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Agriculture Classroom Kits

3rd - 8th Grades

Students will learn the importance of Nebraska’s largest industry – Agriculture. Everyone is involved in this industry either directly or indirectly. Agriculture involves the production, processing, and distribution of food plus the production of fuel and fiber. Agriculture uses science and technology to produce the safest and most abundant food source in the world. Nebraska produces food that is shipped to every state in the United State and every continent in the world.

This portable kit allows teachers to teach at their own pace. Activities in the areas of crop production and livestock production will be an emphasis. Teachers are encouraged to check out the kits and bring them back two weeks later. A great lesson for 4th grade youth to learn about Nebraska’s #1 Industry!

Kit will include activities for up to 30 students. Kits must be picked up and returned by the classroom teacher.

Fee: $25 per kit

Please call the 4-H Office to reserve your kit.

Bridges and Structures

3rd - 8th Grades

Introduce your students to the exciting career of engineering as they develop abilities of technical design. Challenge your students to design a structure to meet a specific need. Students work cooperatively to build a structure and evaluate their design.

Science Standards addressed:

  • 5.1.3.a Identify a simple problem
  • 5.1.3.b Propose a solution to a simple problem
  • 5.1.3.c Implement the proposed solution
  • 5.1.3.d Evaluate the implementation
  • 5.1.3.e Communicate the problem, design, and solution
  • 8.1.3 Students will solve a design problem which involves one or two science concepts

This project includes three visits by the 4-H office:

  1. To work together to build a truss bridge that is big enough for your students to crawl across.
  2. To explore structures and bridge design using K'Nex®.
  3. Using craft sticks supplied by the 4-H office, your students will construct their own bridges which will be weight tested at the conclusion of this program.

The third visit needs to be approximately two weeks after the second visit so students have sufficient time to construct their bridge.

Fee for Bridges and Structures: $60 per classroom

Crime Scene Investigation: DNA

5th - 8th Grades

It’s what makes you, you and me, me. It can also be used to help law enforcement solve crimes. It’s Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid, aka DNA! Students will get the opportunity to learn what DNA actually is and how CSI investigators use it to catch the bad guy. Students will construct DNA using K'Nex®, discover how DNA sequencing aids investigators and finally and finally, students will get to extract their OWN DNA and see it with their own two eyes!

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.5.3.1.C Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
  • SC.6.6.2.A Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and type of cells.

This project includes one 90 minute visit from the 4-H Staff.

Classroom Requirements:Smart Board, White Board or Chalk Board

Fee for Crime Scene Investigation DNA: $55 per classroom

Dissection - Crayfish

5th - 8th grades

Note to teachers: The content in this class has been modified to meet the needs of learners in grades 5-8. All objectives covered meet or exceed the state standard requirements in science. This course and others like it are excellent in challenging your students to use their full potential in science exploration.

Crayfish belong to the phylum Arthropoda and are in the class Crustacea. Since the crayfish have very specialized appendages, they have become the perfect dissection tool to convey to students the relationship between structure, function and the environment. In this activity a 4-H science teacher will guide your classroom groups through a hands-on step by step tour of the Crayfish.

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.5.8.2.C Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  • SC.6.9.3.A Construct an argument based on evidence for how plant and animal adaptations affect the probability of successful reproduction.
  • SC.7.7.3.A Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

Recommended teaching time: One 90 minute class period. It can also be done in two - 45 minute class periods on consecutive days but teacher would need to provide quart size zip lock bags for specimen storage.

Classroom Requirements: Smart Board, document reader/Elmo, and laptop

Fee for Crawfish Dissection: $55 per classroom

Dissection - Grasshopper

5th - 8th Grades

They may hop all over and eat our garden plants but they are cool to dissect! 4-H Grasshopper Dissection is a unique class where students get to open up and observe the inner workings of a grasshopper; taught be a real entomologist (A scientist who studies insects). Students will be introduced to the world of Insects and how their anatomical adaptations allow them to survive and thrive in the wild.

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.5.8.2.C Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  • SC.7.7.3.A Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • SC.HS.6.1.B Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
  • SC.HSP.6.7.B Develop and use a model to identify and describe the relationship between the structures and physiological processes of the digestive system.

Recommended teaching time: One 90 minute class period. It can also be done in two - 45 minute class periods on consecutive days but teacher would need to provide quart size zip lock bags for specimen storage.

Classroom Requirements: Smart board, document reader/Elmo, and laptop

Fee for Grasshopper Dissection: $55 per classroom

Dissection - Predator/Prey and Owl Pellet

2nd - 5th Grades

Explore the wild world of animal predator/prey relationships by dissecting owl vomit, referred to as owl pellets. Students will get the opportunity to learn about how predators seek out and hunt their prey and additionally how digestion works not only in these owls but also in our own stomachs. Students will discover how our stomachs break down food using acid and they’ll also dissect an owl pellet and determine what the owl ate and how it digests its food. Was it a mouse, rabbit or some other animal? We’ll do a little investigative work to find out!

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.2.7.2.C Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • SC.4.6.3.B Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • SC.5.8.2.A Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, and motion and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun.
  • SC.5.8.2.C Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  • SC.7.8.4.A Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.

Recommended Teaching Time: One 45 minute session by 4-H Staff

4-H Staff will provide all dissection tools and equipment.

Fee for Owl Pellet Dissection: $55 per classroom

Dissection - Heart

6th - 8th Grades

The human heart is similar in structure and function to the pig’s heart, differing only slightly in detail. Dissecting a pig’s heart allows students to explore the physiological links between organ systems and identify the general structures representative of mammals. In this activity a 4-H science teacher will guide your classroom groups through a “hands-on” step by step tour of the heart.

Your students will:

  1. Examine the specialized muscular tissue of the heart
  2. Understand how this organ differs in other animals including humans
  3. Investigate the interdependence of this organ system
  4. Gain a deep understanding of the basic physiology of the heart and circulatory system

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.6.6.2.C Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
  • SC.HSP.6.1.F Construct an explanation based on evidence that animals have structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • SC.HSP.6.6.A Communicate scientific information that explains the patterns of organization in the cardiovascular/respiratory systems.
  • SC.HSP.6.6.B Develop and use a model to identify and describe the relationship between the structures and physiological processes of the cardiovascular/respiratory systems.

Recommended teaching time: One 90 minute class period.

Classroom Requirements: Laptop and Projector. Document Camera or Elmo is useful.

Fee for Heart Dissection: $160 per classroom

Dissection - Squid

6th - 8th Grades

The squid is an invertebrate, an animal lacking a backbone. Squids are related to clams, snails, nautilus, and octopus and share some very unique traits with each of these organisms.

Although squid are of high commercial value they are so much more important to humanity than being used for bait, food sources and the inspiration behind famous science fiction literature and movies. In this dissection your students will have the opportunity to examine a Cephalopod that is extremely important in the field of human medical research. In this activity a 4-H science teacher will guide your classroom groups through a “hands-on” step by step tour of the Squid.

In this activity a 4-H science teacher will guide your classroom groups through a "hands-on" step by step tour of the Squid.

Your students will:

  1. Discover where a squid hides it's pin. Yes, squid have a pin just like clams have a shell.
  2. Extensively examine the external structures and internal organs of squid.
  3. Learn about squid life cycles and habitat.
  4. Explore the unique characteristic of this animal's ability to change its color. Students will learn how some members of this group can change their body texture and appearance.

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.5.8.2.C Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  • SC.7.7.3.A Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • SC.HS.6.1.B Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
  • SC.HSP.6.7.B Develop and use a model to identify and describe the relationship between the structures and physiological processes of the digestive system.

Recommended teaching time: One 90 minute class period. It can be done in two - 45 minute class periods on consecutive days but teacher would need to provide quart size zip lock bags for specimen storage.

Classroom Requirements: Smart Board, document reader/Elmo, and laptop

Fee for Squid Dissection: $160 per classroom

Electrical Currents

3rd - 6th Grades

Many of us think of electricity as something dangerous, mysterious, complicated, powerful and definitely not to be messed with. But it is also something that all of us use every day. This project includes activities on how electricity works, and basic circuitry.

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.3.1.1.C. Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electrical or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.
  • SC.4.4.2.B. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electrical currents.
  • SC.5.3.1.A. Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.

This project includes three visits by a teacher from the 4-H office:

  1. To explore electricity and circuits using household items
  2. To build simple quiz boards
  3. Make electricity come to life with Snap Circuits Jr.®

Fee for Electrical Currents: $60 per classroom

Entomology

Kindergarten - 6th Grades

Science Standards addressed:

  • SC.1.6.2.D Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
  • SC.3.9.3.D Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variation in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
  • SC.4.6.3.B Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • SC.5.8.2.C Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

A representative of the 4-H Office will make a visit to your classroom in support of this project:

  • To introduce students to insects, using impressive models and insect collections.

Fee for Entomology: $45 per classroom

Grow a Garden

Kindergarten - 6th Grades

This class will help your class start a small herb garden in your classroom, and provide the curriculum from Team Nutrition to help reinforce information dealing with plant growth, needs, and harvesting. Students will also learn about basic food preparation with their herbs.

Students will learn where their food comes from, how it grows, and the requirements for plant growth. They will also learn basic culinary skills to prepare a simple snack utilizing their herbs.

This class includes two visits to the classroom. Visit one includes a discussion of the needs of the plants and herbs will be left for the class to grow. During the second visit, students will harvest from their garden and prepare and eat a delicious snack.

Fee: $45 (up to 30 students)

Grow a Salad

3rd - 4th Grades (It can be used for 1st thru 7th.)

What: A nutrition staff member will visit twice in a span of a month.

Students will learn where their food comes from, how it grows, and the requirements for plant growth. They will also learn basic culinary skills to prepare a simple snack utilizing their herbs.

  • Visit one: A nutrition staff member will bring Team Nutrition Curriculum on gardening to be used by the teacher as needed. Students will learn about growing microgreens, varieties, characteristics, plant growth, and will plant a small bed of greens to be taken care of for the next month. Students will sample microgreens and discover their flavor differences. A small portable plant bed and plant light will be left with each class.
  • Visit two: A nutrition staff member will discuss harvesting techniques for microgreens, their nutritional values, and food safety related to them. Students will harvest greens safely and learn to make a simple dressing for their greens. Samples will be distributed.

Fee: $45 (up to 30 students)

Curriculum will cover science, math and food safety.

Kitchen Science - Beginners

1st - 3rd Grades

Let the kitchen become your science lab. Simple ingredients, foods, utensils and containers are used to explore the fascinating world of chemistry (and a little physics too!)

Science Standards addressed:

  • 2.1.1 Students will ask questions and conduct investigations that lead to observations and communication of findings
  • 2.1.1.a Ask questions that relate to a science topic
  • 2.2.1.a Observe physical properties of objects (freezing and melting, sinking and floating, color, size, texture, shape, weight)
  • 2.2.2 Students will compare relative position and motion of objects
  • 5.2.1 Students will explore and describe the physical properties of matter and its changes
  • 5.2.2 Students will identify the influence of forces on motion

This project includes one visit by a teacher from the 4-H office:
To experiment with ordinary kitchen items, predict outcomes and just have fun!

Fee for Beginning Kitchen Science: $45 per classroom

Kitchen Science - Advanced

4th - 8th Grades

Taking kitchen science experiments to a whole new level by incorporating chemistry and physics into learning with experiments and hands on activities.

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.4.4.2.B Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat and electrical currents.
  • SC. 5.3.1.D Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.
  • SC.7.3.1.D Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
  • SC.7.5.2.A Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

This project includes one visit by a teacher from the 4-H office:
To experiment with ordinary kitchen items, predict outcomes and just have fun!

Fee for Advanced Kitchen Science: $45 per classroom

Polymers - Slippery Science

Kindergarten - 4th Grades

This class demystifies one of the most beneficial molecules know to humankind...Polymers! Everything around us is made up of elements. They may be solid, squishy, sticky, bendable, or anything else you can think of. Polymers can be natural, like those that make up the trunk of a tree or a chunk of rock, or they can be man made. Man made polymers are everywhere. They make up the stuff we wear, hair gel, tee shirts and even your glue is a man made polymer.

In this class students will observe many common items that are made from man made polymers, be able to distinguish the difference between monomers and polymers and the students will play with a non-Newtonian fluid to discover its mysterious properties!!! And as a big bonus, each student will get to make their own special blend of slime that is theirs to keep.

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.2.3.1.D Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object.

This project requires: One 45 minute visit from one of our 4-H Science Teachers

Fee for Polymers: Please contact the 4-H School Enrichment Staff by calling 402-444-7804 for pricing.

Fuel Up to Play 60

Kindergarten - 12th Grade

Looking for even more ways to help your school stay active? Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages youth to eat healthy and move more. Studies suggest that well-nourished, physically active kids can be better students. By participating in the program, youth have the opportunity to earn rewards and prizes for their schools, including having an NFL player visit.

Funds are available to improve healthy eating and physical activity options in your school. Up to $4000 per year is available to qualifying K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to kick start healthy changes.

To qualify for the competitive, nationwide funding program, your school must participate in the National School Lunch Program. For more information go to www.fueluptoplay60.com or for help applying for funding contact Extension Educator, Cindy Brison at cbrison1@unl.edu.

Health Rocks!

6th - 11th Grades

Health Rocks! ®: Health Rocks is a preventative health and safety program that motivate young people to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid or reduce health-related risk behaviors. This program will provide young people with knowledge and skills they need to be healthy for a lifetime. Though a series of lessons and activities young people will better understanding on how their choices can help themselves and their families. Young people will utilize these health enhancing skills as a means for achieving life’s goals.

National Health Education Standards addressed:

  • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
  • Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors on health behaviors.
  • Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products and services to enhance health.
  • Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 8: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health.

Health Rocks! Is a healthy living program designed to?

  • Reduce youth smoking and tobacco use.
  • Help youth build life skills that lead to healthy lifestyle choices with special emphasis on youth smoking and tobacco use prevention.
  • Help youth understand influences and health consequences of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use to make healthy choices.
  • Engage youth and adults in partnerships to develop and implement community strategies that promote healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Build positive, enduring relationships, with youth involved as full partners, through widely varying “communities of interest” to address risk behaviors of youth.

This Program requires: Three 45 minute visits from our 4-H staff.

Fee for Health Rocks: $30 per classroom

Schedule a health day and brings this workshop to your school today.

Rate That Plate Kit

3rd - 4th Grades

Students will enjoy learning about:

  • Nutrients
  • Using MyPyramid for Kids to make healthy food choices
  • How eating healthy foods makes them feel good
  • Eating a healthy breakfast

What's in the kit?

  • Five lesson plans approximately 1 to 2 hours in length
  • Additional activities to complement each lesson
  • Supplies and handout copies for every student!

How does it work?

  • Nutrition staff delivers the kit directly to the classroom and teaches the first lesson
  • Kit remains with the teacher for up to 3 weeks
  • Teacher decides how to work the lessons into their schedule
  • Nutrition staff returns to the classroom to pick up the kit and leads students in preparing a healthy snack

Fee for Rate That Plate: $45 per classroom (up to 30 students)

Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP)

6th - 8th Grades

Student Tools for Emergency Planning, or STEP, is an emergency preparedness curriculum designed by FEMA. Emergency preparedness education equips students with concrete strategies to survive various emergencies and natural disasters and to become leaders in family preparedness. Youth will learn how to create a disaster supply kit and develop a family emergency communication plan.

Health Education State Standards addressed:

  • Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.

This Program requires: Two 30 minute visits from our 4-H staff

Fee for S.T.E.P.: $20 per classroom

Living Soils

3rd - 5th Grades

Students will learn about soil as they discover the soil’s profile (layers), composition of soil and understand basic nutrients found in the soil plants require. Students will experience the concepts through interactive lessons.

Science Standards addressed:

  • 5.1.1.a Ask testable scientific questions
  • 5.1.1.b Plan and conduct investigations and identify factors that have the potential to impact the investigation
  • 5.1.1.c Select and use equipment correctly and accurately
  • 5.1.1.d Make relevant observations and measurements
  • 5.1.1.e Collect and organize data
  • 5.1.1.f Develop a reasonable explanation based on collected data
  • 5.1.1.g Share information, procedures and results with peers and/or adults
  • 5.4.2.a Describe the characteristics of rocks, minerals, soil, water and the atmosphere
  • 5.4.2.b Identify weathering, erosion, and deposition as process that build up or break down Earth’s surface

Teachers may select the program in three options.

  1. One 90 minute session including both lessons
  2. Each 45 minute lesson on different days
  3. One 45 minute lesson

Lesson 1: Understanding the Soil Profile
Lesson 2: Basic Nutrients in the Soil

Fee: Please contact the 4-H School Enrichment Staff by calling 402-444-7804 for pricing.

First Time Physics

Kindergarten - 3rd Grades

Unlock the door to the world of physical sciences. Come and explore activities that investigate sound and light energy. Each students will get refraction glasses.

Science Standards addressed:

  • 2.1.1.b Conduct simple investigations
  • 2.1.1 Students will observe and describe properties of objects and their behavior
  • 5.2.2 Students will identify the influence of forces on motion
  • 5.2.3.a Recognize that sound is produced from vibrating objects; the sound can be changed by changing the vibration
  • 5.2.3.b Recognize that light travels in a straight line and can be reflected by an object (mirror)
  • 5.2.3.c Recognize that light can travel through certain materials and not others (transparent, translucent, opaque)

This project includes two visits by a teacher from the 4-H office:

  1. To investigate how sound can travel.
  2. To find out how light rays slow down and can be bent.

Fee for First Time Physics: $35 per classroom (up to 30 students)

Rockets - Beginning

2nd - 3rd Grades

Please check back for the class description.

Rockets - Intermediate

4th - 8th Grades

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Rockets - Advanced

6th - 12th Grades

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Dynamic T.L.C. : Team Building, Learning, and Communication

3rd - 6th Grades

Team building is the process of turning a group of individuals in to a cohesive team. During this active session, we will provide students with opportunities to engage in challenges that promote team building, communication, problem solving, leadership, and build trust among their peers. This experience will test your classroom’s group dynamics and challenge student leadership to think outside the box.

Needs Considerations for this program:

  1. Large space - such as a gym or outdoor area
  2. Students are required to wear close-toed shoes/ sneakers
  3. Knowledge of any limitations of participants

This active session includes one visit by a teacher from the 4-H Office:

  1. Pre-visit conversation with the teacher to discuss desired outcomes
  2. 60 to 90 minutes of hands-on instruction by a trained 4-H staff member
  3. Engage Students in challenges that promote teambuilding, communication, problem solving, leadership, and build trust among their peers
  4. Active debriefing of the youth’s experience
  5. Post experience conversation with the teacher regarding perceived outcomes

Dynamic T.L.C. : Team Building, Learning, and Communication: $60 per classroom (up to 30 students)

Farm in a Glove

1st - 5th Grades

Knowledge about agriculture in Nebraska is important. Students will learn about Nebraska agriculture, parts of a plant & grow common crops in a glove.

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.1.6.2.B Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
  • SC.3.9.3.A Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

Fee: $20.00 per classroom

Classroom requirements: Access to sunlight

Teaching time: 2 - 45 minute sessions

Amphibians/Aquatic Ecology

Kindergarten - 8th Grades

Learn about the different species of amphibians in Nebraska while learning about the differences between frogs and toads. Discover how metamorphosis works in frogs, toads, and salamanders. Students will also identify the ecological significance of amphibians in the environment. Students will also learn to identify frogs and toads based on calls. Live specimens are shown.

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.K.7.2.A Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • SC.1.6.2.D Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like their parents.
  • SC.3.9.3.A Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • SC.5.8.2.C Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

Available from April—October

Fee: $30.00 per classroom, up to 30 students

Classroom requirements: laptop & projector w/ sound, demonstration table

Teaching time: 45 minutes

Butterflies and Pollinators

Kindergarten - 6th Grades

Students will receive a live butterfly classroom experience! This program teaches life cycles, metamorphosis, and insect parts. Students can observe the live specimens transform from caterpillars to chrysalides to butterflies with their own butterfly observation box. The students will also get a real look at the important roles pollinators like butterflies, moths and bees have on our daily lives.

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.K.7.2.A Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • SC.1.6.2.D Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like their parents.
  • SC.2.7.2.B Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
  • SC.3.9.3.A Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • SC.7.8.4.C Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability.

This class is only available in April to October. Limited availability so please order early.

Fee: $45.00 per classroom, up to 30 students.

Classroom requirements: None

Teaching time: 45 minutes

Microbiology

5th - 12th Grades

Discover the invisible world of microbes by sampling, plating, and analyzing different colonies and species of microorganisms present in your own school! The students will get a crash course in microbiology and learn about different types of salmonella’s and E coli’s that are present in the environment and on your food. Many are harmless but many can make you very sick. Additionally, the class will focus on good bacteria and yeasts that make up our food that we eat!

Fee: $65 per classroom, up to 30 students

Teaching time: This will be two 45 minute classes. Two days will need to be scheduled within the week to allow the microorganisms to grow on the agar plates.

T.E.C. Box

3rd - 5th Grades

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.3.7.2.E Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • SC.4.4.2.E Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
  • SC.5.13.4.E Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

Tinker. Explore. Create. (TEC) Box is an experiential learning and maker movement activity that actively engages learners, encourages them to think for themselves, work hard, and ultimately learn more. TEC Box was developed to introduce youth to the idea of entrepreneurship; encourage active listening that leads to empathy, facilitate creative problem solving, and focus on the non- technical aspects of entrepreneurship. Through the TEC Box program, your students will engage with entrepreneurship and utilize their innovative spark!

Fee: $50 per classroom

Classroom requirements: None

Teaching time: Four to six 45 minute sessions

Ozobots

K - 6th Grades

Pique youth’s interest in computer science by exploring codes and programs using the Ozobot! The Ozobot is a miniature robot with color sensors that allow it to follow lines and read color codes to complete commands. In this program, youth will learn and draw basic color codes, integrate color codes into storytelling, and use Ozoblockly – an online coding program to explore sequential block coding.

Science Standards addressed:

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP5 Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP7 Look for and make structure.

This project includes three visits by a teacher from the 4-H office:

  1. To explore the Ozobot and the use of color codes
  2. To re-create classic fairytales using the Ozobot and integrating color codes
  3. To introduce drag-and-drop, sequential color coding using the Ozoblockly app to program the Ozobot

Fee: $60 per classroom

Makey Makey

K - 8th Grades

The Makey Makey is an electronic invention kit for all ages that allows everyday conductive objects, combined with the internet, to become computer keys! Join the maker movement by bringing your imagination and creativity to life through this computer science program. This project includes activities that incorporate basic circuitry, introductory scratch coding, and instrument creation.

Science Standards addressed:

  • Develop a model to describe phenomena.
  • Use a model to test interactions concerning the functioning of a natural system.
  • Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
  • Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

This project includes three visits by a teacher from the 4-H office:

  1. To explore basic circuitry and the science behind Makey Makey using conductive materials for key creation
  2. To build simple instruments (i.e. guitars and pianos), connect to Makey Makey, and create a class Rock Band
  3. To learn introductory Scratch coding and apply computer science concepts to programming youth-created instruments

Fee: $60 per classroom

Inventure Day

6th - 8th Grades

Students will grow an entrepreneurial mindset during this day-long event. After given a "widget," students will work in teams to create a new product that will serve the needs of their community by learning about target markets, branding & marketing, and financing. Teams will participate in a Quick Pitch competition at the end of the day to win a trip to UNL's Innovation Campus. This program is best run in a large, grade-wide setting.

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards of Science Addressed:

  • SC.6.4.1.B Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principle and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
  • SC.7.7.3.C Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • SC.8.1.1.B Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

Fee: $15 per student, minimum of 50 students

Class room requirements: TBD after registration

Teaching time: Pre-lessons = one to six 45 minute sessions, Field Day = approx. 6 hours

National Youth Science Day - Code Your World!

2nd - 8th Grades

Computer Science and coding are the future desires for a lot of today’s youth. It’s also one of the fastest growing industries to date. With Code your World, youth will get the opportunity to explore Scratch and CS First which allows the youth explore elementary coding concepts to “Animate A Name” and “Code Your Dance.” Both of these activities build on computer coding concepts that is hoped to spark intrigue in inquiry into the every changing world of computer science!

*Please indicate which project you’d like to have brought to your classroom. May also choose both for a 90 minute total presentation.

  • Animate a Name (45 minutes)
  • Code Your Dance (45 minutes)

Fee: $45 per classroom, up to 30 students ($90 per classroom for both lessons)

Classroom requirements: Computers for each student or pairs of students, Internet access. *If neither is available, we can provide computers. Please confirm when registering for the class.

Teaching time: 45 minutes or 90 minutes

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