Buffalo County 4-H and Google inspires new generation of computer programmers through 2019 4-H National Youth Science Day!

Ryleigh Miller assists two students at Mondovi Community Youth Center think like computer programmers.

 

Young people in Buffalo County joined more than 150,000 children across the country in leading the 12th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge throughout the month of October. This year’s challenge, Game Changers, teaches young people coding skills through engaging hands-on activities.

4-H NYSD is an annual program that provides access and opportunity for students everywhere to take an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by participating in a hands-on STEM challenge. Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, this hands-on experience includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform, as well as two unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games, physical activities and puzzles. Game Changers is perfect for first-time and beginner coders, ages 8 to 14.

Annie Lisowski, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Buffalo County Professor of Youth Development and 4-H Youth Development Educator said of the experience, “In the 21st century, computer science is important skill for young people everywhere to learn. CS skills will open up a world of opportunity for our youth to excel in school and find careers in a broad array of industries from ag, to business to the arts.”

Amara Livingston, a youth leader in the BB-C 4-H Club and a high school staff member at the C-FC 4-H Afterschool program, helps students code their work for 4-H National Youth Science Day.

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