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4-H Military Partnerships

FSHS Extn.
Kansas State University
1325 Lovers Lane
343 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
 
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DoD-USDA Partnerships: Tech Discovery Curriculum

The Tech Discovery Curriculum is designed for 5th-12th grade military connected youth from all branches of service.  It is focused on developing life skills and increased resiliency supporting military connected families during times of deployment and reintegration back into normal life. These educational experiences are designed to be delivered in group learning environments utilizing an experiential learning methodology. These experiences are a great support to youth development programs such as Yellow Ribbon; camps focused on military children, youth and families; Family Readiness Groups; etc.  The curriculum includes 35 youth and family educational experiences that focus on building skills in Communication, Teamwork, Self-responsibility, Decision Making and Problem Solving while at the same time supporting enhancement of youth resilience in their emotional, social, family and spiritual (their set of beliefs, principles and values that give them strength) realms.

The Tech Discovery activity plans are only available on-line. Each state and territory has received 1-2 Tech Discovery Tool Kits that are accessible to community and military partners who will be implementing the Tech Discovery curriculum.  Tool Kits provide most of the durable goods needed to implement these educational experiences.  Priority in scheduling use of the Tech Discovery Tool Kits is to be given to supporting military connected youth with a parent from the Reserve Component / geographically dispersed.

NOTE: Because of the more technical context of these activities, volunteers and staff leading the activities will need a fair amount of planning and preparation time. Please plan accordingly. Additional supplies not found in the Tech Discovery Tool Kits will have to be secured as well.

Curriculum Acknowledgements

Getting Started – Get the information you need to understand how the curriculum is designed and how it supports building the intended goals and objectives for Tech Discovery experiences. You will find a quick summary of each of the activity plans to assist with selecting the most appropriate experience for your audience, inventory checklists for the Tech Discovery Tool Kit, information on inquiry-based learning and a Curriculum Grid identifying Life and Resilience Skill areas, 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology Abilities and National Educational Standards.

Roles - Read these documents the first time you utilize the curriculum and as reference for your responsibilities in the future. Descriptions are provided for the various event roles, including a position description for the Lead Volunteer/Staff that will support effective implementation.

On-site Event Resources – Includes: Collecting important support contacts, Rescue Ideas when things don’t go according to plan and Tips for supporting positive youth behavior.

Setting Up & Using the iPad 2 Device- This is your place for detailed assistance in setting up and utilizing the iPad 2 Device as a tool for this curriculum.

Evaluation - Evaluation is important both for reflecting on what you have learned through your experience as well as to improve the learning process for future participants and facilitators. Here are two tools you might use.

 

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Tech Discovery Web-based Volunteer Training - Short web-based presentations will provide a quick background and foundation for volunteers/instructors to maximize the learning potential for youth from this curriculum.

 

Tech Discovery Youth Activity Plans

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Pre-Deployment

1.   Become Your Own Emoticon – 2 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
2.   Navigating My World – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
3.   Perspective Through Another Lens – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
4.   Rise to the Challenge – 2 hrs; Internet optional; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
5.   Wind Energy Workout – 4 hrs; Internet optional; Parent Letter (MS-Word)

To print Pre-Deployment Lessons 1-3, click here

To print Pre-Deployment Lessons 4-5, click here.

 

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Mobilization

6.   Find Your Way – 2 hrs; Internet not required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
7.   My Social Network 1: I Need My Privacy – 2 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
8.   My Social Network 2: Talk to Me! – 2 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
9.   My World My Direction – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
10. Rivets and Steel – 2 hrs; Internet not required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
11. Robot Rovers – 4 hrs; Internet optional; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
12. Threaded Thoughts – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)

To print Mobilization Lessons 6-9, click here.

To print Mobilization Lessons 10-12, click here.

 

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Re-Integration - Youth

13. Avatar Adventure – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
14. Mapping My World – 2 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
15. Rockin’ My World – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
16. Roller Coaster Rally – 4 hrs; Internet optional; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
17. Video Talk Show – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)

To print Re-Integration - Youth Lessons 13-15, click here.

To print Re-Integration - Youth Lessons 16-17, click here.

 

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Re-Integration - Youth and Family

18. Great Rocket Car Challenge – 4 hrs; Internet optional; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
19. Re-Engineering our Family – 2 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
20. Team Voice Thread – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
21. Family Fun Activities – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
22. Family Obstacle Course – 2 hrs; Internet not required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
23. Family Outdoor Cooking – 4 hrs; Internet optional; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
24. Family Photo Opps! – 2 hrs; Internet not required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
25. Virtual Family Memories – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
26. What BUGS the Garden? – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
27. Global Safari – 2 hrs; Internet not required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
28. Health Check – 2 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
29. iSurvive – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
30. Manners Matter – 2 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
31. Nature's Adaptations – 2 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
32. Vision: From Illusions to Blind Sports – 2 hrs; Internet not required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
33. Bullying: Take a Stand and Lend a Hand – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
34. Drilling for Liquid Gold – 4 hrs; Internet not required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)
35. Marketing 101 – 4 hrs; Internet required; Parent Letter (MS-Word)

To print Re-Integration - Youth and Family Lessons 18-20, click here.

To print Re-Integration - Youth and Family Lessons 21-23, click here.

To print Re-Integration - Youth and Family Lessons 24-26, click here.

To print Re-Integration - Youth and Family Lessons 27-29, click here.

To print Re-Integration - Youth and Family Lessons 30-32, click here.

To print Re-Integration - Youth and Family Lessons 33-35, click here.

 

Inquiry-based Learning, "Thinking Like a Scientist" - Facilitating inquiry experiences requires flexibility, patience, tolerance of ambiguity, and an emphasis on student skill building. When learner-driven inquiry takes place, the instructor becomes a learner, too.

The DoD-USDA Partnerships: Tech Discovery Curriculum was developed at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development through a partnership of the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Community & Family Policy, Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth and the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Institute of Youth, Family and Community, 4-H National Headquarters under Kansas State University special project number 2010-48713-21882.

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What's Going On?

Youth campers at the Arizona Career pathfinders Camp describe their experience using tools from the Tech Discovery Curriculum. Check out these videos from camp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJxAkf9IlmM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1axGf_Szb4