Colfax County 4-H School Enrichment

What is 4-H School Enrichment?

Cooperation between schools and Nebraska Extension has existed for many years in Colfax County, complementing the educational goals of both organizations.  The 4-H School Enrichment Program uses materials that are research-based and produced by specialists from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, the National 4-H Council and various universities and organizations throughout the United States.

4-H School Enrichment resources include teacher guides, student manuals, multi-media tools, teaching kits, and staff presentations. The Nebraska Extension in Colfax County staff can teach the project to the students in the classroom or provide the materials to the teacher to use.

As 4-H participants, your students will also have the opportunity to take part in 4-H activities outside the classroom. Camps, special events, and the Colfax County Fair are a few additional activities students may participate in.

The cost to participate in 4-H school enrichment is minimal to no cost. If you are interested, please fill out the attached registration form and return to Nebraska Extension in Colfax County Office as soon as possible. Programs are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.

Thank you!

 How can I get involved?
  • Refer to the program list below to determine the 4-H School Enrichment Classes you would like in your classroom.
  • When you have decided enrichment classes, click on the link below to complete online registration.
  • ONLINE SCHOOL ENRICHMENT REGISTRATION LINK

OR

  • Click the link below to download a copy of our 2019-2020 4-H School Enrichment Program Brochure. Included is a paper registration form to be mailed to our office. 
  • DOWNLOAD SCHOOL ENRICHMENT BROCHURE (Print on both sides, flip on short edge)

2019-2020 School Enrichment Programs

Special Events

Real World—Money | Suggested grade levels:  7th or 8th grade

One Full Day

This is an interactive financial management program, designed to help students become better prepared to make financial decisions as young adults. This program is held in the spring of each year. For more information please call the Nebraska Extension in Colfax County Office at (402) 352-3821.

Secrets of Service on the Job | Suggested grade levels:  5th or 6th grade

One Full Day

This is an interactive character education program
focusing on entrepreneurship. It is designed to enable youth to develop knowledge and life skills needed for enhancing ethical and responsible behavior in the business world and community. This program is held at the end of winter each year. For more information please call the Nebraska
Extension inn Colfax County Office at (402) 352-3821.

Class Room Programs

Lifecycle of A Ladybug | Suggested grade level: Kindergarten

Four, 40 minute sessions (During Spring Semester)

              Lifecycle of a ladybug  gives students the chance to witness the lifecycle of ladybugs as they watch them mature from larvae to adult ladybugs.  This project requires three weeks to complete and should be done in mid-late April—May for best results.

Agriculture & Me | Suggested grade level: Kindergarten

Two, 45 minute sessions

              Students will gain an understanding what agriculture commodities create the food they eat everyday. By creating a short booklet, students will be able to illustrate what they have learned. (For Example, today’s wheat can be tomorrow’s bread. Today’s beef cow can be tomorrow’s hamburgers.)

Where Does My Food Come From? | Suggested grade level: 1st grade

Three, 45 minute sessions

              As our society continues to be generations removed from the farm, having this level of understanding is becoming increasingly important. As a result of this program, youth will understand how their favorite foods end up on their plate or in their lunch box and youth will gain an understanding where their food comes from!

Lifecylce of A Butterfly | Suggested grade level: 1st grade

Four, 40 minute sessions (Spring Semester)

            Lifecycle of a Butterfly gives students the chance to observe the butterflies transform from caterpillars to chrysalides to butterflies with their own butterfly observation habitat. This project requires three weeks to complete and should be done in mid-late April-May for best results. Students will have the opportunity to release their butterflies during their last session!

Sprouting Success | Suggested grade level: 2nd grade

Two, 45 minute sessions, four days apart (During Spring Semester)

              Students will gain an understanding about what plants need to grow by watching edible sprouts grow over the course of five days and watching the physical changes each day.  At the end of the week, students will have the opportunity to taste-test their sprouts.  Time is required daily for students to rinse their sprouts and have observation / recording time.

Hand Washing | Suggested grade levels:  Kindergarten through 2nd grades

One, 30 - 45 minute session

              Think those hands are clean? It’s what you can’t see that can spread infection! Students will learn the benefits of hand washing, when hands should be washed, and the best way to get hands clean.

             During this visit youth will have an opportunity to actually see how well they have washed their hands using  Glo-germ which fluoresces brightly under an ultraviolet light.

The Pumpkin Life Cycle | Suggested grade level: Kindergarten through 2nd grades

Three, 45 minute sessions (Month of October)

             Students will learn the concept of a life cycle, and understanding its importance to agriculture, by recreating the various stages of growth and development of a pumpkin through hands on activities.

Positively Popcorn | Suggested grade level: 3rd grade through 4th grades

Three, 45 minute sessions (Fall Semester)

             Did you know that Nebraska is the number one producer of popcorn? In this lesson students will use science to learn the importance of agriculture in Nebraska and how popcorn goes from a seed to a snack. 

Embryology | Suggested grade levels:  2nd through 4th grades

Three, 45 minute sessions (During Spring Semester)

            This spring project gives youth a chance to witness the miracle of life in the classroom. It involves the actual hatching of approximately one dozen eggs and requires  21—28 days to complete. Extension staff will get you set up and ready to go, then classrooms must tend to the eggs on a daily basis and monitor the incubators regularly to ensure a hatch.

           Candling the eggs is an exciting part of this project done by Extension Staff. Students will get to see how the chicks develop in the eggs during the incubation period.

Ozobot Robotics | Suggested grade levels: 2nd and 3rd grades

Three, 45 minute sessions

              The pocket-sized Ozobot Robot can follow a line and be programmed with just markers and paper! Students will explore the engineering design model by brainstorming with a small group an unique obstacle course, building their program, testing their obstacle course, and sharing their successes and failures.

LEGO Robotics | Suggested grade level: 4th through 8th grades

Six, 45 minute sessions

            Hands-on activities using LEGO EV3 Robotics kits and software youth will learn how to design and build a robot using LEGO EV3 Robotics kits.  The LEGO Mindstorms software enables students to learn simple programming with computers.  This program teaches problem solving, critical thinking, decision making, teamwork, command actions, and technical skills.

Junk Drawer Robotics | Suggested grade levels: 4th through 8th grades

Three, 45 minute sessions

              Watch as  your students utilize the engineering design process to test force, distance, balance, and understand the function of robotic movement. Youth will be given everyday materials such as: rubber bands, paper clips, tongue depressors, pennies, and more to put these concepts to the test!

Engineering is Elementary | Suggested grade levels: 1st through 5th grades

Three - Four, 45 minute sessions (each topic)

             Youth will be challenged to create and problem solve exciting engineering topics. Youth will put to work their engineering skills to try possible solutions to the presented problem. We have a variety of topics to choose from including balance and forces with bridges (4 lessons), light (3 lessons), magnetism (3 lessons), simple machines (3 lessons), parachutes (3 lessons), cooking with play dough (3 lessons), and pollinators (3 lessons). Youth will have the chance to discover their passion for engineering and build their confidence in this area.

4-H National Youth Science Day | Suggested grade levels: 5th through 6th grades

One, 45 minute session

             The world’s largest youth-led science experiment happens every year with the 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD). During October, youth around the world will partake in the NYSD experience Game Changers! Game Changers, invites youth to get involved in computer science activities and develop computer science skills through un-plugged activities!

Money Makes Cents | Suggested grade levels: 2nd through 4th grades

Five, 45 minute sessions (each topic)

              Money Makes Cents will help youth gain a better understanding of money and money fundamentals! Youth will have the opportunity to learn about six
different topics about money. Topics
include: history of money, managing money, earning money, spending and saving money, checks, balances and credit.

Leadership Summit | Suggested Grade Levels: 5th & 8th grades

Five, 45 minute sessions

             At a critical time when early middle school students choose to take the wrong “trail” in life, help prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders and role models through Leadership Summit! Middle school youth will see the world from a new perspective and learn to be more effective leaders as well as team members after participating in this program. Leadership discovery and personality trait assessment sessions followed by engaging interactive leadership development activities will build knowledge of interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Academic Success | Suggested Grade Levels: Juniors & Seniors

Two, 45 minute sessions

              Academic Success is two 45 minute sessions designed to prepare high school Juniors and
Seniors for the next steps in college. Session topics covered are Study Skills and Time Management. During study skills youth will identify skills to improve their studying and determine their studying strengths. The time management session will help youth determine how they spend their time and discover ways to help students better manage their time.

Looking for something more?

Give us a call and we will find a 4-H School Enrichment curriculum that will fit your classroom needs!