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.
The Bangor Daily News and WABI (Channel 5) included articles on the presence of 4-H members at local fairs. Members of 4-H, the youth development branch of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, celebrated the group’s 100th birthday at the Bangor State Fair and displayed results of hard work at the Northern Maine Fair in Presque Isle.
The Daily Bulldog reported on Franklin County 4-H Camp’s celebration of 100 years of 4-H in Maine. The 4-H program is part of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Ron Fournier, summer camp director of the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond, recently hosted an educational archery session with his wife Dee at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. Fournier, who is also a 4-H-certified shooting sports safety instructor for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, told the Lakes Region Weekly the activity is “great, wholesome recreation.”
An article in the Journal of Extension titled “Maine 4-H Afterschool Academy — A Professional Development Opportunity for Out-of-School-Time Providers” stated participants of the Maine 4-H Afterschool Academy successfully learned concepts related to 4-H and 4-H science through a combination of in-person and Web-based education opportunities. The study found 86 percent of the 369 participants in 2011 reported feeling more confident in incorporating science, engineering and technology in their after-school program. The article was written by Jennifer Lobley, Extension educator for volunteer development, and Kristy Ouellette, Extension 4-H youth and family development educator.
More than 100 middle school students from across the state will be at the University of Maine this weekend taking part in the Maine Invention Convention state competition and 4-H@UMaine event.
The Maine Invention Convention is a statewide competition promoting important life and work skills for Maine middle school students, according to the competition’s website.
“The competition challenges students to identify real-world problems they can solve by inventing,” says Angela Marcolini, innovation engineering outreach coordinator and instructor at UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation. “Students are encouraged to focus on the innovation process more than the final product.”
The event is open to any Maine student in grades six through eight and takes the place of a traditional science fair. Throughout the school year, students identify and solve problems by using a four-step, systematic approach to innovation, the website states.
The students compete at a local level to determine who will attend the state competition at UMaine where they will be judged on categories related to innovation engineering, Marcolini says.
Around 80 students from 11 schools, as well as a few who are home-schooled, are expected to arrive at the New Balance Student Recreation Center starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18.
The students will display their projects from 9 a.m. to noon and will be judged during that time. In the afternoon, the students, along with family and friends, will have the opportunity to attend 4-H@UMaine workshops and take a campus tour before the 4 p.m. awards ceremony.
The top three students in each grade will be awarded a medallion, the top winner in each grade will receive a $50 savings certificate from Bangor Savings Bank, and the overall winner will receive an additional savings certificate and two tickets to TEDxDirigo GENERATE, a conference that aims to celebrate innovation and creativity in Maine.
A people’s choice and 4-H choice award will also be given.
The Maine Invention Convention competition is a collaboration between the Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and an Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Grant from the National Science Foundation through Bruce Segee, UMaine associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.
The event has existed for more than 20 years and was previously run by school departments, Marcolini says. This is the first year UMaine is running the program.
For more information or to request disability accommodations, call Marcolini, 207.408.1993. Information is also available online.
The 4-H@UMaine event is open to students age 12–17 and offers a chance for them to become familiar with college life and what UMaine has to offer. Around 75 students from around the state are expected to attend this year’s event.
Students, who will come to campus at 3 p.m. Friday, May 17, will stay in dorm rooms, eat at dining halls and attend workshops by UMaine professors in a variety of subjects before leaving at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
4-H@UMaine began in 2007 and is sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension with additional funding from the Maine 4-H Foundation and Bangor Savings Bank, according to Debra Kantor, UMaine Cooperative Extension educator.
“We’re very excited about partnering with the Foster Center for Student Innovation this year,” Kantor says.
For more information or to request disability accommodations, call Kantor, 207.474.9622. Information is also available online.
Save the Date! The Maine 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting
May 16, 2013
Buchanan Alumni House – McIntire Room
160 College Avenue, Orono, ME
Luncheon & Presentations 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Highlights include congratulating our 2013 scholarship award recipients, hearing their 4-H stories, and celebrating 100 years of 4-H in Maine.
Please plan on joining us! Details, including how to RSVP, will be shared soon. If you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive an invitation, please e-mail Dana Rickman at firstname.lastname@example.org.