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.

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.


Are you interested in livestock production? Think you might be interested in a career working with food animals? Through the Food Animal workshop youth will have the hands on opportunity to learn about various aspect of livestock management. This workshop is for youth interested in animal nutrition, animal reproduction, genetic selection and more. Youth will also get the opportunity to learn about meat processing and how to pick the ideal meat cuts. All youth in grades 9-12 are eligible to attend.

If horses, dogs, cats, llamas and zoo animals are of interest to you then the Horse and Companion Animal track is for you! Youth will learn about daily management, nutrition, genetics and more through the hands on workshop. All youth in grades 9-12 are eligible to attend. 

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. All youth in grades 9-12 are eligible to attend

If you enjoy exploring DNA , genetics and have a passion for animals, then the Animal Bio-Science workshop is for you!  Youth participants will explore the broad scope of biological science through real-life scenarios and educational opportunities. Through this workshop youth will have the opportunity to do hands on activities in the laboratory.  All youth in grades 9-12 are eligible to attend.

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The Exploring Health Careers workshop at 4-H Academy is focused on a variety of health careers. This workshop provides high school students with a chance to learn about various careers in the health field including nursing, speech pathology, medical laboratory science, and more. Students will also become CPR certified. If you are interested in a career in the medical field but Karen’t sure which career path to choose, this workshop is for you!

Are you interested in foods, science and being part of an exciting and rapidly expanding industry? But not quite sure where you fit in? Then the Food Science and Nutrition Workshop is where you should be. You will have an opportunity to: get acquainted with faculty members, university departments and the Purdue campus; have fun participating ​in leisure activities and meeting new friends; share what you learned about food science and nutrition with other youth. This is open to 4-H members in grades 9 to 12. Enrollment is restricted to the first 50 applicants. Scholarships available for minority applicants.


The Intro to EMS workshop is focused on careers in the Emergency Medical Services field. This workshop provides high school students with hands-on learning opportunities to learn 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.

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. Students will also learn about the many natural resources career opportunities. ​

Work with Purdue faculty to learn about plants, insects, bioenergy and natural resources. Students will learn cutting edge aspects of Plant Sciences, experience a wide array of information on Plant Sciences, become acquainted with Plant Sciences-related departments at Purdue University and learn about the many career opportunities related to Plant Sciences.​

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! Limit: 21 participants​

Do you like to be the first to share important news and information with others? Do you like to be creative and write, draw or shoot photographs? Are you interested in a career in communication or journalism? If so, this workshop might be for you. Participants will use computers and cameras to develop news stories and photos for print and social media while exploring the vast array of careers for professional communicators.​

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Do you enjoy computers? Do you enjoy social media? Do you enjoy using new technology? Come splice it all together with the new, fun computer science workshop. Learn about programming, hardware and networking by using a Raspberry Pi computer learning system to build a photo booth. You will then set up the photo booth at the Dance and link pictures of your friends directly to social media! All youth in grades 9-12 are eligible to attend.​

Ever wonder what engineers do? The three-day Engineering Sciences Workshop will shed some light on this question. You will learn how robots operate, what makes a good fuel for internal combustion engines, how computers draw without pencils, how to select the best vegetable/fruit variety for mechanical harvesting, and how to surf the Internet. The program will also introduce you to careers in various engineering fields.​

Have you ever wondered what it takes for the light bulb to come on when you open the refrigerator or why the street lights turn on automatically at night? Electricity is everywhere! Having a sustainable, reliable, and affordable supply of electricity is important to every community. In this workshop, you’ll learn about how much energy it takes to power a community and explore different types of energy by touring solar, wind, methane, and bioenergy farms. You’ll bring it all together in the end by designing your own power grid to power your own community. Brought to you by Indiana’s electric cooperatives, meet the people on the ground who work to put electricity in your everyday lives.


The Science of Flight Workshop will help youth learn more about Aerospace and the science and opportunities that surround it. During the workshop they will build model rockets and planes, take a ride in a small airplane and study aerodynamics to learn about the principles of flight as well as be exposed to career opportunities in aerospace. This workshop is open to 4-H club members in grades 9-12.

This workshop is designed to engage and educate high school youth regarding sustainable practices in crop
production. Participants will learn through hands-on activities and field encounters lead by expert Purdue faculty, staff,
graduate students and industrial leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the research being
conducted at Purdue University and in industries that address global food security, reduction of environmental impact,
and sustained economic and social standings.