Educational Resources Curricula, kits, and online resources can be used to create lessons to support learning goals. Our Extension Staff can also can also implement programs to your group or classroom as well. To check-out a kit or schedule a program contact the Story County Extension Office at email@example.com or 515-337-1601. Definition of Resources: Curriculum: Lessons are ready to implement, however supplies are not provided. Request for a staff-led lesson with supplies may be an option. A check-out form will be used for any reservation to collect contact information and participant data information. Kits: Each kit offers one or more pre-planned lessons and materials for groups of youth to participate in the activity. A check-out form will be used for any reservation to collect contact information and participant data. These kits may be used at home, in Clover Kid groups, in classrooms, or another youth group setting. If you are not comfortable leading these activities it may be possible to have them led by a Extension Staff Member. Online Resources: Research based resources are identified with some lessons available for download along with a list of program opportunities available through the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program. Lessons may be planned by youth program facilitators, teachers, volunteers, etc. Extension staff may also be available to lead a lesson or program. Programs: Programs are available for implementation by County Extension Staff and include full curriculum units with 6+ hours of education that can be done in a series. We are happy to discuss options and timeframes that fit your needs. Program areas include Ag & Natural Resources, Human Sciences, and 4-H Youth Development. Printable Version of Educational Resources Curriculum Acres of Adventures Curriculum – fun lessons to learn about science in agriculture. Grades 3-5 A Crime, A Clue, and Biotechnology – curriculum lessons exploring DNA. Grades 7-12 Brick Lab Core Set – Lessons around STEM with the opportunity to incorporate Legos! Grades 1-6 https://edventures.com/collections/bricklab Build It! – mathematic activities. Grades K-6 Cycling Back to Nature – environmental lessons. Grades 4-6 Engineering is Elementary Curriculum (design, engineer, improve) - lessons may build on each other for a longer program. https://www.eie.org/ Grades 1-5 Lighting Systems - Curriculum Model Membrane - Curriculum Earthquake Buildings - Curriculum Recycled Racers - Curriculum Energizing your future with energy, economics, and the environment. Grades K-12 Explore Your Environment from Project Learning Tree. Grades K-8 Food, Culture & Reading – National 4-H Curriculum Guide. Grades 4-6 Food, Land, People Curriculum – food, community, etc. Has individual lessons plans that connect youth to people, the land, and people. Grades K-12 Funtivities 1 & 2 – Hand-On Science and Math activity lessons. Grades 4-8 Health Rocks – Staying healthy with choices and develop skills to reduce tobacco, alcohol, and drug use. Grades 4-6 Growing in the Garden Curriculum – horticulture based. Has individual lessons plans for indoor. Also has outdoor garden option. Grades K-3 Junior Master Gardener Curriculum – garden related lessons. Grades K-8 Making STEM Connections - Levels include novice, practitioner, apprentice, and expert. Topics include Old Things/New Ways, Embrace Constraints, Fashion Upcycle, ARTech. Grades K-8. More Picture-Perfect Science – science lessons. Grades K-4 Mystery Festival – mystery activities. Grades 2-8 Ohio Cloverbud Book of Activities Curriculum. Lessons in the following topic areas. Grades K-3. Science & technology Communtiy & Expressive Arts o Healthy Lifestyles Environmental and Earth Science Personal Development Citizenship Consumerism and Family Science Plants and Animals Palette of Fun Curriculum - Arts & craft lessons. Painting, printing, etc. Grades K-6 Project Butterfly Wings – Explore life cycle and types of butterflies. Grades K-6 Where We Live Curriculum – learn about land, natural resources, food, and more through individual lessons plans. Grades 4-8 Wild Over Work (WOW) Curriculum – Career exploration activities through self-reflection, teamwork, community, and future planning. Grades K-6 Kits Art Lit to Go – explore art concepts with stories and activites. Grades K-3 Bee Bots Kit – introduction to programming with Bee Bot Robots. Program buttons located directly on bee bots. Grades K-3 Bridge Kit – learn to build a bridge with K’Nex and a larger scale bridge to crawl through. Learn the engineering process, careers, etc. Grade 3-5 Dash & Dot Robots – program Dash Robot with a tablet and a blockly program. Grades 3-8 Energy activities from National Energy Education Development Project. Grades 4-8 Engineering is Elementary Kits (design, engineer, improve) - lessons may build on each other for a longer program. https://www.eie.org/ Grades 1-5 Alarm Circuits Hand Pollinators Designing Bridges Improving a Play Doh Process Marvelous Machines Fish Iowa Kit – Everything fishing! Supplies and related activity/lesson resources. Grades K-12 GPS kit – 6 hand held devices available along with related activity information. Grades 4-12 Hand Washing Kit – stay healthy by washing hands lesson, black light, lotion). Grades K-12 Money Craze Kit – Binder has lessons and most supplies. Grades 4-12 Blind Taste Test It All Adds Up Making Change Menu Math Money Match Pet Pals Shoplifting Costs Sticky Situations Visit a Vault Want or Need Collage What’s in an Ad? Monarchs on the Move Kit –Explore the life cycle and migration movement of the Monarch butterfly. Further explore Monarch habitat in our environment with a model milkweed plant and maps. Grades K-12 https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/monarchs-move Native Bees – Explore native bees, the life cycle, and their role in the environment. Grades K-12 https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/native-bee-challenge Pint Size Science Kits – Each kit provides background information and up to four lessons with many supplies provided. Granted through the Iowa STEM Council and the Science Center of Iowa. Grades K-2. Topics include: Mini Meteorologist - inspires students to understand the weather. Tiny Tinkerers - introduces lights and sounds. Bits and Bots - will provide a beginning step in learning programming and coding. Colorful Chemistry - introduces the three phases of matter found on earth. Classifying Creatures – classify and compare features of various animals and insects. Homes and Habitats - explores were animals live based on their environments. Exploring Engineering - continues children’s natural curiosity in how things work. Push and Pull - investigates the forces that cause motion. o Fascinating Farmers - brings the world of agriculture to young children. Space Camp – NASA based activities to learn about space. Grades K-12 STEM Backpack Kits - contains lesson and activity supplies including story book(s). Pre-School. Each bag ideal for 2-4 youth. There are 10 bags available per topic. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/checkoutstem Bee and Me – use a Bee Bot to navigate to a flower. Building Bridges – complete bridge design challenges. Curious Coding – set up a maze for Colby, the mouse. Fabulous Five Senses – explore senses through activities. Humpty Dumpty – explore wall designs. Magic Eye – learn and explore all about our eyes. Super Slinky – explore gravity with a slinky. STEM Skillastics – an interactive floor game to explore STEM with physical activities. Grade 3-6 STEM Lit Go Kits – contains lesson, story book(s), and most supplies. Grades K-3 Bubbles – investigate bubbles and their shape using the inquiry process. Curious Candy – investigate the engineering process with Curious George as they design a candy machine to deliver chocolate Heart – investigate how the heart works and ways to keep it healthy. Inventor’s Hat – investigate the invention process by designing or creating a new or improved invention. Jumping Beans – investigate Mexican Jumping Beans and what causes them to jump. Lots of Light – investigate the properties of light and the role of cause and effect. Popping popcorn – plan and conduct popcorn investigations. Roller Coaster – investigate force and motion using model roller coasters. Snow – investigate friction and design a super sled. Sunny Sunshine – investigate UV rays and ways to be safe in the sum. Terrific Tress – investigate trees and discuss their importance in our lives. Wonderful Wind – investigate the power of the wind. STEM Lit to Go IOWA Kits – contains lesson, Story book(s), and most supplies. Grades K-3 A Chair for Bear – Work with the engineering design process to build a chair for Goldilocks. Blast Off – Learn about being an astronaut and participate in space themed learning. Code Across Iowa – Practice coding and problem solving. Hour at the Fair – Conduct STEM activities to learn about the fair. Marvelous Marshmallows – Conduct a marshmallow investigation and launch marshmallows at a target. Munching Mysteries - Learn about mystery and biography genres, and how to solve mysteries. Scream for Ice Cream – Explore chemistry and the state of matter. Sound All Around – Learn about the elements of music such as rhythm and pitch. Super Shapes – Learn about and explore our world’s shapes. Take a Chance – Participate in various games of chance to learn more about math concepts. Tricky Towers – Participate in the engineering design process to learn more about structures. Wonders of Nature – Learn about natural resources and the importance of environmental conservation. STEM in Action Kits – Granted through the Iowa STEM Council and Hand2Mind. Grades PreK-5. https://www.hand2mind.com/brands/stem-in-action Grade PreK Ron’s Habitat Adventure Pam & Ava’s Mapping Adventure Pam’s Camping Adventure Grades K-2 Wild Feet Exploration Project Park Design Sound Bite Exploration Grades 3-5 Food Deserts Challenge Farmer Grady’s Challenge Helicopter Hang Time Solar House Design Challenge Toys in Space Kit – lessons of science, aerospace, and physics using toys tested in space. Grades 2-12 Water Rocks! Kit - Supplies for many lessons. http://www.waterrocks.org/ Grades K-12 Water Connects Us All – explore ecosystems, nitrogen cycles, and water quality. Grades 3-12 https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/water-connects Wind Curriculums/Kits Grades 4-12 Kid Wind Kit – 1 larger turbine and 15 smaller turbines https://www.kidwind.org/about Power of Wind – National 4-H Curriculum Guide Invent STEM – explore wind energy Online Resources Financial Literacy – Grades K-5 https://store.extension.iastate.edu/product/Financial-Literacy-Lesson-P… High School Financial Planning Program – Financial planning lessons. Grades 9-12 https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/high-school-financial-p… Curricula Resources – Curricula reviewed and vetted by Iowa 4-H indicating it is research based, supportive of the Iowa 4-H mission, and aligns with Iowa Core. Curricula created by Extension units around the county and organizations like the Science Center of Iowa. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/product Iowa 4-H Programs – An introduction to available youth program experiences that support learning in STEM and Animal Science, Healthy Living, Leadership and Civic Engagement, and Communication and the Arts. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/program-list Pick a Better Snack – Food based lessons. Grades K-3 http://idph.iowa.gov/inn/pick-a-better-snack 4-H Project Topics https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/projects-list Related 4-H project guides with lessons available from the Extension office for purchase and/or check-out. Programs (Extension Led) 4-H and Clover Kids - A membership program for youth to participate in monthly club activities in addition to opportunities available at the county, state, and national levels. The 4-H and Clover Kid program provides opportunities for youth to develop skills that they can use now and throughout their lives. The Mission of the Iowa 4-H program is to "empower youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences". This is accomplished through STEM, Healthy Living, Leadership, Civic Engagement, and Communications and the Arts activities https://www.extension.iastate.edu/story/page/join-4-h Babysitting Basics – A program teaching safe babysitting practices to students in grades 5-12. Online version available at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/program-list FLEX (Forward Learning Experience) Program – For grades 4-12. Explore circuit bending with littleBits, view 3D printing, and tour ISU through virtual reality roller coaster. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/flex-forward-learning-experience My Plate -A program used to help find your healthy eating style and build it through your daily meals. It focuses on showing students how colorful their plates should be when eating meals at school and at home focusing on the 5 main portions of a plate (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy) while doing fun activities with the students so they get the opportunity to work hands on with building their own My Plate Meal with their guardians. On Their Own & Okay Program – This program supports conversation with students in grades 4-6 about being home safely for a short time. Topics include nutrition, safety, emergencies, and additional activities. Raising School Ready Readers – A program for parents of preschoolers to recognize ways to help their children develop literacy skills through everyday activities. Five session series with 1.5 hours each time that includes research information and stations of interactive parent and child activities. Real Money. Real World. – This program originated from Ohio State University Extension https://realmoneyrealworld.osu.edu/ This program focuses on financial literacy for students in 7-12 grade. This 6 session program consists of four lessons preparing for a spending simulation and evaluation. Ricochet: A Leadership Adventure Program – Students in grades 5-8 learn five dimensions of leadership through activities. Leadership information and attitudes, decision making, communication, and stress management. Extend the program opportunity by identifying a need to support while planning and implementing a service-learning experience. SWITCH – This is an evidence-based obesity prevention program designed to help students adopt healthy lifestyles – both in school and at home. Through SWITCH, students learn to ‘switch what they Do, View, and Chew’. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/switch/ The Mindful Teen: From Surviving to Thriving in a Busy World: The workshop series is based on the book, “The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time,” by Dr. Dzung Vo, an adolescent medicine specialist and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia. 4-H staff developed the program as part of the Iowa 4-H Healthy Living Program Priority Area and Mental Health Champions Group, seeking new and innovative ways to meet the needs and interests of adolescents and our communities. Workshops will be offered statewide through the fall and winter. Youth For the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA): Youth For the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on the three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development. Youth that reside in Story County and plan to exhibit livestock through 4-H or the FFA program are required to be YQCA certified to exhibit at the Story County Fair. Several District, State-level, and Association shows hold the same requirement.