DoD-USDA Partnerships
Tech Discovery
Curriculum

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The OMK Tech Discovery Curriculum is designed for 5th-12th grade Military youth from all branches of service and is focused on developing life skills and increased resiliency that will help mitigate issues related to having a parent or loved one in the deployment cycle. These educational experiences are designed to be delivered in a group learning environment utilizing an experiential learning methodology. These plans will be a great support to youth development programs such as OMK, Yellow Ribbon, camps focused on military children & youth, Family Readiness Groups, etc.
 

The curriculum includes 20 youth educational experiences that focus on building youth 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.
 

These activity plans are only available on-line. Each state and territory will receive 1-2 OMK Tech Discovery Tool Kits that are to be accessible to community and military partners who will be implementing the OMK Tech Discovery curriculum and will provide most of the durable goods needed to implement these educational experiences.  Priority in scheduling use of these OMK Tech Discovery Tool Kits is to be given to supporting military youth with a parent in the deployment cycle 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 OMK Tech Discovery Tool Kits will have to be secured as well.
 
 
 
Getting StartedGet the information you need to understand how the curriculum is designed and how it supports building the intended goals and objectives for OMK 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 OMK 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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OMK 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.

 

 
OMK Tech Discovery Youth Activity Plans
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)
 
Mobilization
6.   Find Your Way – 2 hrs; Internet not 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)
 
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)
 
Re-Integration - Youth and Family
18. Great Rocket Car Challenege – 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– 2 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)
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)

 
The OMK 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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