4-H National Youth Science Day at WEMS

2019 4-H National Youth Science Day inspires kids to be “Game Changers” in three-part coding experience
Posted on 11/04/2019
WEMS Science Day

Wallace, South Carolina, October 28-31, 2019 ---Kids and teens in Marlboro County joined more than 150,000 children across the country in leading the 12th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge throughout the month of October. This year’s challenge, Game Changers, taught young people coding skills through three engaging hands-on activities.

South Carolina State University (SCSU) 1890 Extension’s Pee Dee Region in partnership with Wallace Elementary Middle School’s (WEMS) Afterschool Program held a 4-H NYSD event featuring the Game Changers challenge on October 28-31, 2019, located in Wallace, SC.

Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, this hands-on experience included a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform, as well as two unplugged activities that brought coding to life through games, physical activities and puzzles. 

Grades 3-4 learned about automation, optimal efficiency, and programming, through the Hack Your Harvest Challenge, and learned how to develop and invent playground games through concepts like pattern recognition and abstraction, in the Program Your Playground Challenge.

Grades 5-8 learned online activities that allowed them to create an animation advocating for a cause or issue they care about using CS First and Scratch.

4-H NYSD is an annual program that provides access and opportunity for kids everywhere to take an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by participating in a hands-on STEM challenge.  In addition to the event in Marlboro County, kids conducted the challenge at thousands of local events in all 50 states, and in countries around the world, throughout October.

All kids everywhere are invited to participate in 4-H NYSD. Additional information can be found at 4-H.org/NYSD, including information on how to register and get involved. Game Changers kits are available for sale at 4-HMall.org/nysd. Each kit came equipped with all the materials necessary for the youth to complete the experience, including instruction booklets for both youth and adult facilitators.

4-H NYSD 2018 was developed in collaboration with Google, with support from our national partners —Donaldson Filtration Solutions, HughesNet, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force.

For more information on this event and services offered by SCSU 1890 Extension’s Pee Dee Region, please contact the Office at 843.456.5174.


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