Science is one of the three mission mandates of the 4-H program along with healthy living and citizenship. Indiana 4-H offers over 40 projects within the science mission area that are divided into further subcategories such as Animal Science, Engineering and Technological Science, and Plant and Environmental Science. The variety of Animal Science projects such as aquatic science, beef, dog, poultry, rabbit, and vet science develop both subject specific skills and life skills. As students raise and care for an animal they learn about the nutrition and management of specific species, while fostering decision-making, nurturing, self-motivation, and resiliency life skills. Project based activities encourage 4-H members to participate in research and develop relationships with veterinarians, nutritionists, animal managers, and researchers allowing them to learn through their own experiences.
There is no limit to the number of projects youth can sign up for, however, we suggest starting out with one or two your first year.