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Science, technology, engineering, and applied mathematics form the STEM program priority. Nebraska 4-H works to develop science interests, skills, and abilities in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental stewardship, and technology, of youth across the state. Through STEM programs, youth develop positive interests and attitudes about science and related careers, gain a base knowledge of science content and their projects, develop science skills and abilities, apply science to their 4-H projects, utilize science skills and abilities to solve everyday situations, teach others about science related to their projects, process information, analyze complex problems and make informed decisions regarding current agricultural, environmental, energy, and technology related issues, and seek out higher education opportunities and careers related to science.

Through STEM programs youth develop important life skills, including:

  • Decision-making
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Wise use of resources


Through 4-H programming, youth are engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Agricultural Literacy efforts that will enable them to lead those industries in the future. Signature program efforts designed to engage youth in STEM and agricultural literacy. Together, these programs are making a significant impact on youth across the state.

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STEM Programs

More than 3,000 youth were engaged in programming to inspire young people to pursue studies and careers in STEM. Youth programs explored topics such as 3D printing, acoustical engineering, animal science, environmental science, plant science, and wearable technology. As a result of programming, 87% of youth participants learned something new about science and/or engineering, and 78% of youth participants would like to have a career in the science and/or engineering field.

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Science Education Professional Development

Nebraska Extension partnered with the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science to host two special pop-up conferences for 38 Nebraska science teachers. Participants explored how to implement the new Nebraska Science Standards and strengthened their partnership with Nebraska Extension. As a result of the program, 100% of teachers who attended the conference have the skills needed to facilitate STEM lessons with youth, and they feel confident in their ability to link careers to STEM areas.