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.
Judy Smith, community outreach assistant for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Franklin County, spoke with the Sun Journal for an article about a 4-H photo display at the Farmington Fair. Smith said the display is one of several ways 4-H leaders have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of 10 active clubs in Franklin County. She also said she hopes people will identify themselves or others in the photos.
Fenceviewer, the community news and information website for Hancock County, Maine, included an article on the need for participants in a University of Maine-led child food and fitness study called iCook. The five-state, $2.5 million USDA study is designed to prevent childhood obesity by improving culinary skills and promoting family meals. Researchers are seeking 100 children from the Ellsworth, Orono or Dover-Foxcroft areas who are 9 or 10 years old.
The Sun Journal published a photo of 4-H members from Maine with Sen. Angus King during the Citizenship Washington Focus. The national 4-H citizenship and leadership program offers youth the chance to learn about politics and their role as citizens. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
The latest article in the Bangor Daily News column series “Eat this” focused on a University of Maine-led child food and fitness study called iCook. The project is a five-state, $2.5 million USDA study designed to prevent childhood obesity by improving culinary skills and promoting family meals.