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The 4-H Science of Agriculture will engage youth in exploring and developing science-based solutions to agricultural problems they have identified in their communities. 4-Hers, 6th grade-12th grade, will work on teams of 3-4 youth. Participants will attend a statewide event to present their 4-H Science of Agriculture projects, which will be evaluated by a panel of industry and university judges. The team with the highest scores at the end of the event will be recognized and each member of the team will receive $1,000 scholarship for any college, university, or accredited trade school. Youth will also have a chance to connect with representatives from the University and agribusiness community, who are eager to meet the next generation of leaders in agriculture and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).


Through “hands on” 4-H agriculture, science, technology, engineering, and math learning experiences, youth will:

  • Get excited about and interested in agriculture and STEM.
  • Have a greater understanding and knowledge of food production and its importance in our economy and world.
  • Gain 21st Century skills, including technology, health, business and economic literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, initiative and self-direction.
  • Consider and connect with agricultural-related studies at the university level while being exposed to and exploring future careers in agriculture.

Events & Deadlines

  • August-October: Informing the Community
    Information about the Challenge will be shared with 4-H clubs, youth, families, and volunteers
  • August-October 15: Team Registration
    Visit the 2018 Science of Agriculture Team Registration page to register your team by October 15, 2018.
  • February/March: Regional Events
    Regional events: Teams will be required to participate at one regional event. The events will serve as an opportunity for teams to practice their presentation and receive feedback from a panel of judges so that they can better prepare for the state contest. Teams must participate at the regional event in order to progress to the state contest. The dates and locations of the regional events are to be determined.
  • March/April: Community Presentations
    Teams give their presentations locally (at least 2 times) to agricultural groups, at club meetings, community forums, etc.
  • April 1: State Event Team Registration Deadline
    Final registration for teams wanting to participate in the state event. Teams must complete the team registration form. A link to the form will appear here when active. Registration for the State Event is $100 per team, which covers meals and other expenses for members and one coach.
  • May 1: State Event Judge and Career Fair Registration Deadline
    Final registration for volunteer judges and career fair participants. A link to the registration form will appear here when active.
  • May 20: State Science of Agriculture Challenge Event
    The State Science of Agriculture Challenge event at South Dakota State University campus. Youth will give their presentation to panels of industry representatives while competing for scholarships. Youth will also attend workshops, go on campus tours, and participate in a College and Career Fair. At the conclusion of the event, there will be an awards luncheon where all youth will be recognized and scholarships will be awarded.


Youth & Parents

Coaches & Volunteers

Donors & Industry Partners



For more information, contact Christine Wood, SDSU Extension 4-H Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Field Specialist.

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