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4-H Science Series 2013!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Youth working togetherCome join with other youth and
explore the exciting world
of 4-H science!

Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street, Bath, Maine
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

  • March 20th – Design a Wind Powered Boat
  • March 27th – Design a Pinwheel
  • April 3rd – Lift a Load using Wind Power
  • April 10th -­‐ Can Wind Power produce Electricity?
  • April 17th – Wired for Wind

Registration Information

  • Open to all youth ages 5-­18
  • Youth ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Adult and teen volunteers welcome!
  • No prior experience needed
  • Registration is free and includes all materials
  • Space is limited. Please register at Patten Free Library with Carol.

For more information about the experiments, email Sarah Sparks or call 207-353-5550.

To request a disability accommodation, please call Sarah Sparks at 1-800-287-1458 (toll free in Maine). Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


4-H Science Experiment Series

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Come join us for the 4-H Science Experiment Series, being held Tuesdays, October 2nd – November 6th, starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Patten Free Library in Bath, ME.

October 2nd – Join in the 2012 National Science Experiment 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, and explore how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while taking a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math

October 9thThink Like a Scientist and participate in a secret egg carrying mission

October 16thDiscover Form and Function and practice your engineering skills.

October 23rd – Engineer and design in this exciting Catapult Building Challenge

October 30thSense of Balance – Use the skills from building a catapult to build your own balance beams

November 6thArm in Arm Building – build a robotic arm.

The 4-H Science Experiment Series is:

  • Open to youth ages 5-18 years old (youth ages 5-10 must be accompanied by an adult to participate)
  • Geared to all levels so no prior robot experience is needed
  • Free and materials for the experiment will be provided

Pre-register with Carol at the Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street, in Bath.

For more information about the experiment, contact Sarah Sparks or call (207) 353-5550 or (800) 287-1458 (in Maine), TDD: 1-800-287-8957. Information is also available at the UMaine Extension Events Calendar.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Sarah Sparks at 1-800-287-1458 to discuss their needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least ten days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.

Applications for National 4-H Trips

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Maine 4-H supports several great opportunities for National 4-H trips for ages 14+. Applications deadlines are coming right up! Please email Sarah Sparks if you have any questions, or call 207-353-5550 or 1-800-287-1458 (toll-free in Maine).

Citizenship Washington Focus

Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of July 1 to 7, 2012. CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 15 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel on July 1 to July 7, 2012. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capitol. Learn more about CWF online .

Until we have confirmed the number of participants, we will not know the final cost to each delegate. This is because the number of delegates attending helps us to determine if the group will travel by bus or air. We estimate the cost to each participant this year to be in the range of $350-$550. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 28th.

Participation information and $25 deposit due to Androscoggin/Sagadahoc County office by February 24th.


National 4-H Congress or National 4-H Conference

National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. You can learn more about applying for these trips online.

Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18 is eligible to apply. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by Friday, March 16, 2012.


4-H Volunteer Forum: Robotics!

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Are you a 4-H Volunteer interested in learning more about robotics?  UMaine Extension is offering a forum dedicated to training and networking with other volunteers.  Please join us!

What: Hands On RoboLab Software Training with Tom Barrowman, LEGO® Education.  Laptops, with installed software, are required for this training.  If you need access to the RoboLab software, please contact Sarah Sparks or call 207-353-5550 x15.  Please bring a copy of the 4-H Robotics Curriculum if you have one.  Additional activities are planned following the morning training.

When: Monday, October 17, 2011  9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  RoboLab training is scheduled 9:30-noon.  The afternoon session begins at noon with bring-your-own lunch, and includes

  • Networking with other 4-H Robotics Volunteers
  • Summary of Robotics Opportunities in Maine
  • Knowing and Using 4-H Curriculum
  • Creating Age-Appropriate Activities

Where: UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth ME.  Click here for directions.

Cost: Free

Pre-registration is required: Please contact Lisa Waters or call 207-781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (toll-free in Maine). TDD 1-800-287-8957.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Sarah Sparks at 1-800-287-1458 to discuss their needs at least 10 days in advance.







Topsham Fair 2011!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The Topsham Fair will be opening in just about a month.  Please contact our office for your registration forms for the Horse Show, Pet Show or any other events in which you plan to participate or show.  See you at the fair!

2011 4-H Schedule


8:00 am   4-H Horse Show -Show Ring B

12:30-2:00 pm  Children’s Games (Put on by 4-H Members) Show Ring A

4:00-5:30 pm  4-H Demonstrations -Show Ring A

6:00 pm  4-H Pet Show- Show Ring A

6:30pm   4-H Rabbit Show-Show Ring A


6:00pm   4-H Working Steer

after the working steer show 4-H Sheep Show-Show Ring A


10:00 am-3:00 pm 4-H Demonstrations Show Ring A


10:00 am- 12:00pm  4-H Demonstrations Show Ring A


12:00pm-3:00pm   4-H Demonstrations Show Ring A


To obtain a copy of judging guidelines, please contact UMaine Cooperative Extension Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Counties office at 353-5550.




Maine 4-H Attends National 4-H Conference

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Maine 4-H Ambassadors attended the National 4-H Conference in Washington DC April 2-7, 2011.  Youth selected to represent Maine 4-H learned civic engagement and leadership skills while at the nation’s capitol. 4-Her’s met with senators and legislators during a designated day on Capitol Hill. Delegates attended training workshops, visited government entities and met with state leaders.  4-Her’s were stimulated to think about local needs and issues in a way that promotes youth-adult partnerships. Challenges were issued to delegates to engage youth in Science, the President’s Active Lifestyle Challenge and increase youth town hall meetings and citizenship.

The National 4-H Conference is administered by the National 4-H Council and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Maine 4-H youth are supported by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Pine Tree State 4-H Foundation and local county programs.

4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

2011 4-H National Conference Maine delegates and chaperone

2011 4-H National Conference Maine delegates and chaperone


Relief Efforts for the Hogan Family

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Many of you have inquired how 4-H clubs and individuals can help the Hogan family. The needs of this family are going to extend beyond all the efforts which are planned now. We are encouraging folks not to make material donations- instead consider a gift card or cash donation.

There are multiple relief efforts taking place in the Lisbon community that we’d like to make you aware of:

Hogan Relief Fund Benefit Dinner:

  • Friday, April 8th at the Fireside Inn & Suites, Portland, from  7:00pm-11:00pm. Additional information, including ticket sales, is available online.

Donations :

  • The family’s immediate needs are gift cards to local grocery stores (Hannaford, Food City, Shaws) and department stores (Target, Walmart, Kohls, Visa Gift Cards). Gift cards can be dropped off to the Extension Office, 24 Main Street, Lisbon Falls.
  • Any household items will be stored at Crafts, 7 Center Park Drive, Topsham
  • Lisbon Redemption Center on Rt 196 is the bottle redemption location.  You can drop your bottles off there anytime, just let them know it is for the Hogan Family Relief Fund.

Cash Donations:

  • Hogan Family Relief Fund,  TD Bank,  38 Main St,  Lisbon Falls ME 04252

Please do not hesitate to contact the office with questions or if you need support during this time of loss.

4-H National Youth Science Day!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Youth holding a live starfish; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDAMaine 4-H Youth Learn and Lead on Climate Change

During the month of October, youth in Maine will join hundreds of thousands of young people across the nation as part of 4-H National Youth Science Day, and conduct one simultaneous experiment: 4-H2O, the 2010 National Science Experiment.

4-H2O will:

  • teach youth how carbon dioxide can affect aquatic animals, plants, and other living organisms in lakes, streams, rivers, and oceans;
  • feature a series of interactive activities and discussions to demonstrate the importance of water quality and its relevance to climate change; and
  • show how youth can help reduce their carbon footprint in their own communities.

To combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and careers, 4-H National Youth Science Day will spark an early youth interest in science education. Currently, more than five million youth across the nation take part in 4-H science, engineering, and technology year-long programming. Through the One Million New Scientists, One Million New Ideas campaign, 4-H has undertaken a bold goal to engage one million new young people in science, engineering, and technology programs by the year 2013.

Come join us at one of these events!

  • October 7, 2010, 3:30 pm, Patten Free Library, Bath
  • October 18, 2010, 3:30 pm, Lisbon Falls Public Library
  • October 26, 2010, 3:30 pm, South Portland Public Library
  • October 26, 2010, 5:30 pm, Baxter Memorial Library, Gorham
  • October 27, 2010, 6:30 pm, New Gloucester Public Library
  • November 3, 2010, 3:00 pm, Auburn Public Library

To request more information, or to RSVP, please contact: Sarah Sparks, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 24 Main St, Lisbon, ME 04252 1-800-287-1458 or

4-H’s Citizenship Washington Focus

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-Hers learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD.

Nineteen youth represented Maine 4-H, representing districts across the state, including Thorndike, Stetson, Old Town, Windham, Gorham, Freeport, Limington, Union, Acton, Sabattus, Avon, Farmington and Ellsworth.

For more than 50 years, National 4-H Youth Conference Center has invited 4-H members from across the country to travel to Washington, DC and participate in civic workshops, committees, and field trips before returning home to make positive changes in their own communities. CWF, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer, not only strengthens young people’s understanding of the government’s civic process, but it also boosts their leadership skills, communication skills, and overall confidence. During CWF, youth get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital while meeting with members of Congress to learn more about how their government works.

“CWF is a great opportunity for young people to come together, talk about the problems they see in their communities, and identify solutions to make their communities stronger,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council President and CEO. “The experiences these young people gain during CWF gives them the proper tools and confidence to become successful, articulate leaders in the future.”

4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of National 4-H Headquarters (USDA). The 4-H programs are implemented by the 106 Land Grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country.

2010 4H Senator

Maine 4-H spends day on Capitol Hill. Right to Left FRONT ROW Amanda (Union), Jordan (Sabattus), Brent (Union), Sadie (Avon), Aryn (Gorham), Victoria (Farmington) MIDDLE ROW Lisa (Sabattus), Brianna (Ellsworth), Sara (Windham), Alex (Thorndike), Brittney (Freeport), Kayla (Stetson), Kristy (Lisbon), Audrey (Orono), Justin (Mariaville), Kate (Gouldsboro), Senator Collins BACK Catherine (Phillips), Steven (Stetson), Ben (Limington), Eben (Gorham), Ben (Acton)

4-H Youth Participate in Money Camp

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

4-H youth learned how to start their own business through a 4-week Money Camp offered earlier this summer.  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension offered this introduction to the basics of money, marketing and business with a workshop series geared towards youth.  Participants explored the concepts of being an entrepreneur, savings, credit, insurance, product liability, licensing, writing a business plan and marketing.  4-H youth projects include babysitting, compost, cosmetics, blueberry pies and more.  A local business, Lisbon Community Federal Credit Union, helped to support the program.

4-H is the youth development program of the University of Maine.  To learn more about 4-H contact your local University of Maine Cooperative Extension office.

4-H member selling hand made cards at local farmers market.