Project Based Learning

A 4-H project is an opportunity for a member to gain knowledge and skills in a certain area of interest. It includes a planned sequence of activities that are age-appropriate and research-based. The member often sets individual goals of what he or she wishes to learn and accomplish in the specific project area. 4-H project work is guided by trained adult or youth mentors who help youth set goals and provide access to appropriate curricula and resources. An opportunity to exhibit a finished product related to the project area is typically provided. At this exhibit the member receives constructive feedback on his or her project exhibit.

4-H projects give youth opportunities to:

  • gain new knowledge and develop the critical thinking skills that lead to independence of thought and action.
  • experience a sense of belonging through cooperative learning activities.
  • develop a spirit of generosity by sharing knowledge and using skills to help others.
  • achieve a feeling of mastery as the cumulative result of project work.

4-H projects always teach the “why’s” as well as the “how’s.” For example: a member enrolled in a woodworking project might learn the safe and most effective way to use basic hand tools and gain experience in the selection of hardware and finishing materials while making a birdhouse (tangible product). The knowledge and skills learned (intangible product) can be applied when making other wooden items in the future. It is this transferable knowledge and skill that is the essence of the project—not just the finished product.

Read more about details on 4-H Projects in our Choosing 4-H Projects PDF.

Last updated March 15, 2024