4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment 2014: Train-the-Trainer Workshop

August 28th, 2014 2:47 PM
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September 11, or October 7 at 6:30 pm, or September 12 at 3:30 pm. The workshop, delivered via distance learning to sites around the state, will equip participants with the experience and resources to deliver the 2014 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) Experiment “Rockets to the Rescue!” Designed for 4-H volunteers, after-school and childcare providers, teachers, and library staff, the workshop provides 2 hours of professional development. Participants must complete the full training to receive CEUs and materials, and will be asked to host at least one NYSD experiment with youth, within 2 months of training.

More information and online registration is available at: http://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/4-htrain-the-trainerworkshop/ Registration will close 10 days prior to the training. Cost: $10 for currently enrolled 4-H volunteers (volunteers must confirm with Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877 for the coupon code to receive this reduced rate) or $25 for non-enrolled volunteers.

4th H for Health Challenge

August 28th, 2014 2:46 PM
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Have you heard about the new 4th H for Health Challenge?  The 4th H for Health Challenge is a fun, simple way to make your club meetings healthier. It’s easy - at four meetings each, serve water, fruits and vegetables as snacks, and do some sort of physical activity for 15 minutes.  Then incorporate any one of these healthy activities at four more meetings and you’re done! 4-H’ers will earn a free 4th H for Health pin and certificate upon completion.

Ready to get started? Visit www.HealthyKidsHub.org/4H to download the Challenge Tracker and find resources for drinking right, snacking smart, and moving more during 4-H meeting times.

Want to learn more? Ask your County 4-H Staff or contact Karen Fullerton at Healthy Kids Out of School email: Karen.Fullerton@tufts.edu | phone: 617.636.0833 for more information.   If we have not yet attended your leader or association council meeting, we are happy to schedule an in-person or online presentation.

Healthy Kids Out of School is an initiative of ChildObesity180 at Tufts University. Regional funding provided by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.

UMaine 4-H Science Saturday – Fun with High Temperatures – Making Beautiful Glass Beads on a Wire

August 28th, 2014 2:45 PM
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Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the University of Maine, Orono, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, open to youth in grades 6 – 8. What happens to materials at high temperatures when they start glowing red-hot or white-hot? Why do some materials withstand high temperatures and others do not? How are high temperature materials used in many important technologies in everyday life? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this hands-on laboratory activity involving high temperature materials. Participants will heat copper and nichrome wires and Borax to extremely high temperatures to make their own piece of jewelry consisting of a beautifully colored glass bead on a wire. The glass bead colors and other properties will be explained by understanding the high temperature reactions and the atomic scale structure of the materials. In addition, participants will learn about research activities being carried out in UMaine’s Laboratory for Surface Science & Technology (LASST) in the area of high temperature sensor materials. Cost is $15.00 per person; register online.

New 4-H Science Toolkit Available – Vernal Pools

August 28th, 2014 2:43 PM
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What is a vernal pool, and why should Maine people care about protecting them?  Based on research at the University of Maine, the Vernal Pools 4-H Science Toolkit includes activities that take youth from learning about biodiversity, to recognizing what a vernal pool is and how scientists determine if a pool is “significant”.  Instructions and materials for visiting and collecting samples from a vernal pool are included! Learn more about this, and our many other fascinating 4-H Science Toolkits, and how to borrow them for your club’s activities.

4-H Animal Science Committees

August 28th, 2014 2:42 PM
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Maine’s Animal Science Committees (ASC) are looking for new members to join.  The ASC is comprised of 4-H volunteers and youth members who work with Extension staff to develop an educational plan for youth in animal programs statewide. Committees plan various educational programs and events available to youth in animal projects throughout the year. One program that volunteers coordinate is the Eastern States program. Volunteers and youth, along with support from 4-H staff, coordinate the teams that represent Maine at the Big E each year in September. There are seven Animal Science Committees, dairy, beef, horse, sheep, dairy goat, dog, and working steer that are looking for volunteers to join their committees. Please consider joining a committee and learn more about them and the application process to join at http://umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/resources/4-h-animal-science-committee-resources/   For more information please contact Michaele Bailey at Michaele.bailey@maine.edu, 207.581.3872 or Donna Flint at donna.flint@maine.edu, 207.324.2814.

UMaine Extension to Offer 4-H National Youth Science Day Training, Penobscot Bay Pilot Reports

August 21st, 2014 7:47 AM
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Penobscot Bay Pilot reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a train-the-trainer workshop for those interested in leading 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) experiments at their work sites. Designed for 4-H volunteers, teachers, library staff and after-school or childcare providers, the workshop will be available via distance learning at sites throughout the state in September and October. NYSD is held annually to promote programming that sparks interest and leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

4-H Camp to Offer Leadership Training for High School Students, Sun Journal Reports

August 7th, 2014 2:02 PM
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The Sun Journal reported the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond is teaming up with Mahoosuc Pathways, an organization that promotes outdoor adventure and connects communities in the Mahoosuc Mountain range of western Maine and northeastern New Hampshire, to offer leadership training for 10 high school students. A Mahoosuc Pathways employee told the Sun Journal the two organizations are paying students to get leadership training by helping build trails on local public conservation lands in August. The project, called the Oxford County Conservation Corps, began two years ago, after Mahoosuc Pathways began looking for a way to get students involved in building and maintaining local trails.

WVII Interviews Mowdy, 4-H Members at Bangor State Fair

August 4th, 2014 12:02 PM
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Brenda Mowdy, a 4-H community education assistant with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and 4-H members were featured in a WVII (Channel 7) report on the group’s work at the Bangor State Fair. “In order to be a state fair, you have to have an agricultural emphasis, and we are it,” Mowdy said of the organization that teaches youth about agriculture.


Eastern States Bus Trip – September 27, 2014

July 25th, 2014 3:49 PM
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It’s time to reserve seats for the buses traveling to Eastern States Exposition (ESE or also called the “Big E”) in West Springfield, Massachusetts for Maine Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

This one-day trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees of the Eastern States Exposition to encourage Maine 4-Hers who don’t presently participate in events at ESE to see the activities that go on for 4-H youth in hopes to bolster their enthusiasm to participate in the future.  Two buses are reserved for us and the northernmost bus will originate in Bangor and they will stop at several points on I-95.  Seats fill up quickly, and we will begin taking registrations immediately.

All youth must go with a chaperone, but because this event is primarily for youth; seats are limited to no more than two adults per child.  The bus ride and admission to the “Big E” are free, but all individuals on this trip are expected to march in the parade at 5 pm.  It works well if you wear a 4-H t-shirt if you have one, and for clubs to bring their club banner to display during the parade.

Items you might want to bring along with you are: light snacks, water, a good book, Rated G movies (there is a DVD player on the bus), a pillow, and a blanket.  There will be rest stops along the way.  Other items to consider bringing: clothing to identify your club, a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a hat with a visor, sun glasses, sun screen, a back pack, personal spending money, a camera, and a watch.  If you have a cell phone, it will be helpful for logistics.  Please include your cell phone number when you register.

Please leave valuable items at home.  We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.  Bus stops will be determined based on location of riders.  Reservations must be made in writing or by e-mail to:
Jessy Brainerd
103B Libby Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5741

When you register, please give the name, age (for adults, just state “adult”), address, home phone and cell phone number of each person in your group.  Reservations are due by Friday, September 5, 2014 (call after this date to check on seat availability).  A confirmation letter will be sent to you two weeks before the trip giving you the time and pick up location.  Pick up will be bright and early in the morning, but the return trip will be staggered.  One bus will leave right after the parade; the second bus will leave after the evening events.  So when you register, let us know if you’d like to return on the early or late bus (we will try to assign you to your preferred bus, however, there are a limited number of seats on each).

Volunteers are needed to serve as Bus Monitors.  Bus Monitors will serve as the contact person for other passengers on their bus, and will make sure everyone gets back on the bus at the rest stop.  If you’d be willing to serve in this capacity, please let us know when you sign up.

If you have questions, please contact Jessy Brainerd at 800-287-0274 or 581-3877.

UMaine Extension 4-H Offers Bug Club

July 14th, 2014 11:47 AM
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a youth 4-H club focusing on entomology from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 4–20, at the UMaine Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias. Activities are designed to teach youth ages 8–10 about the environment through bugs. Cost is $10 per child; registration is limited to 10. For more information, to register or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.255.3345 or email nicole.h.willey@maine.edu.