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The 4-H youth development program is a dynamic non-formal education program.

4-H provides youth with opportunities to learn skills, gain knowledge, have fun, and make contributions in such areas as environmental education, community service, and current youth issues.

To find out more about 4-H opportunities in your area, contact your local County Extension Office or our faculty and staff.

If you have any problems viewing information or obtaining forms from this website, please contact the State 4-H Office at (575) 646-3026.

4-H National Youth Science Day

4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is the premiere national rallying event for year-round 4-H Science programming, bringing together youth, volunteers and educators from the nation’s land-grant colleges and universities and the Cooperative Extension System to simultaneously complete the National Science Experiment. This annual event seeks to spark an early youth interest in science and future science careers. National Youth Science Day presents a great opportunity to engage youth in hands on science, engineering and technology activities while developing critical thinking skills.

This year's NYSD experiment, happening October 5th, is Drone Discovery. Drones are revolutionizing the way we work and play, whether you are a filmmaker looking for the perfect aerial shot, a rescue worker mapping damage from natural disaster or a farmer determining how to increase crop yield. As drones play an increasingly important role in the world around us, 4-H NYSD 2016 introduces youth to the burgeoning field of drones in a hands-on, interactive design challenge. The experiment introduces youth to the science behind drones and how they are being used to solve real world problems. Developed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension faculty, youth will learn:

  • flight dynamics and aircraft types
  • safety and regulations
  • remote sensing and flight control

This is a great opportunity to interact with youth through an inquiry-based learning environment and to demonstrate that science is fun. Challenge kits include everything you need to complete Drone Discovery and are available at the 4-H Mall for $23.95. Each kit is ideally suited for a maximum group size of 10 youth, ages 8-14. Materials for the Drone Discovery Challenge, including the youth and facilitator guides, are available for download at the link given below. Be sure to register your event on the 4-H national website.

Links below for kits, materials and registering your event.

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