About STEM Scholars
Young Buckeye STEM Scholars is a partnership of The Ohio Academy of Science, Ohio 4-H, local schools, public libraries and TECHColumbus supported by The Ohio General Assembly through a grant to the Academy from The Ohio Department of Education.
Activities and Objectives
As members of an after-school-based 4-H club, students will select and complete one science or technology related project of their choice from the 4-H Ohio Family Guide or from other 4-H sources on websites in other states. Contemporary 4-H projects span virtually all STEM disciplines.
To improve their oral presentation skills, students will display and demonstrate knowledge achieved from their 4-H-originated project to classmates in after school sessions and in public at a county fair, the Ohio State Fair, local library or shopping mall.
To enhance their use of science inquiry skills, students will refine and expand their 4-H originated project, individually or as a member of a team, by modifying the project to meet contemporary guidelines for inquiry-based projects suitable for local, district, State and International Science Fairs. Or, students may select a new topic of their interest for an inquiry-based project. Students will enter a local science day by the 7th grade.
To enhance their skills of observation, note-taking, documentation and citation, written communications and self-reflection, students will keep bound journals and electronic portfolios, updated biweekly, detailing their experiences throughout their enrollment.
Through 200 hours of out-of-school classes and field trips during the academic years and summers from January 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 students will: 1. gain science content knowledge related to student projects; 2. improve their oral and written communication skills; 3. understand and apply basic knowledge of statistics, sampling and data presentation; 4. understand research risks and ethical scientific and safety practices associated with the use of vertebrate animals, human subjects, potentially hazardous biological agents, and hazardous chemicals, activities or devices; and 5. develop student research plans and begin to understand basic technologies required and academic preparation needed for success in STEM academic and business careers.
Industry, academia and governmental science and technology-based agencies will (a) identify STEM role models and (b) host STEM content and career related field trips for students, teachers and parents.