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  • 1. Wisconsin 4-H STEM: Evolving To Meet the Needs of Today’s Youth
    Joanna M. Skluzacek
    4-H STEM Specialist
    20 October 2010
  • 2. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
    STEM encompasses skills youth need no matter what their interests or career path
    Programs to change the perception of sciences being “difficult, impractical”
    It does not have to be a separate entity or set of activities in 4-H, but can be emphasized in existing programs
  • 3. STEM as a National Mission Mandate
    America faces a future of intense global competition with a startling shortage of scientists
    18 percent of U.S. high school seniors are proficient in science (NAEP 2005)
    5 percent of current U.S. college graduates earn science, engineering, or technology degrees compared to 66 percent in Japan and 59 percent in China
    Goal of engaging one million new young people in science programs by 2013
  • 4. STEM in the Economy
    Between 2006 and 2016, STEM jobs will account for one out of five new jobs in Wisconsin (WI Dept. of Workforce Dev., 2008)
    How are these two photos related?
    FDA to consider approval of genetically engineered salmon
    This year's 'big steer' was a clone
  • 5. STEM 4-H Programs
    Environmental Science and Energy
    Engineering and Technology
    Plant and Animal Science
    4-H Robotics
  • 6. STEM is About Discovery
    As a “new” team, we are continuing to discover how we can integrate STEM into existing programs and properly implement new programs
    Our biggest needs:
    Build capacity within our organization
    Partner with experts in various fields
    We have the youth; we need the adults!
    Help adults feel comfortable
    discovering STEM with the youth
  • 7. If you have questions about STEM
    Contact Joanna at
    Visit our 4-H STEM website: