University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Maine 4-H Science
Description of Project: This project provides an experiential learning opportunity for youth in Maine by providing materials needed to successfully complete experiential learning science-based activities. Groups and youth develop an interest in science through hands on learning. Youth learn life skills through completing these projects. They can study the process of science, engineering and technology, while working as a team to ensure the success of their project.
Guidelines for Participation:
- Participants can include classroom teachers, 4-H clubs, 4-H leaders, 4-H members, and after school program staff.
- Participants are required to put down a $25 deposit, which will be returned when equipment is returned undamaged. If equipment is damaged or not returned, the deposit money will be used to purchase new equipment.
- Participants are responsible for replenishing consumable materials used during their project.
- Kits are available for sign out for up to one month at a time.
- Participants are invited to make a donation of up to $25 to cover the cost of curriculum and equipment maintenance. This helps to ensure the continuation of the project for years to come.
- It is recommended that photo release forms be signed for any photographs taken that could be in public view. Help to share your story, please share your pictures (and release forms) with us when you return the 4-H science toolkits.
4-H Science Tool-Kit Includes:
- Lesson plans for 4-H Science activities
- Materials to support lesson plans
- Itemized list of materials in kit
- 4-H Life Skill wheel and definitions
- University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff as resources
- General release form for youth and adults
Planning to Participate:
There are a limited number of kits available from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office. Participants will need to reserve their kits ahead of time with office staff. To reserve a project kit, contact the Androscoggin/Sagadahoc County office at 353-5550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project participants will need to plan ahead in order to consider many factors that go into the project or activity they are planning. Things to consider before the start of the project might include:
- Youth meeting times (frequency, date and time)
- 4-H volunteer or adult supervision (many activities require assistance and supervision from adults)
- Travel time to pick up and return 4-H Science tool kits
- Is the season or weather a factor?
- How might youth react if the outcome is unexpected? What could be done to change or improve the outcome for next time?
Impact and Expected Outcomes:
- Possibility for hundreds of youth to be exposed to 4-H Science or group setting with hands on learning project
- Self-sustaining project
- Experiential learning opportunity for youth
- Appreciation for the time, energy and commitment from scientists
- Target life skills
- Youth will have fun learning by doing