4-H Design & Innovation Studio

The 4-H Design & Innovation Studio provides low & no-cost STEAM educational experiences with a focus on building confidence & curiosity in STEAM college and career pathways.

For More Information, to book your student group, or to register for open shop time complete the google form and our 4-H team will be in touch 

Design and Innovation Studio Information Form

Contact Us and Quick Links

Rachael Smith; Extension Educator-4-H Youth Development
Ashley Shufflebarger; Extension Educator-4-H Youth Development
Kody Orr; 4-H STEAM Education Coordinator


4-H Enrollment

Volunteer with 4-H

Marion County Family Handbook

Clover News - Marion County 4-H Monthly Newsletter


Indiana 4-H 

Who We Are: 

The 4-H DIS is home to one full-time Purdue Extension 4-H Educator dedicated to developing and facilitating hands-on STEAM programming, building impactful partnerships, and providing a positive and inclusive learning environment. 

What We Do: 

Within a culture of equity, 4-H Design & Innovation Studio delivers high-impact educational science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) experiences for youth in grades K-12 that are designed to meet the unique needs of our diverse community and urban landscape.

Who We Serve: 

The primary service mission of 4-H DIS is to the youth living in the geographic area surrounding 16 Tech Innovation District who are currently in grades 6-12. Additionally, we strive to serve as many youth as possible residing in Marion County and explore opportunities to engage younger or additional 4-H’ers in programming when possible.

Students can participate in 4-H DIS programming during pre-scheduled group workshops that can be customized to serve your group's unique needs. Additionally, individual students can register for “open shop” time. Group workshops range in length, cost, and complexity, and some limits to the number of participants may apply. Priority is given to the youth living in our target geographic area and current 4-H members and 4-H Clubs. 

Why We Matter: 

Through low and no-cost programming, 4-H DIS is designed to introduce students, especially those underrepresented in today’s STEAM fields, to the skills, competencies, and capabilities they need to feel confident and curious about the STEAM college and career pathways vital to Indiana’s economy. 

Equipment and Programming Available with :

  • 3D and 2D Design, modeling, and rapid prototyping
    • 5-3D printers (3DWox)
    • 1-Laser Cutter (Glowforge)
    • CNC Routing (Coming soon!)
    • Software: Tinkercad, OpenBuilds CAM/CONTROL
  • Introductory Mechatronics
    • 6-Dobot Magicians
  • Introductory Programming Opportunities
    • 1 Classroom set of Sphero BOLT
    • Programmable Microcontrollers
  • Introductory circuit design with littleBits
  • Hand-tool usage and shop safety
    • STEAM Break Camp
  • STEAM Family Nights
  • Robotics (Coming Soon!)