Nebraska youth to participate in nationwide computer science challenge

4-H NYSD
Code Your World, is designed to teach young people computer science skills through four engaging hands-on activities.

October 8, 2018

Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska youth will join others around the world in the 11th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge from 4-5 p.m., Oct. 16. This year’s challenge, Code Your World, is designed to teach young people computer science skills through four engaging hands-on activities.

4-H NYSD is an annual program that provides access and opportunity for kids everywhere to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by participating in a hands-on STEM challenge. Youth conduct the challenge at thousands of local events in all 50 states, and in countries around the world, throughout October.

More than 150 youth participants are expected to participate at 20 sites across Nebraska. Approximately 100 youth across the state participated in 4-H NYSD in 2017.

This year’s challenge was developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service. The 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.

“We know computer science is an important skill for kids everywhere, and especially in Nebraska,” said Saundra Wever Frerichs, extension assistant professor of science education. “Computer science skills open up a world of opportunity for our children to excel in school and find careers in medicine, business, ag, manufacturing or to create their own opportunities.”

Nebraska's headquarters for the challenge is Innovation Studio at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The space is housed in the former 4-H building on what used to be State Fair Park and continues to be used for 4-H experiences related to engineering and design. About 12 youth will participate in the challenge at Innovation Studio. More than 20 sites across the state, ranging from Chadron to Seward, will interact with the group via videoconferencing. Other youth in 4-H clubs, school enrichment settings and after-school groups will complete the challenge throughout Nebraska. 

All youth are invited to participate in the challenge. Additional information, including how to register, can be found here

Engineering design challenge kits are for sale here. Each kit comes with all the materials necessary for 10 youth to complete the challenge, including instruction booklets for both youth and adult facilitators.

Contact:
Tracy Pracheil
Associate Extension Educator
4-H Youth Development
402-472-9016
tpracheil2@unl.edu