Archive for the ‘4-H Science’ Category

Annual 4-H Robotics Expo Draws 22 Teams

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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4-Her with robotTwenty-two teams and 76 youth demonstrated their knowledge of robotics and public speaking at the 8th Annual 4-H Robotics Expo on March 29, at the University of Maine at Machias.

Youth also took part in a challenge activity and attended workshops presented by faculty and staff from the UMM and University of Maine.

Jen Lobley, Extension educator in Washington County for 14 years, said 4-H provides learning opportunities that teach leadership, citizenship and life skills. “Today’s event did all of that,” she said. “Our youth participants collected over 550 items of food to be donated to the Machias Area Food Pantry and they demonstrated a number of life skills, including leadership, teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving, and communication.

“Each year the projects grow in complexity, as does the confidence of the youth,” Lobley said. “When we started this event eight years ago, only a handful of kids tried the challenge activity. This year, we had over half our participants sign up for the activity. It builds resiliency, that’s for sure.”

For more information about 4-H and volunteering, contact the Washington County UMaine Extension office, 207.255.3345, 800.287.1542 (in Maine),

UMaine Extension Offers Tractor and Farm Equipment Safety Class

Monday, March 17th, 2014
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Youth on tractorA University of Maine Cooperative Extension tractor and farm machinery safety course will be held 5-7 p.m. five consecutive Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, April 15, at Ingraham’s Equipment, 3 Knox Ridge South, Knox.

This class is designed for youth ages 14-16 to earn federal certification to operate farm machinery as part of their employment. It is also appropriate for adults who want to learn how to drive tractors and operate implements. Participants will be expected to operate machinery during class. A written and driving exam will be administered at the final session in May; it is required for those wishing to earn federal certification.

A $20 enrollment fee pays for a manual and safety equipment. Pre-registration is requested so course materials may be sent to enrollees prior to the first class. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension in Waldo County at 1.800.287.1426.

School for Poultry Producers Focuses on Best Practices, Bird Health

Monday, February 10th, 2014
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA) will offer a daylong school for poultry producers Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

Topics will include best management practices, bird health, and disease prevention for egg layers and meat birds. Additional topics include poultry nutrition, poultry product quality, and organic practices.

The school is designed for farmers with a poultry enterprise and is appropriate for backyard keepers, bird fanciers, and 4-H teens. The $25 fee ($10 for MPGA members) includes a reference notebook, a poultry break-even calculator and refreshments. Participants should bring their lunch.

The Maine Farm Bureau and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association are co-sponsors. For more information and to register, visit or call UMaine Extension, 207.781.6099. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine only).

UMaine Extension’s 4-H Science Saturday All About Spuds

Friday, December 6th, 2013
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The science of cooking and consuming spuds is the theme of a University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Saturday on Jan. 25 at Hitchner Hall on the UMaine campus in Orono.

Dr. Jason Bolton, assistant extension professor and food safety specialist, and Kate Yerxa, Extension educator, will lead the program for as many as 25 youth in grades 6-8. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bolton and Yerxa will address storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. Participants will also bake potatoes, prepare a potato bar with toppings for lunch and discuss MyPlate recommendations and how spuds can be part of a healthy diet. Youth also will be introduced to kitchen basics and safety.
The $12 program fee includes lunch. Pre-registration is required and may be done on online at Or, to register, for more information or to request a disability accommodation. contact Jessica Brainerd at 207.581.3877. After the program, participating youth, if accompanied by a parent, may swim at UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center pool for an additional $3 per person.

One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more…. The science behind cooking and eating spuds.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more….
The science behind cooking and eating spuds.
Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch!  We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc).

This 4-H Science Saturday will take place on January 25, 2014 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at Hitchner Hall, at the University of Maine in Orono (with a snow date of February 8, 2014); there is room for a maximum of 25 participants in grades 6 – 8. This event will be hosted by Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator.

Register online at:, or, for more information contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail

Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days

Monday, October 28th, 2013
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Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or   207.581.3877.

Robotics Expo

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
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You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus. The event is open to any youth, ages 5-18, participating in or interested in 4-H robotics program.  Prior robotics experience is not needed to attend.  In the morning, individuals and teams will have the opportunity to share their ideas and creations with judges and other participants in a non-competitive ‘science fair’ format. During the day, youth participate in a workshop and in an on-site challenge event.  Pre-registration is required.

To learn more information, please visit the information page, or contact Sarah Sparks, 1-800-287-1458 or if you have any questions.

4-H National Youth Science Day

Friday, September 20th, 2013
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Explore your World!

The 2013 National Science Experiment, 4-H Maps & Apps, explores how geography and geographic information systems (GIS) help people make smart decisions that improve lives, respect our natural resources, and make a positive impact in our world.

In this year’s experiment, 4-H Maps & Apps, young people will become geospatial thinkers as they design and map their ideal park, use GIS mapping to solve community problems and contribute data about their community to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Join in the 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment, Maps & Apps! at Topsham Public Library!

  • When:  November 23rd, 1:00 pm
  • Where:  Topsham Public Library
  • Who:  Any youth, ages 9-18
  • How:  Register at the library.  Space is limited.

SciGirls Training Comes to Lisbon Falls, Maine!

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
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SciGirls®, the popular PBS Kids series, will deliver a free training workshop for educators and STEM professionals at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Lisbon Falls on Thursday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The University of Maine College of Engineering and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension/4-H will host the workshop.  Registration is required.

Who should attend? K-12 educators, formal and informal; career and technical professionals; higher education faculty; business and government leaders. We particularly encourage participation by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals who wish to get involved with organizations dedicated to increasing the numbers of girls in STEM.

Visit the National Girls Collaborative Project registration page to sign up.

Registration will close one week before the training.  Space is limited, so sign up early!  Beverages and snacks will be provided by your hosts, please plan to bring a lunch.

SciGirls presenter Sarah Carter says that participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM.  SciGirls integrates inquiry- based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity.
SciGirls is a PBS Kids television series that seeks to change how tweens think about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. In each episode, bright, curious real girls put STEM to work. Viewers can check out the website to play games, watch episodes, share projects, and connect with other SciGirls in a totally safe social networking environment.

Space is limited, so please sign up early!  If you have any questions, please contact Laura Wilson at 581.2971; or


Celebrate Awesome! 2013 Engineering Expo

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
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Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus, suggested $2 per person donation at the door.  Over 1,500 children and adults are expected to experience first hand the many contributions that Maine Engineers make to our communities and way of life.  Maine’s top engineering firms, engineering schools, educators, government agencies, industry, and engineering societies will provide hand on activities and exhibits throughout the field house.  The fun, dynamic, and positive environment will help encourage our youth to pursue careers in engineering and provide a diverse and vigorous workforce for the future.

For more details visit the Maine Engineering Promotional Council.