The 4-H aerospace program provides youth with educational information about aerospace that develops project skills (i.e., principles of flight, model rocket construction, model rocket safety) and life skills (i.e., decision-making, using science and technology, developing communication skills). These fun-filled, hands-on learning experiences are provided under the direction of caring adults.
The 4-H agricultural tractor and machinery program provides youth with educational information about agricultural tractors and machinery that develops project skills (i.e., principles of engine operation, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, safe operation) and life skills (i.e., decision making, using science and technology, developing communication skills). These fun-filled, hands-on learning experiences are provided under the direction of caring adults.
Junior division is for youth in grades 3-7 and senior division is for youth in grades 8-12.
The 4-H Alfalfa project encourages engagement in livestock crop production. Youth will learn about production as they grow at least one acre of alfalfa and possibly exhibit the rewards of their labor in the form of an alfalfa hay bale. Life skills such as keeping records, resiliency, and character are gained through the hands-on Alfalfa project.
This project helps youth learn about raising aquarium fish. You’ll learn the basics of aquarium setup and maintenance and how to select fish for your aquarium.
The Arts and Crafts 4-H project allows youth to learn life skills and grow in project knowledge while expressing creativity in a variety of mediums.
The educational 4-H beef program and related activities (such as workshops and tours) provide youth with a fun and hands-on learning experience which develops both beef subject skills (such as nutrition, housing, and health care) and life skills (such as responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communications). Skills are learned under the direction of caring adults.
This project will help you learn about bees and beekeeping. You will learn about the types of bees, the honey and wax they produce, the plants that attract bees, and the equipment a beekeeper needs. If you want to set up your own hive, you'll learn basic beehive care, how to extract and bottle honey. Advanced topics include: increasing the number of your honey bee colonies, increasing honey production, producing special kinds of honey, and learning more about bee societies.
The 4-H bicycle program provides youth with educational information about bicycles and biking that develops project skills (i.e., bicycle maintenance, operation, safety and bicycle touring) and life skills (i.e., decision-making, using science and technology, developing communication skills). These fun-filled, hands-on learning experiences are provided under the direction of caring adults.
"How to" information for making and using icing as decoration for cakes, cookies, etc. A project that can be done individually or in a group. This activity, which can be enjoyed by families and friends, also is an introduction to a money making skill and career.
The 4-H Cat Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general care, nutrition housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Cat Project.
Uses instructional materials that deal with young children at different ages (i.e., infants, toddlers, pre-school) and baby-sitting. Characteristics of various ages are studied and followed by observations and interactive activities.
In the Indiana 4-H Youth Development program, we offer a few avenues to learn and build skills on communications with others. The following verbal communication events and activities are offered to 4-H members as a way to teach presentation and public speaking skill development. They are often used in 4-H meetings, and a county 4-H youth development program may choose to offer these as competitive events. While the interactive demonstration is a non-competitive event at the Indiana State Fair, the demonstration, informative presentation, professional persuasive presentation, public speaking, and illustrated talk are competitive events. Refer to the Indiana State Fair 4-H handbook for the date, time, and location of each event. Check with your county extension educator for information about entering these events and activities.
The 4-H Computer project is designed for youth to engage in an interactive project to learn all levels of familiarity with computers. Learn life skills while gaining hands-on computer specific knowledge. First youth are introduced to how they work, features, and programs. Then they advance to exploring connections and repairs, creating and managing networks, and lastly being capable of teaching others about technology.
Educational materials are designed to teach clothing selection, wardrobe planning, care of clothing, and personal grooming. Included are activities to be completed at home and in stores.
What's in it for me?
You will learn about the amazing corn plant. The project is divided into three divisions:
What can I learn?
You can learn about how the corn plants works, the pests that attack corn, uses of corn and the safety practices when growing, harvesting, and storing corn. In the advanced levels you will learn about hybrid corn, the types and sources of nutrients for corn, soil erosion, producing and comparing hybrids, and planting and growing corn crops.
The 4-H Crops project allows youth the opportunity to explore hands-on crop production. With the opportunity to grow a variety of crops including corn, soybeans, oats, and wheat, youth learn about the different components of agriculture production. While learning and applying practices to control insects and disease, harvesting, storage, and marketing youth are gain valuable life skills such as wise use of resources, keeping records, conflict resolution, and personal safety.
The educational 4-H dairy cattle program and related activities (such as workshops and tours) provide youth a fun and hands-on learning experience which develops both dairy subject skills (such as nutrition, housing, and health care) and life skills (such as responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communications) under the direction of caring adults.
The 4-H Dog Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general care, nutrition housing, training and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Dog Project.
The 4-H electricity/electronics program provides youth with educational information about electricity and how it can be used to benefit the human race. The electricity/electronics program develops project skills (i.e., safe practices, proper use of fuses and circuit breakers, proper lighting techniques, proper wiring techniques) and life skills (i.e., decision-making, using science and technology, developing communication skills). These fun-filled, hands-on learning experiences are provided under the direction of caring adults.
There are more kinds of insects in the world than all other organisms combined. They live on the earth's surface, in the soil, and in water. Insects live in deserts, rain forests, hot springs, snow fields, and dark caves. This project will help you study insect and their relationship with people. You can also learn how to collect, preserve, and identify insects.
Youth will learn basic information and skills needed to grow healthy plants and flowers. The project is divided in four different levels.
The "Fantastic Foods" curriculum series is designed to help youth have fun in the kitchen as they prepare different foods, do fun experiments, and go on fact-finding missions. The curriculum is designed around six major categories: healthy food selection, smart food purchasing, food safety and science, food preparation, food preservation, careers, and food around the world.
A total of five pieces are available in the series. The four youth activity guides: Six Easy Bites (grades 3-4), Tasty Tidbits (grades 5-6), You're the Chef (grades 7-9), and Foodworks (grades 10-12) have been designed to be developmentally appropriate for the grades listed; but may be used by youth in any grade based on their project skills and expertise. The fifth piece, the Project Helper Guide, has been designed to provide an adult, the guiding helper, with some additional background and some tips on helping youth through the activities in their guide.
Are you ready to do fun experiments, prepare flavor-filled recipes, and go on fact-finding missions? That is what "Fantastic Foods" series is all about. You will have fun learning about different food ingredients, food characteristics, and food safety issues.
Your project manual is divided into six "bites": Once You Swallow, Money Talks, Play It Safe, Kitchen Magic, Eat It Later, and Imagine That.
The forestry project will help you to learn how to identify trees, uses of trees, the benefits of trees, and the importance of our woodlands. A knowledge of trees and woodland management leads to a greater enjoyment of the outdoors. An understanding of tree characteristics will allow future landowners to choose the best varieties for urban or rural benefits that include cooling, wildlife habitat, and reducing erosion and other types of pollution.
What is in it for me?
The gardening project introduces youth to vegetable gardening. The Gardening project is divided into four different levels:
You will learn about planning a vegetable garden, planting, fertilizing, different vegetable pests, harvesting, storage techniques and careers.
Educational materials on "How to" information on documenting ones heritage through ancestral listing. The project can be done as an individual or group with a parent or grandparent. It helps young people know where their ancestors resided, traveled, and developed some family tradition.
This project introduces youth to the fascinating hobby of "rock hunting." Geology involves studying the earth's crust, its layers, and their history. Youth learn to identify Indiana rocks, minerals, and fossils.