Community Central

Nimo and Marwo: Teen Leaders in Maine and Beyond

Nimo and Marwo have both been involved with the Portland High School 4-H Club and Community Central for about two years. They have taken part in many 4-H activities, including being pages for the House and Senate on UMaine Day, community service projects, college visits in New York and Philadelphia, 4-H Public Speaking, Healthy Living […]

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McMahon City Planners

Over the past two months, sixth graders at McMahon Elementary School have been working on designing public parks for the city of Lewiston. Students were able to experience much of the same process that a city planner would need to go through for a park plan to be approved for development. Students began by brainstorming […]

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Thank you, Summer of Science Interns!

A big thank you to the Summer of Science Interns for all of your work this summer. It is hard to believe summer is almost over! The Summer of Science interns visited forty sites across Androscoggin and Cumberland counties to bring Discovering Your Inner Engineer to hundreds of kids. This summer, interns also mentored teen leaders in […]

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Summer of Science

This summer, Community Central Teen Leaders are joining teen leaders and interns across the state to teach the UMaine EPSCOR Summer of Science program. The Summer of Science program consists of science sessions taught weekly at over 40 sites for six weeks. This year’s theme is Find Your Inner Engineer. Youth participants across the state will help interns […]

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Travels with Community Central

Over their school break in April, Community Central Teen Leaders took the cities by storm. The Portland High School 4-H club, including CYFAR Teen Leaders, went to the Big Apple! The teens take the trip to visit an urban college and to learn American history and civics. There were eleven juniors and seniors who went […]

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Service Projects and Physics: Community Central

Portland The Portland High School 4-H club, including members of CYFAR Community Central, spent January conducting their winter service learning project. The club members planned two meals for 50 people at the Ronald McDonald House in Portland, Maine. The House is a place for family members whose children are patients at the Maine Medical Center. […]

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Community Central Summer of Science

This summer, teen leaders from Lewiston and Portland taught youth across the two cities using the Summer of Science curriculum developed by UMaine Extension and Maine EPSCoR. The summer began with youth enjoying time at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp for a two-day training. Time at Bryant Pond included learning the activities, team building exercises with […]

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Making It Rain – Inside?

Community Central youth have begun looking at climate and weather. Can you make it rain, inside? Yes! Sort of. Using a few easily found/recycled materials youth found that when several forces work together a storm occurs: humidity, temperature, wind, and high/low-pressure systems. Several of these activities use supplies that you might have at home! Information about […]

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Exploring with Community Central

Community Central participants at Front Street in Portland have had a busy few weeks exploring density, polymers, and looking at iron content in breakfast cereal! In Lewiston, 4th Graders finished their exploration of different forms of energy by looking at chemical reactions that produce heat as a by-product and how to build a static electricity […]

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