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UMaine 4-H Science Saturday

Problems to Products: Inventor’s Challenge

Saturday, March 8, 2014
University of Maine, Orono, Maine

4-H inventors; photo by Edwin Remsberg

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM:
Foster Center for Student Innovation (includes lunch)

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM:
Mainely Physics Road Show, Bennet Hall
(Parents are encouraged to join this portion of the event)

Open to youth in grades 6 – 8
Maximum participants: 25

Register is closed.

Get ready for some “kitchen chemistry!” In this workshop, you will be challenged to identify a problem or opportunity for innovation and invent a product that will get your customers excited. You will begin by using tools to help you generate “meaningfully unique” ideas. Then, after creating a dozen or so ideas, you will choose your favorite idea and spend the rest of time making it a reality. Once you have created your product you will make a commercial that gets your customers excited to try and buy.

Cost: $15 per person (includes lunch)

Required: Fill out and mail the two forms listed below to Jessica Brainerd, 103 Libby Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5741.

  • 4-H Program Participation Permission, Agreements, and Health Form (PDF | Word)
  • 4-H Photo Release Form (PDF | Word)


For more information, contact Jessica Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Jessica Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine), 207.581.3877 or 800.287.8957 (TDD), or e-mail to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 5 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

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