This October, 4‑H will launch the 2019 National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge, Game Changers. Designed by Google and West Virginia Extension service, Game Changers teaches kids ages 8-14 how to use computer science (CS) to create games, solve problems and engage with topics they’re passionate about.
Game Changers uses physical activity and puzzles to teach kids important CS concepts and problem-solving skills, creating real-world connections between computer science and civic engagement, healthy living and agriculture. Although the challenge includes one computer-based and two unplugged activities to help kids learn CS, all can be completed without internet access.
New to NYSD? Game Changers is easier than ever to facilitate and teachers and facilitators don’t need any prior experience with computer science or coding to bring the activity to their students.
NYSD kits will go on sale in July – check back soon to order yours!
What to Expect with NYSD
Game Changers is facilitated with an accompanying kit that includes materials for one computer-based and two offline activities. The Game Changers kit will go on sale in July and includes clear instructions for facilitators and offers both low and no-tech options for events without internet access.
Check out the 2018 National Youth Science Day how-to video to learn about NYSD and last year’s computer science challenge, Code Your World.
National Youth Science Day
National Youth Science Day (NYSD) provides access and opportunity for kids to learn about STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and math) by participating in a hands-on STEM challenge. For the past 11 years, 4‑H has developed hands-on challenges that shows kids how STEM skills can be applied to the world around them.
NYSD is celebrated nationally on October 1st, with events taking place throughout the month of October and beyond in classrooms, clubs, homes and afterschool spaces across the country. Last fall, NYSD reached nearly 250,000 kids at thousands of events across all 50 states with the fun, hands-on challenge, Code Your World.
4‑H National Youth Science Day is the premier national rallying event for year-round 4‑H Science programming, bringing together youth, volunteers and educators from all over the country to simultaneously complete the National Science Experiment.