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.”