STEM expanding in Alcona County
Alcona County 4-H was awarded a STEM grant to enrich STEM opportunities in Alcona County.
Alcona County 4-H and Michigan State University Extension received a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grant from the Michigan STEM partnership for STEM Enrichment in Alcona County. The grant funds will be used to support:
- Lunchtime 4-H STEM club at the elementary school.
- New 4-H underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) clubs.
- Professional development for Alcona educators.
- Scholarships for youth to area STEM camps.
- Family Engineering Night.
MSU Extension is working with Alcona Elementary School to increase STEM. We will host a Family Engineering Night this Feb. 3, 2016, from 5-7 p.m., which will include hands-on activities for children of all ages including tin foil boat building, building bridges and designing rockets. The school has added STEM for all grades K-6 as one of the “specials” youth will have this year. They will also have a series of lunchtime STEM clubs running about five weeks for each grade, which students will be able to join. Alcona Elementary is exploring the idea of an afterschool STEM club on Fridays because school ends every Friday at 1:45 p.m.
4-H has a long standing reputation of engaging youth in experiential, inquiry, hands-on activities. These activities enhance formal (public school) science education through their alignment to the eight Scientific and Engineering Practices. MSU Extension is excited to work with Alcona schools to provide professional development for area educators to enhance their STEM knowledge and learn additional ways to engage youth in experiential, hands-on, inquiry, STEM activities.
For more ways to share science with youth in your life, please explore the MSU Extension Science and Technology website. For more information about 4-H learning opportunities and other 4-H programs, contact your local MSU Extension office.