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We have a lot of exciting opportunities for youth to get involved with science programs in 4-H!  

Engineering Challenge

The statewide South Carolina 4-H Engineering Challenge, presented by Enlighten SC, will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Midlands Technical College - Airport Campus.  Check out our webpage for more information on the SC 4-H Engineering Challenge!  

  • Registration will open in January 2018. Deadline to register is March 1, 2018. 
  • Registration link coming in January 2018.
  • April 14, 2018, at Midlands Tech - Airport Campus
  • Open to youth ages 9-19 years of age
  • Eight different challenges are available to choose from!!! 
    • GPS 
    • Rocketry
    • Bridge 
    • Robotics
    • Energy 
    • Mystery - the challenge will remain a mystery until the day of the event!
    • Solar 
    • Photography 

For science-related resources, check out our 4-H Science on the Move initiative, taking hands-on activities across the state.  Teachers and 4-H volunteers, you are going to want to take advantage this resource!!!

Science on the Move logo

The coordinator for 4-H Science on the Move is Mrs. Katie Burch (korishe@clemson.edu).  

National Youth Science Day

Do you love science and want to be a part of the world's largest youth-led science experiment?!  Participate in 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD)!  Experiment guides and tutorials for past experiments can be found on National 4-H Council's website

    • Incredible Wearables - 2017 - a fun way for kids to build wearable fitness trackers. 
    • Drone Discovery - 2016 - explores the science behind drones and how they are being used to solve real world problems
    • Motion Commotion - 2015 - learn about physics, speed, and safety
    • Rockets to the Rescue - 2014 - explore the field of aerospace engineering
    • Maps and Apps - 2013 - solve community problems and contribute data using GIS mapping
    • EcoBot Challenge - 2012 - think like a robotics engineer to clean up the environment
    • Wired for Wind - 2011 - explore how to engineer renewable energy technologies
    • 4-H2O - 2010 - demonstrate how carbon dioxide builds up in the atmosphere
    • Biofuel Blast - 2009 - understand the production of biofuel ethanol
    • Helpful Hydrogels - 2008 - explore water conservation with a superabsorbant hydrogel

Clemson University submitted a proposal for NYSD 2016 on the topic of Drones.  Although the proposal was not selected for the national challenge, we wanted to share it with you as an optional activity you could use with youth and can generate excitement about this year's NYSD Challenge!  Look for the official announcement about 2016 NYSD coming this summer. 

Hone your Drone - Clemson University's 2016 NYSD Proposal

  • Instructional Resources
  • Materials to make your own 'kit' (less than $20)
    • 10 feet of 1/2-inch PVC (cut to the following lengths) 
      • 4 pieces at 14 in. long
      • 2 pieces at 13.5 in. long
      • 4 pieces at 6.5 in. long
    • Four 1/2-inch PVC 90-degree elbows
    • Two 1/2-inch PVC slip couplings
    • 4 small eye-hook screws
    • Package of flexible straws
    • Kite string
    • printed Hone your Drone map
    • petri dish (or other small, shallow dish)
    • small amount of liquid laundry detergent
    • salt or sugar (or other granular substance)
  • Recommended accessories
    • Scissors
    • Index cards
    • Paper clips
    • Binder clips
    • Permanent marker
    • Tape 
    • Yard stick 

South Carolina 4-H Science Program Leader:

T. Ashley Burns, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Clemson University Cooperative Extension
2057 Barre Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
taberp@clemson.edu