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Summer of Science

Monday, July 9th, 2018
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This summer, Community Central Teen Leaders are joining teen leaders and interns across the state to teach the UMaine EPSCOR Summer of Science program.

Young man on right demonstrating activity to young woman sitting on left.

Aisha (teen leader) and Ethan (intern) working on ‘Will It Fly?’ at the teen leader Summer of Science training.

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.

Four young women at table practicing science activity

Teen leaders learning one of the activities from Angel (intern) before teaching the activity to the other teen leaders.

Youth participants across the state will help interns and teen leaders solve engineering problems as they think about how we could get materials to an island to build a clubhouse. Stay tuned to see what our young scientists learn and create!

SOS 2018 partners visual

You can follow Community Central on our Facebook page and find out more about the program on our website.

This material is based upon the work of 4-H Community Central Maine, a project supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture, through a cooperative agreement with The University of Maine under award number 2014-41520-22235
General information about the CYFAR grant program can be accessed online at:
https://nifa.usda.gov/program/children-youth-and-families-risk-cyfar

For further information about the CYFAR-funded project highlighted in this publication, contact:
CYFAR Project Name: 4-H Community Central Maine
Principal Investigator: Kristy L  Ouellette
Email Address: kristy.ouellette@maine.edu

Seeking donations to cover the cost of team jackets for the Eastern States Exposition 4-H Communications Science Team

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
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4-Her gives a public speaking demonstrationYour donation will make an incredible difference to our Maine 4-H public speaking program. Please help.

Eastern States Exposition 4-H Communication Science Team members are raising funds for team jackets and the statewide educational program. The team jackets will be worn by our members as they represent Maine at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA, from September 22 to 24. I hope you have been able to see our 4-H members as they present their demonstrations and illustrated talks at state and county tournaments.

We were very excited that we had a record number of participants in the 2018 State Public Speaking Tournament. The ten top presenters at the state competition who are age 12 or older have been invited to participate on the Eastern States Exposition 4-H Communication Science Team, and will present a variety of demonstrations, illustrated talks, audience participation activities, and readers’ theater presentations on the stage at the New England Center throughout their time at the fair.

Public speaking is a very important life skill. Many 4-H alumni say that public speaking is the most important skill they have taken from their 4-H experience into adulthood.

Our goal is $450 this year to cover the cost of team jackets. Every donation counts and our 4-H members certainly appreciate your generosity. 100% of your donation will go directly to the Eastern States Exposition 4-H Communications Science Team.

Please consider giving today and investing in our youth through the public speaking program for tomorrow.

Donations can be mailed to:

The Maine 4-H Foundation
York Complex #1
Orono, Maine 04469

Memo: Eastern States Exposition 4-H Communications Team

Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
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Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic is being held June 8th through June 10th at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg Maine. Workshops are designed for youth completing project work in the areas of sheep, swine, working steer and horse. Horseless riders are also welcome. Rabies vaccines will be available. A  Big E Try Out for Working Steer is being held Sunday Morning.

Workshops will include washing, clipping, showmanship, animal handling and learning activities around zoonotic disease.

There is a $20.00 registration fee for everyone attending. Camper space is available and meals will be provided starting with breakfast Saturday morning through lunch on Sunday. Check in begins Friday evening after 5:00P.M. For more information about Oxford County June Jamboree please email maisy.cyr@maine.edu or rebecca.mosley@maine.edu. This event is open to 4-H Families from all counties. Adults and youth must preregister online due to insurance regulations and to help with meal and activity planning.

Check with your county office for the online registration link which will be available soon. Registration deadline is May 25th.

Register Starting June 1st for 2018 Maine 4-H Days

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
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Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22, 2018 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms. Find information and registration materials at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/.

Registration opens on June 1st.  If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu or 207.353.5550.

Agricultural Labor Field Day

Friday, March 30th, 2018
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In collaboration, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Labor (DOL) and Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) invites you to participate in the Agricultural Labor Field Day, Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PMat KVCC’s Alfond Recreational Center located on KVCC’s Hinckley Campus in Hinckley, Maine.

The Agricultural Labor Field Day aims to connect young adults interested in professional and academic agricultural careers with local jobs in a variety of agriculture fields and/or undergraduate programming in Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration at KVCC.  This is also an opportunity to meet with workforce training and professional development staff from KVCC and DOL to review your resumes and get job search advice.  In addition, KVCC will also provide tours of their farm during the event.
Schedule of events:

  • 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM– Doors open to the public. Open fair format for participants to visit exhibits and for exhibitors to host interviews
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM– First KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center
  • 12:00 PM –  12:30 PM– Last KVCC Farm Tour leaving the Alfond Rec Center


The event is free and open to the public. 
For more information about this event and other agricultural opportunities please visit the Farm Labor Link Network page.  We look forward to seeing you at our Agricultural Labor Field Day 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Yvette Meunier at 207.592.0640 or yvette.meunier@maine.gov.

Register now for 2018 4-H@UMaine May 18 – 19!

Friday, March 30th, 2018
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Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a nurse? Or to Mod your Minecraft? Or to learn a hip-hop dance with the UMaine Dance Team? For answers to these questions and more, 4-H@UMaine invites you (6th-10th graders) to participate in our fun interactive overnight on UMaine campus with career role models and kids from across the state on May 18-19!  For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich at gregory.kranich@maine.edu or 207.949.3878. Register online http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/4humaine/ – it’s open until April 16th, and space is limited.

Registration Now Open for 2018 Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
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UMaine-led STEM Competition for Maine Middle School and High School Youth Focused on Renewable Energy, Innovation, and Economic Development Slated for May 18, 2018.

The Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge, hosted by the University of Maine, asks teams of students to design and construct a floating platform for a scale model wind turbine, and then delivers a presentation to a panel of expert judges. The event is designed for student teams with a diverse range of experience. We encourage all middle and high school students to participate.

UMaine staff work with teachers or advisors throughout the design and build process. Teams are presented with a guidebook and a simulated test turbine to test their platform prior to competition day.

Participation is free, and a limited number of travel stipends are available to schools with demonstrated need.

We recently published this ~2 minute video highlighting the design, build, and test process with youth from King Middle School in Portland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf2sNWIjngQ

High School Teams are teams of 4 or less high school students. Members of the top qualifying team will be offered an internship at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, contingent upon their enrollment at UMaine, valued more than $20,000.

Middle School Teams are teams of up to 10 middle school students. These groups will test their platform and provide a presentation, just like high school teams, but they will not be considered for the internship award. An alternative award will be granted to the members of a winning middle school team.

For more information, contact Marcy Smith at marcys@maine.edu, or 207.581.2125

4-H Healthy Relationships Teen Council Meeting March 19th

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
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In February, Maine 4-H sent 7 teens to the Healthy Living Summit in Washington D.C. As part of the trip the group created an action plan to bring back to Maine to implement. They chose to focus on helping other youth establish healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives including families, significant others, and friends, in part by helping them to understand their own self-worth. Their goal is to empower kids to connect and create an environment full of healthy relationships. The team will be meeting virtually via Zoom on Monday March 19th 5:00 – 6:30PM and welcome any other youth ages 14-18 who would like to participate in this action plan. For more information about the action plan you can visit our live video at https://www.facebook.com/UMaineExtensionCumberland/videos/10155351926926938/. If you are interested in participating please email Sara Conant, sara.conant@maine.edu or call the Cumberland County Extension office at 207.781.6099.

4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Wildlife Education Training Event April 19-20th Please hold the date!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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Maine will host the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program this July at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia. In preparation, Maine 4-H will have a training event to prepare and select a team to compete in the national event. On April 19th and 20th the Maine 4-H program will host an overnight educational training program and team selection. Plans include an ongoing WHEP event and participation in the national program each year. More information will follow. Cost will be $25 per member all meals and materials included. The training will be held at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Training is open to all youth ages 8-19. Studying a science-based manual, participants:

  • Learn wildlife terms and concepts
  • Learn about wildlife habitat
  • Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat
  • Learn about wildlife habitat management practices
  • Learn about wildlife damage management

To learn more, go to:  https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/whep/ or www.facebook.com/mainewhep or contact Sally Farrell, sarah.s.farrell@maine.edu or 207.324.2814.

February Clover Campaign Supports Maine 4-H Youth

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will partner with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Feb. 1-28 as part of a nationwide in-store fundraiser benefitting state and local 4‑H programming in communities and counties where a store is located.

This is the first year the 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will be available at Jo-Ann stores. Shoppers will have the opportunity to support 4-H by choosing to purchase paper clovers for $1 and $4 at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H to support 4-H youth development activities.

Each Paper Clover will include instructions for a special Valentine’s Day craft idea that customers can create to share with someone special. With the $4 Paper Clover, customers will also receive a coupon for $4 off their next purchase.

To learn more about the national partnership, visit www.4-h.org/JOANN.  More information about Maine 4-H is available online (extension.umaine.edu/4h).