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STEM Projects Challenge Youth

Thousands of U.S. youth, including kids for North Dakota, receive hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment every October.

4-H Youth Science Day Participation
About 2,000 North Dakota students participate in the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment annually in the classroom or through 4-H clubs.

Supplied with a small computer, sensor, batteries, wires and guide book, McLean County fifth- and sixth-graders spent about an hour working in groups to create wearable, functioning health monitors.

They were among thousands of U.S. youth who receive hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment every October.

The students tackle a different experiment each year. In 2017, it was Incredible Wearables.

Kids Working on 4-H Wearables Project
Kids Working on 4-H Wearables Project (NDSU Photo)
“The Incredible Wearable involved many wires being placed in correct slots on the device, so that was a challenge,” says Michelle Effertz, the agent in Extension’s McLean County office who brought the experiment to the students. 4-H is an NDSU Extension program.

Drone Discovery was the 2016 experiment. Students made a drone replica and learned about flight dynamics, aircraft types, flight control, remote sensing, and flight safety and regulations.

For Jacqueline Schaible, a sixth-grade teacher at Bob Callies Elementary School in Garrison, the drone project couldn’t have come at a better time.

“It actually matched up very well with our variables unit,” she says. “In fact, our next unit focused on flight, and you were able to provide us with a lot of the necessary background information.”

About 2,000 North Dakota students participate in the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment annually in the classroom or through 4-H clubs.

For more information:

Lindsey Leker, 701-231-7039,

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