It’s no secret that youth today struggle with a challenging world, from the lingering impacts of the global pandemic and an ongoing mental health crisis to the ever-evolving technological landscape.
4-H serves as a program that provides opportunities for youth, whatever their circumstances, with the mission to inspire young people to thrive and achieve. Part of how they’re doing that is by bringing Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program to even more young people with CLOVER by 4-H.
Tied to this initiative, 4-H is joining forces with Netflix on a partnership tied to Netflix’s new upcoming movie Spy Kids: Armageddon. 4-H has developed a new CLOVER activity — #GAMECLOVER — which builds on key themes of the movie by teaching young people the basics of coding and game design using a virtual “escape room” format.
The activity is available now, debuting 10 days before the movie’s release.
With over 220 online activities, CLOVER is a digital learning platform that encourages hands-on learning in a fun and accessible way. Developed by Cooperative Extension and our network of land-grant universities, CLOVER’s content spans more than 20 subject areas, including STEM, emotional well-being, financial literacy, and career readiness.
Youth users can customize their experiences based on their interests and earn pins as they complete activities. With free and paid subscriptions, CLOVER is another way to ensure that young people everywhere can access high-quality 4-H programming.
In addition, the platform helps reinforce young people’s in-person participation in 4-H clubs and programs. Data from CLOVER will inform local 4-H programming to create an integrated educational environment for all 4-Hers.
Users can continue their online STEM education in the coming months with a collection of computer science activities ranging from computer basics to augmented reality, sponsored by Google.
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