Computers is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Computers.

Computers 1
What you can do in this project: learn about hardware, software and components; explore how computers work; learn the various programs and their features; visit the project’s interactive website.
Grades: 3-5
Resource: 08346, Newbie Know How

Computers 2
What you can do in this project: build and repair a computer; identify the components and how they work together; learn to upgrade and create connections; install operating systems.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 08347, Inside the Box

Computers 3
What you can do in this project: discover how to create and manage networks; make decisions about network management; explore security issues and troubleshooting.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 08348, Peer to Peer

Computers Leader
Resources: 08349, Teens Teaching Tech
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Computers? Try the links below.

Computers Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including computers. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.


Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun Exploring Your Environment activities. Select a file for a complete lesson plan.

  •  Surfing Safely in the Cyber World (5 pages, 87KB) This activity shares information and activities on how you and your children can surf through the internet safely. It includes an activity “Rules of On-line Safety” and provides sample internet web links.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.


Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Computers Project. Just follow these links!

Brief ‘Net Primer
Primer designed to help new Internet users, with focus on Netiquette, or the effective use of communications (and social graces) on the Internet.
Site contains links for all free original clipart now hosting over 30,000 free downloadable clipart images, such as animated gifs, icons, backgrounds, bullets, clip art, and pictures.

Free on-line dictionary of computing. Searchable dictionary of acronyms, jargon, programming languages, tools, architecture, operating systems, networking, theory, conventions, standards, mathematics, telecoms, electronics, institutions, companies, projects, products, history, in fact anything to do with computing.

Great Web Sites for Kids
List produced by the Association for Library Service to Children. Categories include computers, math and sciences.

How Stuff Works
Learn about computers, electronics, Internet, telecommunications, and more.

Illinois 4-H Computer Project
Allows you to customize your own projects based on your individual computer interest, knowledge and experience. Members may choose activities ranging from the very basics of computer terminology and operation all the way to advanced programming.

Internet Society (ISOC)
The Internet SOCiety (ISOC) is a professional membership society with more than 100 organization and 20,000 individual members in over 180 countries. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards.

Kids Domain Safe Surfing Guide
Includes a parents’ guide to the Internet, information on etiquette, Internet filtering tools, and more.

National 4-H Online Computer Project
Visit this site for additional National 4-H Computer Project activities, information and links.

A fun general information web site for kids.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Computers Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on computers.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.