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Engage Cloverbuds in hands-on science with this new curriculum

A new 4-H Cloverbud science curriculum is now available for volunteers to use with our youngest scientists!

Be A 4-H Scientist! Materials in a Green, Clean World was developed by 4-H staff in Minnesota, New York and California and is available via a free download at www.4hpolymers.org.

This inquiry-based science curriculum focuses on the following concepts:

  • Materials and their properties
  • Plastics
  • The four R’s: Reduce, reuse, refuse, recycle
  • Caring for the earth
  • The work of scientists and engineers

The curriculum is designed to build these foundational skills in science and engineering:

  • Observation
  • Asking questions
  • Sorting and classifying
  • Communicating

The curriculum contains six learning modules offering eight hours of hands-on learning (plus ideas to extend the learning if desired). It uses children’s literature and experiential activities to engage children in both science and engineering. It is intended for use in 4-H club groups, homeschool settings, camps, or any out-of-school time learning opportunity, and facilitated by adult or teen volunteers or program staff. Modules also include a “Science At Home” activity page, for the child and parents/other adults to work on together.

Learn more.

Anyone may download the curriculum. You can find Module 1 at www.4hpolymers.org. You will be asked to share contact information to download the full curriculum; contacts are used for tracking purposes.

Training for volunteers, youth leaders, camp counselors, teachers or other community partners will be offered around the state in 2019, based on interest. Kits of materials will be available to support you in using the activities! If you would be interested in participating in hands-on training on the curriculum, please share your interest using this online form or contact your county 4-H program coordinator.

4-H partners with the University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Polymers in this project funded by the National Science Foundation. Anne Stevenson, Extension educator and member of the state 4-H STEM team, leads the project.

Want to test out our curriculum for Gr. 3-5 or Gr. 6-8?

Curriculum for two more levels are in development and ready for pilot testing! If you are interested in being a pilot site for a small group of youth in Jan. - Feb., 2019, please contact Anne Stevenson at steve020@umn.edu or 763-767-3883 for more information.

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