4-H Gateway Academy
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation has
developed a summer curriculum for Middle School students to introduce
them to engineering concepts and careers.
In Wisconsin UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development is coordinating
4-H Gateway Academies in selected school districts.
The 4-H Gateway Academies are fully funded one week day camps for
middle school students which include a hands-on project based curriculum,
team building, meals, t-shirts, field trips. The teachers
have been trained in PLTW and use their skills and knowledge to engage
middle school youth in a variety of activities. 4-H staff in the
counties contribute team building activities and logistical assistance
to the camp.
During the week, campers work together in a fun, exciting environment
using leading-edge technologies to sample such disciplines as robotics,
aeronautics and computer design.
The 4-H Gateway Academy is a joint venture of 4-H Youth Development,
UW-Extension, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education
Foundation, the Kern Family Foundation and local school districts.
4-H Gateway Academy Materials
4-H Gateway Academy Checklist (2 pages, 18 KB) This is a document for schools and educators that explains many requirements and
deadlines for the 4-H Gateway Academy.
Sample 4-H Gateway Academy Newsletter (1 page, 23 KB) This is a newsletter ready document to promote the 4-H Gateway Academy.
4-H Gateway Academy Promotional Flyer (1 page, 2 MB) This is another media release that can be adapted and used in local papers or news letters to promote the 4-H Gateway Academy. (Microsoft Publisher Document)
4-H Gateway Academy Final Report This is a link to the final report required by 2011 4-H Gateway Academy sites. Submit online and send copy to Joanna Skluzacek.
Media Alert Example (2 pages, 732 KB) This can be sent to local media outlets telling them about the 4-H Gateway Academy.
4-H Gateway Academy Registration Brochure (2 pages, 230 KB) This is a 2 page brochure that can be used to promote the 4-H Gateway Academy in your county or school.
4-H Gateway Academy Registration (1 page, 87 KB)
One-page registration form used by UW-Extension and 4-H.
Gateway Academy Brochure from PLTW (2 pages, 4.83 MB) This color brochure can be used to promote a Gateway Academy. It does not include any references to 4-H or UW-Extension.
Sample Letter to Send to Families Interested in 4-H Gateway Academy (1 page, 66 KB) This letter created by Tracy Strother might be adapted and sent to families who have expressed interest in the 4-H Gateway Academy.
Open House Invitation (( 1 page, 24.5 KB) This letter can be revised and sent to parents, school adminstrators, local legislators and others who might be invited to an Open House.
Letter Encouraging Families to Enroll in the 4-H Gateway Academy (1 page, 26.5 KB) This letter can be sent to specific youth or families inviting them to enroll in the 4-H Gateway Academy.
Spokesperson Talking Points (1 page, 1.02 MB) These notes might be used to explain and describe a 4-H Gateway Academy and the need for STEM educaiton to interested parties.
Confirmation Letter for 4-H Gateway Academy Enrollment (1 page, 27 KB) This letter can be sent to youth and families to confirm their enrollment and provide details on the upcoming 4-H Gateway Academy.
Camper evaluations are used on the final day of the 4-H Gateway Academy experience.
Guardian evaluations can be sent home with youth the first day of camp to be returned the last day of camp.
Consent form for evaluation (1 page, 86 KB) This form must be read to youth before the evaulation is distributed.
Camper Evaluation (2 pages, 20 KB)
Guardian/Parent Evaluation (1 page, 77 KB)
Teacher Evaluation (1 page, 75 KB)