Classroom and afterschool Resources

Brochure for 2016-2017 school year coming soon! All activities are matched to the South Carolina Academic Standards for Science. For information about currently available programs, contact korishe@clemson.edu. 

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4-H Youth Science TEam Program

What is the 4-H Youth Science Team Program?

The 4-H Youth Science Team Program aims to engage high school youth in afterschool Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning. As members of a local branch of the 4-H Youth Science Team, high school students will learn hands-on STEM activities and be exposed to STEM careers from their STEM Mentors. For the 2016-2017 school year, 2 new branches of the team will be started in Greenville and Gaffney. A new advanced branch of the team will be started in Spartanburg. The existing branch is active in Chester. All branches are in need of volunteer STEM Mentors.

What are the goals of the program?11947684_415506365322038_334770235779420501_n

  1. Increase students’ attitudes towards and knowledge of STEM content
  2. Increase students’ awareness of and interest in STEM careers
  3. Increase students’ leadership and other soft skills

Why are these goals important?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs related to STEM will grow by more than 9 million by 2022. However, STEM knowledge is not the only thing these future graduates need – employers want graduates with leadership, teamwork, and communication skills (AdvancED, 2016). Our students need to be prepared to fill these future jobs and this out-of-school-time program aims to help them build the skills needed to do so.

What are the qualifications for being a STEM Mentor?IMG_1397

  1. 21 years of age or older
  2. Be knowledgeable in STEM by vocation, hobby, or education
  3. Be approved by the program coordinator
  4.  Pass a background check
  5. Complete Youth Protection and STEM activity training
  6. Complete online youth development and pedagogy module

How much time is involved in begin a STEM Mentor?

STEM Mentors will form an adult team and will be trained by the program coordinator. Once trained, the STEM Mentors will meeting twice a month with a group of high school students. These meetings will follow the school schedule – no meetings will be held during the times that students are not in school (week of Thanksgiving, late December, early January, week of Spring Break). Each STEM Mentor is not required to attend every meeting; however, at least 2 STEM Mentors must be present at each meeting. The program coordinator will provide support for the STEM Mentors throughout the program.

How do I become a STEM Mentor for this program?

If you are interested in being a STEM Mentor, please contact the program coordinator via email at korishe@clemson.edu.