This October, 4‑H launched 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? Teachers and facilitators don’t need any prior experience with computer science or coding to bring Game Changers to their students. Get your Game Changers kit today!
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Game Changers is facilitated with an accompanying kit that includes all the materials you need for one computer-based and two offline activities. The Game Changers kit includes clear instructions for facilitators, and offers both low and no-tech options for events without internet access.
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Welcome to the National Youth Science Day Computer Science (CS) Showcase! Each week through mid-November, we will feature three youth projects created on Scratch to demonstrate creativity and coding skills of youth around the nation. Check back each week to see the latest projects!
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. Check out the 2018 NYSD how-to video to learn about Code Your World.
Check out the resources below to get started with this year’s National Youth Science Day challenge, Game Changers. Check back soon for additional resources.
Watch this webinar to learn all about this year’s 4‑H National Youth Science Day challenge, Game Changers, an exciting new challenge that includes one computer-based and two unplugged activities to help kids learn computer science (CS). This webinar will walk you through all the components of your challenge kit, teach you how to facilitate the activities successfully (even if you don’t know a lot about CS!) and show you how you can use the free NYSD marketing toolkit to promote local 4‑H NYSD events.
Presenters: National 4‑H Council and Google
Watch this webinar to learn to code using Google CS First and Scratch (featuring activities from the 2019 NYSD challenge Game Changers).
In this webinar, we will explore Pitch Your Passion, the computer-based coding activity from the 2019 4‑H National Youth Science Day challenge, Game Changers. Pitch Your Passion allows kids to animate a passion, issue, or cause they care about using code. The webinar will provide training on how to use both the Google CS First and Scratch platforms, instructions for online and offline use, as well as facilitator tips to put you on the path to success as you prepare for NYSD.
Presenters: Joshua Meadows and Jen Robertson-Honecker
For the 2018 National Youth Science Day challenge, the WVU Extension Service 4‑H Youth Development Program distributed 400 Code Your World kits to WVU Extension faculty, school teachers, afterschool sites, and librarians across the state of West Virginia. With minimal training or additional resources, this initiative resulted in more than 7,000 state youth participating in one or more Code Your World activities between October and December. It also introduced new audiences to 4‑H and fostered new relationships between constituents and their county-based WVU Extension faculty members. In this webinar, Jen Robertson-Honecker (WVU Extension STEM Specialist) will discuss how WVU coordinated the state-wide distribution, the project’s resulting data, and how similar distributions could be replicated in other states.
Presenter: Jen Robertson-Honecker
Click2Science hosts free virtual professional development webinars each month focused on out-of-school time learning environments, STEM, professional development best practices, and other relevant events.
Computer Science (CS) can be a game-changer for young people when they learn to be creators, not just consumers of technology. The 2019 National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge is Game Changers. Designed by Google and West Virginia Extension service, Game Changers uses physical activity and puzzles to teach kids important CS concepts. This webinar will help staff develop confidence in leading active, engaging CS experiences that challenge and inspire young people.
Check out the marketing resources below to help spread the word about this year’s challenge, Game Changers.
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.