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Engineering and Technological Science
  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering Technology
  • ​Engineering and Technologies

​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.

  
Engineering and Technological Science
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Systems Management
  • Farm Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Engineering and Technologies
  • Manufacturing and Processing

​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​.​

  
Plant and Environmental Science
  • Agronomy
  • Crop Science
  • Farm Management
  • Horticulture Science
  • Plant Science
  • Soil and Water Sciences
  • Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
  • Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology
  • Agriculture
  • Environment and Ecology

​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.​

  
Animal Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fisheries and Aquatic Science
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Science
  • Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
  • Wildlife
  • ​​Agriculture

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.

  
Communication and Expressive Arts
  • Art History
  • Fine Arts
  • Studio Arts and Technology
  • Visual Arts Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching and Education
  • Visual Arts and Design

​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.  ​

  
Healthy Living
  
Animal Science
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Animal Sciences
  • Farm Management
  • Food Science
  • Preveterinary Medicine
  • Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
  • Veterinary Technician or Technologist
  • Agriculture

​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.

  
Plant and Environmental Science
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Horticulture Science
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Science
  • Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
  • Agriculture
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Science and Research

​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.

  
Healthy Living
  • Applied Exercise and Health
  • Athletic Training
  • Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness and Health
  • Movement and Sport Sciences
  • Nutrition, Fitness and Health
  • Prephysical Therapy
  • Public Health
  • ​Athletics

​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.

Workshops


  
Communication and Expressive Arts
  • Foods and Nutrition in Business
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Fine Arts
  • Business/Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Visual Arts and Design

​"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.

  
Animal Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Preveterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary Technician or Technologist
  • ​Agriculture

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.

  
Healthy Living
  • Developmental and Family Science
  • Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs
  • General Education: Curriculum and Instruction
  • General Education: Educational Studies
  • Human Services
  • Law and Society
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Public Health
  • Nursing
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Brain and Behavioral Sciences
  • Elementary Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Special Education
  • Community Service
  • Healthcare Services
  • Protective Services
  • Social Science
  • Teaching and Education

​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.

  
Communication and Expressive Arts
  • Agricultural Communication
  • Communication (General)
  • Corporate Communication
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication
  • Public Relations and Strategic Communication
  • Writing and Mass Communication
  • Politics and Public Speaking
Girl presenting Verbal Communications project on stage

Effective communication drives all aspects of day-to-day life. Youth are to learn about the process of communications, to learn about different modes of communications and to strengthen their own communications skills. As you explore the world of communications and the manuals, you will enjoy learning more about yourself and others.

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.

  • Interactive demonstration
  • Demonstration
  • Informative 4-H Presentation
  • Professional Persuasive Presentation
  • Public Speaking
  • Illustrated Talk
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Score Cards

Exhibit Requirements

Webinar Series

Part 1: This video is designed to help youth better understand how to develop a demonstration or speech. Part 1 focuses on selecting a topic and writing content.
​Part 2: This is the second of a two part series regarding the 4-H verbal communication events. Part 2 addresses delivery, voice, visual aids, and other presentation skills.

Other

 
  
Engineering and Technological Science
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Graphics Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Computer Programming and Information Systems
  • Mechanical and Electrical Specialties

​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.​

  
Communication and Expressive Arts
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Leadership and Supervision
  • Retail Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Selling and Sales Management
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Sales, Marketing and Advertising 
  • Business/Management
  • Teaching and Education

​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.

  
Plant and Environmental Science
  • Agronomy
  • Crop Science
  • Farm Management
  • Horticulture Science
  • Plant Science
  • Soil and Water Sciences
  • Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
  • Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology
  • Agriculture
  • Environment and Ecology

​What's in it for me?

You will learn about the amazing corn plant. The project is divided into three divisions:

 

  • Beginner: first and second years (ages 10-11)
  • Intermediate: third, forth and fifth years (ages 12-14)
  • Advanced: sixth year and beyond (ages 15 and above)

 

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.

  
Plant and Environmental Science
  • Agronomy
  • Crop Science
  • Farm Management
  • Horticulture Science
  • Plant Science
  • Soil and Water Sciences
  • Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
  • Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology
  • Agriculture
  • Environment and Ecology

​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.

  
Animal Science
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Animal Sciences
  • Farm Management
  • Food Science
  • Preveterinary Medicine
  • Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
  • Veterinary Technician or Technologist
  • ​Agriculture

​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.

  
Animal Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Preveterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary Technician or Technologist
  • ​Agriculture

​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.

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Publications

Score Cards

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Exhibit Requirements

  
Engineering and Technological Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Engineering/Technology Teacher Education​
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrician
  • Lineman
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineer
  • Electrical/Electronic Technician
  • Project Manager 
  • Detailed Careers List

​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.

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Division I-IV Activities

Advanced Division Project Ideas

Exhibit Requirements

Video

Other

  
Plant and Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Soil and Water Sciences
  • Plant Science
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Science
  • Entomology
  • Biology
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture
  • Environment and Ecology

​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.

  
Plant and Environmental Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Plant Science
  • Soil and Water Sciences
  • Retail Management
  • Fine Arts
  • Business/Management
  • Entreprenuership
  • Agriculture
  • Visual Arts and Design

​Youth will learn basic information and skills needed to grow healthy plants and flowers. The project is divided in four different levels.

  
Healthy Living
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Food Science
  • Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
  • Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness, and Health
  • Public Health
  • Business/Management
  • Agriculture
  • Community Service

​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.

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Exhibit Requirements

Other

  
Plant and Environmental Science
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Science
  • Plant Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental and Ecological Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Science and Research

​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.

  
Plant and Environmental Science
  • Agribusiness
  • Crop Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Food Science
  • Horticulture Science
  • Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology
  • Soil and Water Sciences
  • Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
  • Plant Science
  • Agriculture
  • Environment and Ecology

​What is in it for me?

The gardening project introduces youth to vegetable gardening. The Gardening project is divided into four different levels:

  • Level A: See Them Sprout (3rd and 4th grades)
  • Level B: Let's Get Growing ( 5th and 6th grades)
  • Level C: Take Your Pick (7th-9th grades)
  • Level D: Growing Profits (10th-12th grades)
     

What can I learn?

You will learn about planning a vegetable garden, planting, fertilizing, different vegetable pests, harvesting, storage techniques and careers.

  
Leadership and Citizenship
  • African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • History
  • Italian Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies
  • ​Social Science

​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.

Manuals

Forms

To download and edit one of the excel spreadsheets, click on the option below. When the new page opens click on "File" in the top, left-hand corner, and then select "Download a Snapshot."

Score Cards

Record Sheets

Exhibit Requirements

Indiana Historical Society Suggested Genealogy Research Resources

  • Cyndi’s List​ is also a great website to explore when starting out in Genealogy, whether specific to Indiana or not. It’s a pretty extensive website. Just jump on and explore.

  • A​ncestry.com
    • Home page: https://www.ancestry.com/ - This is to sign up for a subscription.
    • Accessing the Library Edition of Ancestry.com has to be at a location that pays for that type of subscription. Check out if your local public library has access, many do. You can look them up online or call to ask if they offer that service or any other genealogy database access. You also have to sign on to their computers to use that service. You can travel with your devices, like laptop or tablet, just know your searching has to be done on their computers. It might be a good idea to travel with a flash drive to save those records you find so you can easily add them to your device and digital records.

  • Indiana State Archives
    • Home page: http://www.in.gov/iara/
    • Records and indices are kept in different locations on the website. Spend some time on the website looking at what is available. If you’re have trouble finding it you can call the office and they can guide you through.

Other

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Plant and Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Science
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Earth/Space Science Education
  • ​Environment and Ecology

​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.

  
Animal Science
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Animal Sciences
  • Farm Management
  • Food Science
  • Preveterinary Medicine
  • Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
  • Veterinary Technician or Technologist
  • ​Agriculture

​The 4-H goat educational program and related activities (such as workshops, tours) provide youth a fun and hands-on learning experience which develops both goat 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.

  
Plant and Environmental Science
  • Agronomy
  • Crop Science
  • Farm Management
  • Horticulture Science
  • Plant Science
  • Soil and Water Sciences
  • Sustainable Food and Farming Systems
  • Plant Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology
  • Agriculture
  • Environment and Ecology

​What's in it for me?

Youth develop forage crop subject skills and life skills through fun hands-on experiences.

What can I learn?

You can learn forage crop identification, plant growth, and plant care.

  
Healthy Living
  • Applied Exercise and Health
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Dietetics
  • Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness, and Health
  • Foods and Nutrition in Business
  • Health and Disease
  • Health Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Science
  • Premedicine
  • Public Health
  • Radiological Health Sciences
  • Community Service
  • Healthcare Services

​The 4-H Health project is designed for youth interested in basic first aid and healthy well-being as well as though interested in pursuing a medical profession. In this hands-on and fun project youth will practice first aid skills, explore hygiene, nutrition, and physical fitness, and then put all the knowledge gained into practice as they develop their own personal plan and practice making decisions. Disease prevention, decision making, and healthy lifestyle choices are just a few of the life skills that could be developed during the Health project. ​

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