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4-H Electric Program

North Carolina

About the Electric Program


The Electric Program is coordinated through the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and sponsored by:

Duke Energy

Dominion NC Power

NC Assoc.of Electric Cooperatives

Photo of a 4-h'er holding his electric workshop project.
Photo of several 4-h'ers down of the floor testing their projects to see if they are working corectly.
4-h'ers receive awards at electric congress banquet.

The 4-H Electric Program is an informal hands-on youth program conducted by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and its professional 4-H agents and volunteer adult leaders located in all 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation. Youth learn about the fundamentals of electricity, renewable energy technologies, and energy conservation. Activities include learning how to solder, learning the difference between series and parallel circuits, and assembling can lamps. Youth learn many life skills while participating in this program, but also generate more enthusiasm for science and technology.

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Electric Congress


The banner that greets 4-h'er as they arrive at Electric Congress days each year. It says Welcome to North Carolina 4-H Electric Congress.


The Way We Were...

      The N.C. 4-H Electric Program is steeped in the states extension history. It dates back to the days when extension electrification demonstration programs were essential to the success and development of rural America and its farms. The demonstration trailer shown below was widely used in 1937 to demonstrate how electricity could be use in the home and on the farm.

      Photo of a 1937 trailer hitiched to the back of a car. The trailer is marked with the words Electrification Electric Home equipment.


          Back in the day Electric Congress was known as the Farm and Home Electric Congress.


          old award winers from the 1940's old electric demonstration
          award winners 1950 1960 club members giving a demonstration


          Library of congress electricity posters from the early 1940-1950's.
          President Roosevelt issued an executive order that created the Rural Electrification Administration (REA). May 20, 1936, Congress passed the Rural Electrification Act. The REA was part of a relief package designed to stimulate an economy still in the grip of the Great Depression.


          electricity poles 1950 electricity on every farm