4-H STEM CHALLENGE
About the 2022 4‑H STEM Challenge
Designed by Rutgers University, Explorers of the Deep focuses on the mysteries and adventures of ocean exploration—with robots! Young people learn how to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to explore Earth’s Ocean and how it relates to all life on the planet.
The 2022 Challenge helps young people develop observational and critical thinking skills while exploring the interconnected nature between the ocean and humans, regardless of where they live. They will learn about the incredibly complex relationship between Earth’s oceans and the global climate. According to a recent survey, 84 percent of teens would like to be involved with shaping the future of our environment.
Explorers of the Deep can help empower young people to innovate and take action to drive positive change.
The 2022 STEM Challenge has been endorsed by the UN as a Decade of Ocean Science activity!
The reviews are in!
This kit is delightful! A real treasure, and something I intend to use again and again.
Loved the connection to the ocean literacy principles.
How to get started
Purchase a kit from Shop 4‑H that includes all the basic materials needed to complete each learning activity at home or in a small group setting.
- A basic kit includes materials for 4-6 youth.
- For groups of more than 6 youth, additional supplies (youth guides, gliders, and board games) are available for purchase.
- Kits can be used in spaces where physical distancing can be observed.
STEM Challenge webinar for educators
Join experts from Rutgers University and National 4‑H Council for an on-demand webinar training for educators to learn more about this year’s STEM Challenge, Explorers of the Deep.
Explorers of the Deep resources
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Since 2008, 4‑H STEM Challenge, formerly known as 4‑H National Youth Science Day (NYSD), has been the premier national rallying event for year-round 4‑H science programming, bringing together youth, volunteers and educators from all over the country to complete hands-on STEM activities.
2021: Galactic Quest
Designed by Clemson University, the 2021 4‑H STEM Challenge, Galactic Quest, focuses on the mysteries and adventures of space exploration.
Galactic Quest explores the history of humans in space, the technology and resources needed for missions, and the obstacles humans encounter in orbit. Activities explore important STEM topics ranging from physics and engineering to computer science and space agriculture.
2020: Mars Base Camp
The 2020 4‑H STEM Challenge will explore sending a mission to Mars with the activity, Mars Base Camp. Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities that teaches young people ages 8-14 STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture.