STEM Discovery Toolkits

What is a STEM Discovery Toolkit?

Activities to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and help promote experiential learning. The toolkits are hands-on and contain basic materials and supplies, step-by-step lesson plans with teaching tips and ideas for future activities as well as additional learning experiences for youth. STEM Discovery Toolkits cover a variety of topics and promote the development and strengthening of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Why use STEM in your learning experiences?

Research conducted by the National 4-H Council states that “America faces a future of intense global competition with a startling shortage of scientists.” The need for future STEM professions can be addressed by offering STEM opportunities and engaging youth in hands-on, experiential learning. Getting youth involved in STEM will spark and enhance an interest in science and lead to connecting learning to real-life applications. A science inquiry-based learning model incorporates the process of exploring the world, asking questions, making discoveries and conducting experiments in the quest for new understandings.

Who can use a STEM Discovery Toolkit?

 STEM Discovery Toolkits are available to educators, 4-H leaders, volunteers, and individuals who work with youth! Request a toolkit to use for your next lesson, club meeting, or event!

*Note: Our STEM Discovery Toolkits are available for youth organizations, schools, and other youth serving agencies in Buffalo County, Wisconsin or the surrounding Wisconsin region. We do not ship STEM Discovery Toolkits. 

How much will it cost me?

You can utilize STEM Discovery Toolkits at little to no cost! Toolkits come with materials needed to complete the projects. Cost will be determined by any additional supplies you are interested in purchasing to supplement the activities.

How can I get my hands on a STEM Discovery Toolkit?

To request a STEM Discovery Toolkit, complete the Check Out Request Form. For more information about additional STEM opportunities from University of Wisconsin-Extension, contact Annie Lisowski, 4-H & Youth Development Educator, 608-685-6256 or email

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