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4-H clover Full STEAM Ahead with 4-H

Try one or all of these at-home activities in science, technology engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). 

We'll add a new activity each week through the end of August. Do them with your whole family using supplies that you may have on-hand at home. This is a great way to learn about 4-H projects. 

egg in a glass of water

Week 1: Egg Detective

Most American families have eggs in the fridge, but how much do you really know about them? They are complex structures that are often overlooked.

Experiment with eggs by learning the different parts of of an egg and how their size and shape varies.

Viceroy butterfly on coneflower

Week 2: Butterflies

More than beautiful, butterflies contribute to the health of our planet. While feeding on nectar, they also pollinate many types of flowers.

Learn about the life cycle of butterflies, why they’re important and how to protect them.

rain cloud in a jar

Week 3: Rain

When clouds get so full of water that they can't hold anymore, the water falls back to the ground as rain.

Learn how rain clouds form.

diagram of edible plant parts

Week 4: Parts of a plant

The fruits and vegetables we eat come from parts of plants. Flowering plants have six main parts—roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds. Each plant part serves a different function.

In this lesson, 4-H’ers will learn about the parts of a plant.


bowl of ice cream

Week 5: The science of ice cream

Have you ever thought about how ice cream is made? 

In this lesson, you will explore what science needs to happen for your list of ingredients to become a tasty treat.

pennies in a tin foil boat

Week 6: How a boat floats

How do huge boats that weigh much more than humans float across the water?

In this lesson, you will explore the science behind boats.


Darcy Cole, Extension educator
dacole@umn.edu or 320-484-4334


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