Join us to learn about coding this October!
Stanly County 4-H will be partnering with local middle schools to host an after-school event with a focus in STEM education. Participating youth will join more than 150,000 children across the country in leading the 11th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day challenge. This year's challenge, Code Your World, teaches young people computer science skills through four engaging, hands-on activities.
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 three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction. Code Your World is perfect for first-time and beginner coders, ages 8 to 14.
Learning computer science is about much more than being able to write computer programs; it teaches kids an entirely new way of thinking and solving problems. In fact, recent research suggests that kids who learn computer science from resourceful teachers tend to score significantly higher than their peers on standardized exams in reading, math, science,and language arts.
Additionally, job openings that require candidates with computer science skills are some of the fastest growing and highest paid in the market. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be more than 1.4 million computer science related jobs available, but only 400,000 qualified candidates to fill them. This represents a huge opportunity for today's young people!
(all events will last from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM)
There will be an additional event at the Agri-Civic Center in later October/early November open to all middle school youth in the county.
Permission slips have been distributed and must be turned into your child's school in order to attend. Stanly County 4-H plans to host a countywide National Youth Science Day for all middle school aged youth at the Agri-Civic Center. The date for this event will be announced soon.
Volunteers will be needed for each of these events. Please contact the 4-H Office if you are willing to donate 2-4 hours of your time towards one or more of these events.