4-H Academy @ Purdue

June 12-14, 2024

4-H Academy @ Purdue is a program held at Purdue University specifically designed to offer hands-on, exciting opportunities to learn about a diverse selection of subjects and careers. During this conference previously known as 4-H Science Workshops, participants will meet and learn from professors, graduate students and other experts in their respective fields and participate in interactive activities and experiential learning. Participants stay in a Purdue University Residence Hall for two nights while exploring the Purdue University campus and meeting 4-H members from across Indiana. 4-H Academy @ Purdue is open to all youth grades 9-12. 

Registration opens March 15! Contact your local Extension office for registration assistance.


General Information


Below is a list of all the workshops offered as a part of 4-H Academy @ Purdue. Click on each workshop title below to learn more.

2024 Workshops

Microbes are all around you – in the water you drink, on your cell phone, and floating through the air. While some of these are deadly pathogens, most of these microbes are harmless and can even be beneficial. In this workshop, participants will learn to count, characterize, and control these microbes. Controlling microbes is vital for many fields, including biological engineering, pharmaceuticals, food safety, environmental sciences, and medicine.

Are you interested in a career in veterinary medicine? Come discover what it takes to work in the animal health field. Youth will have a hands-on learning experience that helps them learn more about the Veterinary Science profession, and opportunities for careers in animal health. Topics included in the workshop include general health care, physiology, anatomy and careers. Youth will have the opportunity to work alongside Purdue Veterinarians and staff through various clinical activities. 

This workshop will allow you to participate in a poverty simulation to learn about real issues faced by a person living in poverty. You will connect with statewide service organizations whose mission is to assist others. You will leave with an action plan that will allow you to make a positive change in your community, because community change starts with you!

View resources from the 2020 workshop here.

Tracer FIRE teaches students to investigate multiple advanced persistent threat (APT) adversaries in a simulated incident response scenario. Learn cyber forensic techniques to discover:

  • Who’s the adversary?
  • How’d they get in?
  • What did they want; did they succeed?
  • How to prevent recurring incidents?

The Cyber Security workshop will consist of fun hands-on training followed by a skills challenge.

More info:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ppotM9d1yA

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Explore how digital technologies and data sciences are being leveraged to make agriculture more efficient, productive, and sustainable through the Digital Agriculture workshop. Learn more about the applications of robotics, sensors, and programming in agriculture through hands-on activities and tours. This workshop will also explore the variety of science, technology, and engineering disciplines that collaborate to develop digital agriculture solutions. 

Have you ever wondered how raw agricultural crops can be turned into a processed food product? Join the Department of Food Science at Indiana 4H Academy to explore fermentation by making your own fermented food product and participate in a sensory evaluation of the food. You’ll even get to take home the final product! Participants will also explore food safety, chemistry, food processing, and more through exciting, hands-on activities. We can’t wait to see you there!


The Intro to EMS workshop is focused on careers in the Emergency Medical Services field. This workshop provides participants with hands-on learning opportunities to practice the skills associated with careers as First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, and Fire Fighters.

Students become CPR certified and learn through hands-on activities: scene size‐up, patient assessment, rescue techniques, scene preservation, radio procedures and tours of fire stations, emergency helicopters and Mobile Simulation Ambulances.

This program will have 3 parts:

Food Fraud: The Food Fraud online module will help you learn about data, evidence, and scientific reasoning so you will be ready to work in the entomology and wildlife forensic labs on campus during 4-H Academy. Wildlife Forensics: During this module, students will learn about the field of wildlife forensics including a brief introduction of the discipline and examples of different types of crime against wildlife. Hands-on activities will include labs on how to collect evidence (hairs, prints) and use it to solve crimes. Forensic Entomology: Insects in Investigations: In this workshop, students will learn about the application of insect evidence in criminal investigations.  The workshop will have a mixture of lecture, hands-on insect collection, experimental design and data collection to discuss insect behavior and development, and the use of insect evidence in investigations. Please note that there will be online modules you will be asked to complete before the workshop, and more information will be sent out once you register. Also, this workshop is fully funded for participants!

Learn about fisheries, forestry and wildlife science through hands‐on activities like wildlife radio telemetry, darting, aquatic sampling, mist-netting and more. Topics may vary annually based on instructor availability. Participants will also learn about the many natural resources career opportunities. ​

Calling all plant whisperers and yard-design dreamers! Dig into this workshop, where science meets creativity and dirt turns into epic adventures. Unleash your inner green thumb with seed-sational experiments, floral arranging feats, friendly turf wars, and design challenges that will make your garden the envy of the block! Sign up today and watch your love for all things plants bloom! 

Learn the essentials of financial management from the best network of financial professionals in the state. Experience a full day of Where Does Your Money Go® adventures at vendor locations in Lafayette. Come away with new tools to make your financial goals become a reality! 

The Science of Flight Workshop will help youth learn more about aviation and the science and opportunities that surround it. During the workshop, they will build model rockets and planes, explore aviation facilities, and study aerodynamics to learn about the principles of flight as well as be exposed to career opportunities in aviation and aerospace.