4-H Science Tech Wizards
Mentoring Opportunities With 4-H Tech Wizards
Vermont 4-H Tech Wizards replicates the 4-H Tech Wizards program from Oregon State University, which has received recognition as a Program of Distinction by National 4-H Headquarters.
The mission of 4-H Tech Wizards is to provide an after-school and culturally responsive, small-group mentoring program which engages underserved, underrepresented youth (ages 8-18) in a tiered mentoring program with science, technology, engineering, math education (STEM) and after-school tutoring.
America's youth are interested in emerging technologies, and 4-H Tech Wizards capitalizes on this focus. By building technology skills, youth and their families learn life and workforce skills, and aspire to post-secondary education, productive jobs and careers, and community engagement.
The use of high tech tools serves as the "hook" that brings the youth into the program and keeps their interest. During the school year, youth engage in an intensive series of afterschool experiential, hands-on learning activities with real world applications. 4-H Tech Wizards enhances learning by providing the student group with technology training delivered in partnership with 4-H, schools, volunteers, libraries, non-profits and other community partners.
Students learn STEM related skills from adult mentors who become positive role models for the students to emulate. Professionals specializing in emerging technologies connect with youth in cohorts of ten to twelve, with three to five mentors per group. The 4-H Tech Wizards curriculum has three skill levels delivered over three years. During this time, youth develop skills in website development, video and podcast production, GIS and GPS technologies, LEGO robotics, and newer technologies through real-world situations.
Important life skills are taught such as goal setting, problem solving, public speaking and decision making and the rewards of community service. Youth are required to volunteer 15 hours annually in technology-related service learning projects benefitting the larger community. Through the hands-on mastery of technology, youth and their families learn life and workforce skills, and aspire to post-secondary education, productive jobs and careers, and community engagement.
Interested in mentoring? Contact the site coordinator for the location nearest you
Last modified April 16 2013 09:12 AM