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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.

fake snow

Week 7: Snow

Snow is a magical substance that thrills most children from their heads to their toes. But not all kids have access to snow during the winter season.

In this lesson, you will test fake snow recipes so you can experience snow all year-long.


Monarch butterfly sitting on a purple wild flower.

Week 8: Monarchs

Spend some time looking for Monarch eggs and caterpillars and watch their life cycle.

In this lesson, 4-H’ers will learn about Monarch butterflies, why they’re important and how to protect them.


boy playing with slime

Week 9: Slime

Slime flows like a liquid, but unlike most other liquids, slime’s ability to flow is not constant. It is a fluid, but not a regular liquid.

In this lesson, 4-H’ers will learn about polymers and non-Newtonian fluids by making slime.

STEM activities

Week 10: Chemistry for kids

Matter is the “stuff” in the universe and is made up of atoms and molecules.

In this lesson, 4-H’ers will learn about molecules, states of matter and chemical reactions.

hand made out of paper and strings

Week 11: Robotics

Robotics is a field that applies concepts from science, engineering and technology to produce machines that can substitute or replicate human actions.

In this lesson, 4-H’ers will explore the basic design of a robotic hand to discover how it works.

tower built with noodles and marshmallows

Week 12: Towers

This tower activity helps to encourage design thinking, patience and supports basic engineering principles.

In this lesson, 4-H’ers will explore the principles of engineering by building a tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti noodles.


4-H: Full steam ahead paper helicopter

Week 13: Paper helicopter

For an object to fly, it must overcome the force of gravity and drag. How do wind speed and wing shape affect how a helicopter flies?

In this lesson, 4-H’ers will explore the principles of flight.


tie dye shirt

Week 14: Clothing and textiles science

Learn a fast and easy way to tie dye clothes! This process uses household items and is quicker than regular tie dying.

In this lesson, 4-H’ers will learn how to use a variety of techniques to get different clothing designs by using bleach.



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


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