ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System offers weekly activities for people of all ages, including children as young as four. Under the program area of Alabama 4-H and youth development, there are various activities to challenge young minds that yield tremendous benefits. For example, young people involved in 4-H activities are more likely to volunteer in their community, make healthier life choices, and participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities.
While COVID-19 prohibits most in-person activities, young people can register for the following free online activities, including a bilingual reading series in Spanish.
Alabama 4-H and Youth Development
STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics)
- March 19 – Virtual STEM Day is being held in conjunction with Alabama A&M University’s STEM Day. STEM Day invites youth in grades 4 through 6 to participate in a 45-minute activity. This activity will be repeated throughout the day at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT. This is a free virtual event. Classrooms and individual students are welcome. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and supplies for the activity. All participants must pre-register at aces.edu/go/4hAAMUstemDay.
- STREAM Stories is for children ages 6 to 11. STREAM explores the fundamentals of STEM activities with a focus on reading. After each story, participants engage in a STEM activity.
For more information, contact Angela Williams at email@example.com or 256-372-5713.
Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources
- Camp Conservation: Exploring Your Future in Natural Resources is a self-paced program using Canvas, a learning management platform. Students in grades 7 through 12 learn about forestry topics, such as tree identification, wildlife management, water quality, urban forestry and forestry products. This program connects today’s learners with tomorrow’s career opportunities for stewards of natural resources.
- Lend an Ear Story Time Series (English/Spanish) fosters an appreciation for the preservation of natural resources and encourages students, kindergarten to grade 4, to share the joy of reading.
For more information, contact Karnita Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-372-8331.
Human Nutrition, Diet and Health
- Book Bites: A Healthy Habits Lifetime Series is a 30-minute weekly series that incorporates healthy habits for children into story time. This online series best suits children in kindergarten through 4th grade.
For more information, contact Andrea Morris at email@example.com or 256 -372-8082.
For more information about Alabama Extension at AAMU programs, visit www.aces.edu/urban or contact Kimberly Holmes, Extension assistant director, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 256-690-4614.