Igniting Young Minds: 4-H Teams Up with Netflix to Elevate Learning through CLOVER by 4-H

By Ivan Heredia, Chief Marketing Officer, National 4-H Council September 22, 2023

Today’s youth are digital natives who strive to make their mark. In 4-H we’re deeply committed to providing them with the tools to thrive, regardless of their circumstances. It’s why we built CLOVER by 4-H, our new e-learning platform, which features content from more than 100 land-grant universities across Cooperative Extension to encourage hands-on learning for young people.

This month, we’re joining forces with Netflix on a CLOVER by 4-H x Spy Kids: Armageddon collaboration that leverages the power of technology and entertainment to spark curiosity, creativity, and learning – anytime, anywhere.

Premiering on Netflix today, Spy Kids: Armageddon was written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez and stars Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Everly Carganilla, and Connor Esterson. As a proud Latino, on this Hispanic Heritage Month, I’m incredibly honored to be associated with this partnership. The guiding principle behind this partnership is simple: harness the power of entertainment and education to instill a passion for STEM in young minds.

Drawing inspiration from the thrilling adventures of the film, 4-H has crafted a compelling virtual escape room debuting on CLOVER today. #GAMECLOVER is a bespoke activity developed by Utah State University Extension that exposes kids to the magic of game design and programming. By engaging with this activity, learners will discover how the fascinating world of gaming seamlessly intertwines with the realms of mathematics, coding, and physics.

To help get into ‘spy mode’, Robert Rodriguez lent his voice and talents to CLOVER promotional content encouraging all kids and their parents to ‘level up’ with #GAMECLOVER. Netflix also extended exclusive invites to select screenings of the film before its release on the streaming platform. 4-H kids and families in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh were treated to a unique experience that was more than just entertainment. By providing an early glimpse, Netflix helped us leave a profound impression on young, STEM-curious hearts and minds.

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The collaboration between 4-H and Netflix through Spy Kids: Armageddon and CLOVER by 4-H is a testament to the boundless possibilities that emerge when purpose-driven organizations and influential brands unite their resources.

#GAMECLOVER is just one example of the content on CLOVER that highlights the excitement and innovation that accompany fields such as engineering, technology, and space exploration. Our hope is that CLOVER inspires a generation of future scientists, engineers, and inventors.

Here’s a snapshot of what families can expect from the platform:

  • 20 Learning Categories: With lessons spanning computer science, cooking & baking, personal finance, animal science, robotics, and more, CLOVER caters to a diverse range of ages and interests. Examples include:
    • Cipher Space – Brought to you by Clemson University and United States Space Force
    • Build a Nest for Native Bees – Brought to you by Iowa State University and USDA
    • Charge It! – Brought to you by University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Charles Schwab
  • Expert-Driven Content: Backed by top-tier experts from Cooperative Extension and leading land grant-universities (including HBCUs), CLOVER’s content ensures high-quality learning experiences.
  • Interactive Engagement: CLOVER turns learning into an adventure. It’s not just about absorbing information; it’s about engaging with it through interactive activities, some even featuring gamified content and augmented reality.
  • Virtual Meets Reality: CLOVER goes beyond the virtual realm, as a tool that can be integrated with local 4-H clubs to bridge the gap between online learning and real-world engagement.
  • More Computer Science: Thanks to our partners at Google, over 40 exciting activities focused on computer science pathways are coming to CLOVER in 2024.

CLOVER gives us an exciting new tool to help shape a world where curiosity thrives, innovation reigns, and young minds emerge as the torchbearers of progress. Together, we can inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of trailblazers, problem solvers, and changemakers.

Join us in shaping a future where innovation knows no bounds!

#Opportunity4All

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