concepts of potential and kinetic energy, acceleration rue to gravity, air resistance (drag), Newton's laws, and the engineering design process through the development of a capsule that will safely land the science payload (a marshmallow representing the Curiosity rover) following a drop test.
  • Bug Catchers
    Students can explore entomology by creating a simple vacuum device. The bug Catcher" allows children discover insects, spiders and other creepy crawlies found just outside their classroom doors.



stages of a chick hatching from an eggEmbryology is a wonderful, hands-on way to learn about life cycles! Students will experience the development of chicks first hand by observing the growth inside the eggs and watching the chicks hatch. Objectives are understanding growth cycles, making observations and hypotheses, learning the basic needs for a chick, appreciation of living things, and a greater sense of responsibility.
Please contact Noelle Notarnicola (NNotarnicola@pbcgov.org) for scheduling embryology in your classroom.

4-H also provides a wealth of information and resources to supplement school like cycle curriculum and expand classroom concepts. Check out http://florida4h.org/embryology!


Marine Science

Students feeding stingrays at ocean institutePalm Beach County 4-H youth have a tremendous resource in Florida's natural environment. Through the Marine Science program, youth get to explore and enjoy the diverse and immense marine environment we have locally as well as discover new aspects of marine ecology they may have not known about before. Marine science in 4-H consists of a combination of components including marine ecology education, marine exploration and marine species identification. Additionally, Florida 4-H sponsors an annual Marine Ecology Event where youth compete with 4-H marine ecology clubs from around the state in marine identification (http://florida4h.org/programsandevents_/marine/). This is a great opportunity for students and school clubs to build their marine science knowledge, work as a team, compete against other schools, and meet new youth with a similar interested in marine sciene. More information regarding curriculum and marine science projects can be found here: http://florida4h.org/programs/Marine.pdf


School Gardens

4H school gardenSchool Gardens: 4-H provides garden development and curriculum support for youth gardens located at schools and community organizations. Faculty and staff assist with planning, development, revitalization and ongoing student engagement at your garden site. School garden partners are required to implement an ongoing 4-H club as part of the project.


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