Mitch Mason, the 4-H youth development educator for the University of Maine’s Cumberland County Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about Gorham resident David Smith, a well-known member of the area’s farming community whose cabinet shop was heavily damaged in a fire. Mason said Smith is very active in the 4-H program. He teaches children how to take care of their animals, hauls animals to fairs and clinics, makes house calls if children have questions, and teaches a woodworking class at an annual 4-H forum. “David’s one of those folks who’s always around, willing to volunteer,” Mason said.
Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville will host an April vacation day camp for children ages 5–10 that celebrates the outdoors. The camp will be held Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Games, art and exploration will encourage personal growth in harmony with nature. Cost is $150 per child. Register online by April 11, 2014. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868 or email@example.com.
“Kitchen Chemistry” is the focus of a 4-H Science Saturday workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. March 8, 2014 at the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation.
Youth in grades 6–8 will be challenged to identify a problem or opportunity for innovation and invent a product. Once a product is created, a commercial will be made to raise consumer awareness and interest. Lunch will be followed by a presentation of the Mainely Physics Road Show from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Bennett Hall.
Registration is $15 and includes lunch. Maximum enrollment is 25. Registration is available online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Jessica Brainerd at 207.581.3877.
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The Maine Edge previewed the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Science Saturday on November 2 at UMaine’s J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center. Anne Lichtenwalner, an assistant professor and Cooperative Extension veterinarian, and students in UMaine’s Animal and Veterinary Science Program will lead the program titled “Clues Written in Blood.” Participants, youth in grades 6-8, will be able to use microscopes to examine animal blood samples.
Gorham, Maine — Forty-five youth participated in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Robotics Expo on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus.
The event was designed to encourage youth ages 5-18 to develop life skills and build math and engineering skills. At the expo, participants shared ideas and creations with judges in a science fair-type format, built robots and took part in a challenge, during which teams built robots with mechanical arms.
Volunteers, including 4-H members, parents, representatives of the University of Maine Brunswick Engineering Program, American Society of Civil Engineers, USM’s Department of Engineering, Portland Police Department and Robotics Institute of Maine, contributed more than 300 hours to the event.
Through its 4-H Positive Youth Development Programs, UMaine Extension works with robotics clubs across the state. More information about 4-H is available at extension.umaine.edu.
Village Soup reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Knox and Lincoln counties will take part in 4-H National Youth Science Day on November 3, 2013. The event will include a “Maps and Apps” experiment for children ages 9-18.
The Maine Edge reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host a Robotics Expo for youth ages 5-18 on October 19 at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. Activities are planned for those participating in or interested in a 4-H robotics program. Representatives from UMaine’s College of Engineering are also expected to attend the expo.
Lisa Phelps, University of Maine Cooperative Extension program administrator, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network about 4-H for an article on the organization’s 100th birthday. Phelps said even though technology has advanced since the organization’s start, the mission of the UMaine Cooperative Extension’s youth development program remains the same. From the start, the program aimed to help plant new knowledge into old homesteads by teaching children the latest science. The radio station Q 106.5 also included an article previewing the program’s annual awards banquet on October 19.
Orono, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professor Susan Jennings has been named the new Executive Director of the Maine 4-H Foundation and Resource Development Office, effective October 1, 2013.
The Maine 4-H Foundation, based at the University of Maine, is dedicated to fundraising to provide financial support for 4-H youth development programming statewide. It manages an endowment of more than $3 million.
Jennings has been a UMaine Extension faculty member since 1988. Based in South Paris, Maine, Jennings has led Oxford County 4-H Youth Development programs, including University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. She has been dedicated to building local partnerships with schools, organizations and individuals to expand the reach of 4-H.
In Oxford County, Jennings has led 4-H fund development efforts and has developed a number of model youth development programs, including a 4-H Career and Aspirations program; Area Resources for Kids (ARK), an early enrichment program; Western Maine Afterschool Enrichment programs countywide; and Catalyst and Tech Wizards, a science and technology middle school initiative.
Jennings is a UMaine alumna. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from UMaine and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Southern Maine.