Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate experience science
with the Spartanburg/Cherokee County 4-H program
and 4-H Science on the Move
4-H Agent Ginger Bowen and 4-H Science on the Move Coordinator Katie Rishebarger led a training for 24 members of the afterschool staff for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate, highlighting popular STEM activities that they can use at their sites through their partnership with the local 4-H programs. This partnership has culminated in new 4-H clubs at several sites.
In Spartanburg County, a 4-H Youth Science Team has been started with 15 high school students at the Boys and Girls Club site located at Carver Middle School. These high school students are exploring hands-on engineering and science activities, developing their communication skills, learning how to make presentations, and exploring science careers. At the end of the program, they will have a portfolio of their experiences that, if they choose, they can enter into the statewide 4-H Portfolio Contest.
Cherokee County Boys and Girls Club
In Cherokee County, three Boys and Girls Club sites have started 4-H clubs for their 3rd-5th grade students that feature hands-on STEM activities. There are nine clubs in all, with 15-20 students at each monthly club meeting. The clubs elect a president, vice president, and secretary to lead their club and learn about health science, engineering, plant science and animal science.