The 2018 4-H National Youth Science Day inspires kids to “Code Your World” in a four-part experience. Offered through the Montgomery County 4-H program, students in Coding Club at Hoover Elementary, joined more than 150,000 children across the country in leading the 11th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge throughout the last several weeks. This year’s challenge, Code Your World, teaches young people computer science skills through four engaging hands-on activities.
Youth in Hoover’s Coding Club, learned various computational thinking concepts, as well as the language used by computers and coders. Computational thinking concepts that youth explored include decomposition, algorithm design, pattern recognition, and abstraction. They were able to bring their name to life by building a customized animation code, including music and sound. Youth also explored computer language and the specifics of writing detailed code.
Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, this hands-on experience includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform, as well as three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction. Code Your World is perfect for first-time and beginner coders, ages 8 to 14.
4-H NYSD is an annual program that provides access and opportunity for kids everywhere to take an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by participating in a hands-on STEM challenge. In addition to the event at Hoover Elementary, kids will conduct the challenge at thousands of local events in all 50 states, and in countries around the world.4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills.
Interested in joining 4-H or have further questions about 4-H? Then please contact the Montgomery County Extension office at 400 Parke Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or call (765)364-6363. 4-H enrollment is from NOW to January 15th. To enroll or re-enroll in the Montgomery County 4-H program, please visit https://in.4honline.com. The program fee for enrolling in 4-H is $15 per child and mini 4-H (grades K-2) is free. If your child is in need of a 4-H scholarship to help with the $15 State Program fee, then please contact the office at (765)364-6363. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Abby Morgan at the Extension office at (765)364-6363 or e-mail asweet@purdue.edu.
Abby Morgan is the 4-H Youth Development Educator for Purdue Extension – Montgomery County. She can be reached at asweet@purdue.edu or (765) 364-6363.