Opportunities Available in the Schools
The below opportunities, including Project Achievement, 4-H Tech Changemakers, Curriculum Resources, Robotics, and School Gardens, are all offered locally by the Gordon County Extension/4-H Office. Please feel free to contact the Gordon County Extension/4-H Office at 706-629-8685 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how Gordon County Extension/4-H can support local schools.
Project Achievement is the cornerstone program of Georgia 4-H and is a presentation competition that empowers young people with skills for a lifetime. Students choose a project area of interest, research the topic, and write and give a presentation. 4-H'ers can also choose to compete in food preparation labs, performing arts, sewing, and other special project areas. 4-H’ers develop leadership, creativity, public speaking, record keeping, and other skills. Watch this video to learn more about 4-H Project Achievement and visit this website for more resources.
Gordon County 4-H, in partnership with Microsoft and National 4-H Council, is implementing a program in which teen leaders teach digital literacy skills to adults. Your school can schedule 4-H to come make a presentation to parents/guardians on any number of technology-related topics, including school-related apps, keeping kids safe online, teaching responsible online behavior, and others. You can see this flyer for more information about the program.
Gordon County 4-H provides standard-based, co-curricular educational programs in the classroom for K-12th grade students. As a part of our base programming, a 4-H staff member delivers these programs once a month to all 4th and 5th grade public school students, and as an monthly elective option for 6th-8th graders. Teachers and administrators, along with the 4-H staff member, choose the lessons for these 4th-8th grade meetings, and can request additional programs for these students, as well as for their K-3rd and high school students. Drawing on a wealth of resources from the University of Georgia and other organizations, Gordon County 4-H offers an array of curriculum options for these in-school educational programs, as can be seen in this Curriculum Resource Guide.
Through a partnership with Tennessee Valley Robotics and Georgia 4-H, Gordon County 4-H has supported the expansion of school robotics teams throughout the county. There are now 8 robotics teams competing in First Lego League Robotics competition from Gordon County through 4-H, and any elementary, middle, or high school wanting to pursue a robotics program through either First or VEX Robotics for next year can contact the Gordon County Extension/4-H Office for more information.
If your school has a school garden, or is interested in beginning one, UGA Extension provides significant educational support. You can visit this website to see the resources available, and you can contact the Gordon County Extension Office to schedule a consultation appointment for your school or an educational session for students with one of our local extension agents
Additional Opportunities for Schools
Additional opportunities for schools are available within UGA Extension. Below you will see information about:
- Educator Workshops
- Step Up and Lead, a leadership development program for 4th-8th graders
- Environmental Education, standards-based educational experiences at the 5 Georgia 4-H facilities
School Garden Teacher Training
Save the date for June 18th, 2020. We will be conducting a school garden teacher training for teachers at the Mountain Research & Education Center in Blairsville. Registration will be conducted through Beth Horne and the Center for Urban Ag in early 2020.
Step Up and Lead
Step Up and Lead is designed for older elementary and middle school students (grades 4-8) who have demonstrated interest in or aptitude for leadership, whether in Student Council, Beta Club, 4-H Officers, Safety Patrol, or otherwise. The conferences feature three exciting and interactive workshops, designed and facilitated by 4-H youth development professionals, to engage and empower youth in future leadership initiatives. These three sessions focus on building communication and presentation skills, understanding leadership and personality styles, and team building and group process skills. Click the flyer below to find out how to register your school group today!
As one of the nation’s largest providers of residential environmental education, the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program invites you & your students to join the safe haven of Georgia’s outdoor classroom. Operating September through May of each year, our 4-H facilities provide opportunities for high-quality day and overnight educational experiences. Our research-based curriculum correlates to the Georgia Standards of Excellence, providing hands-on learning in the context of the real world. The Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program is operated by the University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Cooperative Extension and is proud to serve as a partner in education with public, private, and homeschool groups across the Southeast. Please click on the flyer to the right to learn more about the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education program.
Other opportunities for schools available outside of Extension will be listed here.