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National Youth Science Day: October 4, 2017

For ten years now, the 4-H has been promoting the sciences through the 4-H National Science Experiment and National Youth Science Day (NYSD). During NYSD, thousands of youth, volunteers, and educators across the nation take part in a hands-on experiments that expose them to activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This year is no exception; 4-H NYSD will be held Wednesday October 4, 2017 during National 4-H week.

This year’s experiment – Incredible Wearables – provides youth with an opportunity to learn about e-textiles as they design a prototype wearable technology capable of gathering data. The project was designed by University of Nebraska Lincoln and is designed to teach youth about wearable technologies and healthy life choices.

What is Wearable Technology?

Wearable technology has an ever-evolving definition as new technologies are developed. By definition technology is an item or process developed from the application of scientific knowledge. Utilizing this definition, eye glasses could be considered one of the oldest form of wearable technology, developed in the mid to late 1200s by scholars who applied what they knew of refractive lenses to solve eyesight issues. However, by today’s perception of technology, eye glasses along with their successors, like the wristwatch, would not be classified as wearable technology.

By current definition, wearable technology refers to electronic textiles (e-textiles) and represents a field that combines electronics, computing, and design. Hearing aids are one of the world’s first e-textiles and the sector has grown to now include items that fit into a variety of industries including health, fashion, entertainment, transportation, communication, and even agriculture. The future of wearable technologies is limited only by the imaginations of those designing them.

How Can You Participate?

During the week of October 4-8, 2017, South Dakota 4-H will be joining youth across the nation as we participate in the 4-H National Science Experiment. We invite you to join a 4-H group in your community or plan your own event. For information about events in your community contact your local 4-H advisor or Christine Wood.

For more information on the 4-H National Youth Science Day or to register your event, go to the 2017 National Science Experiment page.


SDSU Extension's 4-H Youth Development Program is a partnership of federal (USDA), state (Land Grant University), and county resources through youth outreach activities of SDSU Extension. Youth learn and experience Leadership, Health and Wellness, Science and Ag-Vocacy through a network of professional staff and volunteers reaching more than 9,000 enrolled members with yearly programming efforts to an additional 35,000 youth participants.

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