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Nevada Youth learn to ‘code their world’ as part of National 4-H Week

Posted 10/9/2018

man wearing a 4H shirt helping boy with coding program on laptop

Jim Barcellos, with Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program in Carson City, helps a boy with this year’s 4-H National Science Day challenge, Code Your World. Photo by Marie Markovich, Cooperative Extension.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension 4-H program offers hands-on learning to local youth

As part of the 76th annual National 4-H Week, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension 4-H Program will host 4-H National Youth Science Day events throughout the month at several locations across the state. This year’s challenge, called Code Your World, will teach kids a wide variety of skills that will enable them to apply computer science to the world around them. More than 100,000 4-H youth leaders across the country will be leading other youth in the activity, making it the nation’s largest youth-led STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) challenge.

This hands-on experience, co-developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform, as well as three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction. Here in Nevada, a few of the places the Code Your World challenge is being conducted are:

In Reno:

  • 4 p.m., Oct. 10, at the Essex Manor, 7760 Carlyle Drive.

In Las Vegas:

  • 4 p.m., Oct. 11, at the Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave.
  • 3:45 p.m., Oct. 16, at Reuben P. Diaz Elementary School, 4450 E. Owens Ave.

This year’s theme for National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do. Throughout the country, 4-H clubs will provide youth more opportunities to do hands-on activities, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and careers. 4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities.

“Parents and children look for unique learning opportunities,” said Southern Nevada 4-H Program Manager Karen Best. “With 4-H, kids get to learn hands-on through trial and error, rather than just listening to people talk about these subjects. 4-H also offers opportunities to experience projects, especially in science, that kids don’t always have access to because of expenses or where they live.”

Research has shown that young people in 4-H are nearly four times as likely to contribute to their communities and are twice as likely to engage in STEM programs during after school time.

“Students involved in 4-H are better-prepared and better-engaged citizens,” said Washoe County 4-H Program Manager Sarah Chvilicek. “Overall they’re more civically engaged.”

To find out more about local activities celebrating National 4-H Week and 4-H National Youth Science Day, contact your county’s University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office. For office locations and phone numbers, go to the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension website or call 775-784-7070.

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