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Rice, Joshua E.; Rugg, Bradley; Davis, Sharon – Journal of Extension, 2016
Youth involved in 4-H projects have been engaged in science-related endeavors for years. Since 2006, 4-H has invested considerable resources in the advancement of science learning. The new Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge program challenges 4-H youth to work together to identify agriculture-related issues in their communities and to…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Agriculture, Community Problems, Community Programs
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Skelton, Peter; Dormody, Tom; Lewis, Margaret – Journal of Extension, 2016
Improving youth science comprehension is critical to youth development, yet this intended outcome is often overlooked in terms of how Extension programs are delivered. The purpose of the study reported in this article was to determine through the assessment of potential student growth whether applying features of a youth science comprehension…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Extension Education, Achievement Gap, Science Achievement
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Warren, William A. – Journal of Extension, 2015
The carbon cycle was used as a conceptual construct for organizing the curriculum for a youth summer camp on natural resource use and sustainability. Several studies have indicated the importance of non-traditional youth education settings for science education and understanding responsible natural resource use. The Sixth Grade Forestry Tour, a…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Natural Resources, Grade 6
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Brain, Roslynn; Upton, Sally; Tingey, Brett – Journal of Extension, 2015
Sustainability Camps provide an opportunity for Extension educators to be in the forefront of sustainability outreach and to meet the growing demand for sustainability education. This article shares development, implementation, and evaluation of an Extension Sustainability Camp for youth, grades 4-6. Camp impact was measured via daily pre-and…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Extension Education, Program Design, Program Implementation
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Dillivan, K. Douglas; Dillivan, Mary N. – Journal of Extension, 2014
Research shows student participation in science programming can affect scientific interest, academic performance, college majors, and careers. This article reports a study where results obtained from questionnaires completed by participants, parents, and guardians assessed whether interest in STEM disciplines was advanced by a summer day-camp…
Descriptors: Student Interests, STEM Education, Questionnaires, Summer Programs
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Brooks, Randall H.; Moroney, Jillian – Journal of Extension, 2014
The Clearwater County Sixth Grade Forestry Tour is a unique 3-day, 2-night program that provides participants an objective view of the importance and impact of natural resource-based industries while promoting an understanding of issues regarding natural resource uses. The targeted audience is 6th grade youth, but others interested in natural…
Descriptors: Forestry, Extension Education, Grade 6, Natural Resources
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Kirby, Sarah D.; Chilcote, Amy G. – Journal of Extension, 2014
This article describes the Energy Transformation 4-H school enrichment curriculum. The curriculum addresses energy efficiency and conservation while meeting sixth-grade science essential standards requirements. Through experiential learning, including building and testing a model home, youth learn the relationship between various technologies and…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Instruction, Youth Programs, Energy Education
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Cirignano, Sherri M.; Hughes, Luanne J.; Wu-Jung, Corey J.; Morgan, Kathleen; Grenci, Alexandra; Savoca, LeeAnne – Journal of Extension, 2013
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 sets new nutrition standards for schools, requiring them to serve a greater variety and quantity of fruits and vegetables. Extension educators in New Jersey partnered with school nutrition professionals to implement a school wellness initiative that included taste-testing activities to support…
Descriptors: Nutrition, Food, Eating Habits, Food Standards
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Lancaster, Kendra; Knobloch, Neil; Jones, Amy; Brady, Colleen – Journal of Extension, 2013
The explorative study reported here describes youth participants in three animal science-related career development events from 2010. Variables included students' self-efficacy, task value motivation, career interests, and to what extent they utilized resources in preparation. It was concluded that all three groups were self-efficacious,…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Animals, Career Development, Animal Husbandry
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Pendry, Patricia; Roeter, Stephanie; Smith, Annelise; Jacobson, Sue; Erdman, Phyllis – Journal of Extension, 2013
To explore the efficacy of equine programming to support positive behavioral development of horse-novice youth, researchers examined trajectories of behavioral change of 5-8th grade students as they participate in an equine facilitated learning program. Behaviors were rated and analyzed to examine group trajectories of change. Results indicated…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Youth Programs, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Heck, Katherine; Carlos, Ramona M.; Barnett, Cynthia; Smith, Martin H. – Journal of Extension, 2012
The study reported here investigated the impacts of participation in 4-H on young people's interest and participation in science. Survey data were collected from relatively large and ethnically diverse samples of elementary and high school-aged students in California. Results indicated that although elementary-grade 4-H members are not more…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Science Interests, Surveys, Elementary School Students
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Skelton, Peter; Seevers, Brenda; Dormody, Tom; Hodnett, Frank – Journal of Extension, 2012
Improving youth science comprehension in the United States is imperative to reverse current trends in student achievement and to meet an expected shortage of scientists in the future. This lag in achievement scores and need for future scientists is a problem. One challenge is to link inquiry-based learning and experiential education with…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Youth Programs, Science Education, Comprehension
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Myers, Monique R. – Journal of Extension, 2012
A middle school student and teacher watershed education project supports a large wetland restoration effort. It provides community-based, science education for urban, low-income, multicultural 6th-9th grade students and their teachers. This is a bottom-up approach to extending information to the local community about the restoration. The project…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Natural Resources, Conservation (Environment)
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Behnke, Andrew O.; Kelly, Christine – Journal of Extension, 2011
Parent involvement programs can play an essential role in the academic success of Latino youth. This article reports the effectiveness and evaluation of two new Extension programs that help Latino parents become more involved in their youths' academics. The Latino Parent and Family Advocacy and Support Training (LPFAST) targets parents of K- 8th…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Hispanic Americans, Extension Education
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Bauer, Erin; Ogg, Clyde – Journal of Extension, 2011
The trend toward encouraging adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools has increased in the last decade. Because IPM helps reduce risk of human pesticide exposure, reduce allergens and asthma triggers, save energy, and protect the environment, it's essential that IPM awareness continue not only with current school administrators,…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Video Games, Child Health, Human Body
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