Equipping Young People for Success Through Science Literacy

MSU Extension seeks to engage youth and the adults who serve them in hands-on learning that cultivates an understanding of the process of science, or how science works, and increases their knowledge of science content and topics. As a result, youth are better prepared for success now and in the future.

Delivered through webinars, face-to-face workshops and other mechanisms, MSU Extension offers a variety of training, curricula and materials to support the development of science literacy in youth.

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MSU Extension children and youth science programming focuses on:


Animal agriculture is a major industry in Michigan and across the United States, and animal science projects are one of MSU Extension’s longest supported youth programs. Through these projects, youth learn about biological sciences as well as life skills such as responsibility and accountability. Whether youth focus on livestock or pets, participate in horse judging or quiz bowls, animal science programs and curriculum enhance youth knowledge in almost any species area.

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With an abundance of fields, forests and wetlands, Michigan’s natural environment provides an exciting opportunity for young people to learn about the interconnection of people and nature. Through its environmental and outdoor education projects, MSU Extension teaches youth about science and ecology, interrelationships and impacts, health, wellness and positive outdoor experiences while developing a sense of stewardship for our natural resources.

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With useful applications in agriculture, food production, food access and healthy living, MSU Extension offers youth and adults who serve them the opportunity to explore real-life scenarios and educational opportunities in the field of plant and soil sciences. By participating in projects that involve crops, vegetables, fruits, weeds, horticulture, gardening and agronomy, youth learn about plant growth and varieties, soil types, pest control measures, planting equipment and gardening techniques.


Research indicates a growing demand for individuals educated in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) – especially in the field of engineering. As a result, MSU Extension places an emphasis on exploring the process of science in all program and project areas. In addition, we engage youth in engineering in specific project areas such as aerospace, computers, electricity, astronomy and robotics.

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For more information on how to get involved with MSU Extension’s science literacy programs as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or 4hscience@anr.msu.edu.

Explore MSU Extension Programming Template

February 4, 2019

A template for staff to use to build a custom list of programming opportunities available through MSU Extension based on personal interactions with clients and stakeholders.