Stanly County 4-H to Host Science Days at Local Middle Schools

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Teachers, students, parents, and community members–we are pleased to announce that Stanly County 4-H will be partnering with local middle schools in Stanly County to teach youth about computer science through a variety of coding activities designed to build computational skills such as decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithm design.

National Youth Science Day is a nationwide effort that has been in place for over a decade. Each year, National 4-H releases a new kit which each county’s 4-H program may use to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. This year’s kit is called Code Your World and is designed to teach youth coding skills and computational thinking. The kit was developed by 4-H, Google, and West Virginia University. Last year, Stanly County 4-H hosted this event at the Agri-Civic Center for National Youth Science Day. Youth had the opportunity touse the Incredible Wearables kit to design and build a wearable health monitor that tracked step count and heart rate. This year to increase the impact of this program, we are bringing the program into your communities!

This year’s National Youth Science Day event will last approximately 2 hours and will be composed of 4 different activities: Animate a Name, Code Your Dance, Artificial Intelligence, and Color Your World.

The Animate A Name activity uses a computer-based program that teaches youth how to build a customized animation using code. With CS First and Scratch, a block-based coding language developed by MIT, kids will make a name come to life through animation.

Code Your Dance is a two-part activity that introduces the idea of how computers think and teaches the basic principles of writing instructions for computers to follow. You learn algorithm and program design by writing code for the “Chicken Dance”.

Artificial Intelligence introduces the concept of artificial intelligence and how it can be used to make decisions.

Color Your World is a puzzle activity called “map coloring” which involves finding the fewest number of colors to fill in a map so that no country is the same color as any of its neighbors. This teaches the idea of pattern recognition which is a key skill in breaking down problems into smaller parts and creating reusable solutions. Watch the video to see these activities in action!

4-H will be hosting the Code Your World event at the following locations:

Albemarle Middle School: October 15th, 2018; 3:00-5:00 p.m.; turn in permission forms by Friday, September 21st

West Stanly Middle School: October 22nd, 2018; 3:00-5:00 p.m.; turn in permission forms by Tuesday, September 25th