National Youth Science Day
Do you love science and fun science activities? 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is the world’s largest youth-led science experiment. On October 7, 2015, millions of young people will take part in this year’s NYSD experiment, Motion Commotion, to learn about physics, speed and safety! Currently, more than five million young people across the nation participate in 4-H STEM programming in topics as varied as robotics, agricultural science, rocketry, wind power, environmental science and alternative energy. For more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching young people about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 4-H National Youth Science Day is the premier national rallying event for year-round 4-H STEM programming, bringing together youth, volunteers and educators from the nation’s 109 land-grant colleges and universities to simultaneously complete the National Science Experiment. Be sure to use #4HNYSD when posting photos of your event! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Heather Kent or Karen Blyler.
Through this experiment, youth will:
1. Construct an understanding of motion, stopping distance, and reaction time through engagement in hands-on, experiential learning.
2. Engage in individual and group exploration of the effect of motion and reaction time on our daily lives, with an emphasis on healthy living
3. Plan an activity to engage their community while extension STEM knowledge beyond the experiment.
- Register your event online
- Youth Experiment Guide (also available en Español)
- Adult Facilitator Guide (also available en Español)
- NYSD Toolkit (tips for planning, funding, and promoting your event)
- Purchase a kit at the 4-H Mall (kits are re-usable and serve 10 youth)
- How to video
- Florida Common Core Educational Standards
- Youth Evaluation (printable version) (you can send completed paper forms to 4-H State Headquarters, ATTN: NYSD)
- Adult Evaluation (printable version)
Young people in 4-H excel beyond their peers. According to a longitudinal study conducted by Dr. Richard Lerner at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, when compared to their peers, young people involved in 4-H:
- Report higher levels of academic competence and an elevated level of engagement at school,
- Are more likely to plan to go to college, and are
- Two times more likely to participate in STEM learning programs during out-of-school time.