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4-H Connects Kids to Cornell

Cornell Cooperative Extension's 4-H Youth Development program connects youth and families to the resources of Cornell and other land-grant universities through 4-H project materials, and enriching events and activities.

4-H Resources and Curriculum
Subject matter skills taught in projects are the foundation for the youth development that occurs in 4-H. Learning to prepare meals, give a presentation, repair machinery, ride a horse, and care for others are just a few of the skills taught in 4-H that can be of economic, social, and/or personal value to youth in their future.  Need a resource? Visit the on-line the National 4-H Resource Directory for materials for project work from Cornell and other land grant universities. Projects combine research-based information with youth development practices.

Did you know …

* By 2018, more than 800,000 high-end computing jobs will be created in the economy, making computer science one of the fastest growing occupational fields.
* Computer software engineer jobs are expected to grow 45% over the next five to seven years.
* Computer science and computer engineering bachelor degrees are in high demand and command two of the top three average salary offers from employers among all majors.
*Yet the percent of high schools with rigorous computer science courses fell from 40% to 27% from 2005 to 2009 and the percent of high schools with introductory computer science courses fell from 78% to 65% during the same period.          
   [Key Facts About Computer Science. (n.d.). Retrieved from]
CS Bits & Bytes, a one-page biweekly newsletter highlighting innovative computer science research, is developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to make computer science more accessible to educators and learners.

The NSF CS Bits & Bytes series emphasizes how computer science permeates and improves our lives and supports progress in many other disciplines. CS Bits & Bytes issues also include profiles of the individuals who do this exciting work. Educators and parents are encouraged to use CS Bits & Bytes to inspire students to engage in the multi-faceted world of computer science, to become not just users but creators of technology, and to develop the skills to bend computation to their own ends, no matter their interests.

CS Bits & Bytes was originally rolled out in December 2011 in support of Computer Science Education Week (
Online Resources and Publications
4-H National Headquarters Update - Spring 2015
CYFERnet - researched based information from top universities
ACT for Youth Center of Excellence  - searchable youth development links
ACT Youth Network - resources focusing on health and youth leadership
Journal of Extension  - refereed journal of the U.S. Cooperative Extension System
More Poor Kids in More Poor Places: Children Increasing Live Where Poverty Persists (2011). Mattingly, Johnson, Schaefer: (38) Durham, NC.

Citizen Science activities connected to Cornell include:

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)                Viburnum Leaf Beetle Citizen Science Project
Lost Ladybug Project - searching for ladybugs everywhere                           Project Feeder Watch                       
Galaxy Zoo -  help astronomers explore the Galaxy                                      Celebrate Urban Birds                       
Bird Sleuth- exploring bird behavior
Vegetable Varieties Investigation
Wasp Watchers                                                               The Great Backyard Bird Count