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Experiential Learning: Hands-on fun!

The 4-H slogan has long been “Learn by Doing”, so it should come as no surprise that many 4-H programs and activities are centered around being hands-on. 4-H proudly utilizes the experiential learning model to enhance and develop life skills in youth.

Exp Learning ModelAs you can see in the diagram above, there are 5 main steps in Experiential Learning which enable youth to gain both skills through the experience AND knowledge through the process.  These steps include:

  1. EXPERIENCE the activity.
  2. SHARE the experience through describing.
  3. PROCESS the experience to identify common themes.
  4. GENERALIZE from the experience and relate it to their lives.
  5. APPLY what they learned to a new situation.

The University of Florida Cooperative Extension has an excellent fact sheet describing this model and applying it to 4-H situations. Feel free to access the Experiential Learning Model Fact Sheet.

To help teach difficult and complex science concepts, the Delaware 4-H program has hands-on, fun science kits available for use within 4-H clubs, after school programs, school enrichment, and much more. There are many topic areas covered with these kits and they are very easy to teach. The kits are provided by a variety of resources including Agilent, Delaware 4-H, AGspoloration (UMD).

So you may be better informed about the availability of these kits, each month there will be a “Science Spotlight” in the blog. This will begin with our February edition, featuring three new Agilent science kits:

  • Deep Sea Divers, concept taught: flotation, density, air pressure
  • Periscopes, concept taught: properties of reflection
  • Hydro-Lift, concept taught: hydraulics

If you have any questions, please e-mail Mallory or call the 4-H office at (302) 831-8965.