4-H Academy

4-H Academy @ Purdue

June 8-10, 2022

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. Contact your local Extension office for registration assistance.

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.


In this session youth gather an array of insight and hands on experience in the Food Animal sector. Species of exploration can include a combination of beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine, poultry or rabbit.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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

Are you interested in food, science and being part of an exciting a rapidly expanding industry? But not quite sure where you fit in? Then the Food Science and Nutrition Science Workshop is where you should be. You will have the opportunity to: learn about fermentation science, food safety, product development and more in the Food Science track. Learn about: human nutrition, bone density, careers in nutrition and dietetics and more in the Nutrition Science track.


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

Work with Purdue faculty to learn about plants, insects, bioenergy and natural resources. Participants 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! 

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.​

Free download: News, Democracy, and You

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IoT, or the Internet of Things, is something we hear about all the time. Many of us even use it, but how do we code it? How do we decide how to use it in a house? Work with the Engineering track to design, build, and code a smart house. Explore a real smart house in Purdue’s College of Civil Engineering and also the Smart Greenhouse.

Learn and build a “smart clubhouse”!  The engineering track will tour the engineering college and learn about projects and programs happening in Purdue’s College of Engineering.  Tour the Purdue Civil Engineering Tiny Smart House.  Learn how connected the Computer Science and Engineering worlds are, as this track will work cooperatively with the Computer Science participants to complete and code the ‘clubhouse’.   


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.