This fall, 4-H partnered with Children’s Home Society to bring youth a series centered around MakeyMakey—an Arduino-based board that acts as a keyboard and mouse using resistive sensing to turn everyday objects into keyboard inputs. The seven-session series taught the participants about circuits, conductive and insulating materials, and block coding. The series was very hands-on. In each session, the participants used MakeyMakey to work on different projects like playing music with their name, testing materials to find out if they are conductive or insulating, connecting MakeyMakey to a guitar, and using block coding to design and control their very own game!
In each session, the youth werte excited to learn something new and to create something. The Mercer County 4-H STEM Ambassadors supported the efforts of the series. These teens volunteer their time to support STEM programming in the community.
The series was attended by 15 participants from the Trenton area, grades 4-7. Mercer County 4-H will continue to work with Children’s Home Society in the spring to bring more STEM programming to their youth.