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Thank you, Summer of Science Interns!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
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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!

Summer of Science interns holding 4-H science banner

2018 Summer of Science Interns.

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 delivering programming.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and have a great year at school!

SOS 2018 partners visual

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:

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:

Eastern States Bus Trip, Saturday, September 15, 2018

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
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It’s time to reserve seats for the buses traveling to Eastern States Exposition (ESE or also called the “Big E”) in West Springfield, Massachusetts for Maine Day on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

This one-day trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees of the Eastern States Exposition to encourage
Maine 4-Hers who don’t presently participate in events at ESE to see the activities that go on for 4-H youth in hopes to bolster their enthusiasm to participate in the future.  Two buses are reserved for us and the northernmost bus will originate in Bangor and they will both stop at several points on I-95.  Seats fill up quickly, and we will begin taking registrations immediately.

All youth must go with a chaperone, but because this event is primarily for youth; seats are limited to no more than two adults per child – chaperones must be the parent or legal guardian of the 4-H member, or an enrolled VOLT trained volunteer.  The bus ride and admission to the “Big E” are free, but all individuals on this trip are expected to march in the parade at 5 pm.  It works well if you wear a 4-H t-shirt if you have one, and for clubs to bring their club banner to display during the parade.

Items you might want to bring along with you are: light snacks, water, a good book, Rated G movies (there is a DVD player on the bus), a pillow, and a blanket.  There will be a rest stop along the way.  Other items to consider bringing: clothing to identify your club, a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a hat with a visor, sun glasses, sun screen, a back pack, personal spending money, a camera, and a watch.  If you have a cell phone, it will be helpful for logistics.  Please include your cell phone number when you register.

Please leave valuable items at home.  We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.  Bus stops will be determined based on location of riders.  Reservations must be made in writing or by e-mail to:
Jessy Brainerd
103B Libby Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5741

When you register, please give the name, age (for adults, just state “adult”), address, home phone, and cell phone number of each person in your group.  Reservations are due by Friday, September 1st (call after this date to check on seat availability).  A confirmation email will be sent to you a week before the trip giving you your time and pick up location.  Pick up will be bright and early in the morning, and both buses will be leaving The Big E at 7:00 pm.

Volunteers are needed to serve as Bus Monitors.  Bus Monitors will serve as the contact person for other passengers on their bus, and will make sure everyone gets back on the bus at the rest stop.  If you’d be willing to serve in this capacity, please let us know when you sign up.

If you have questions, please contact Jessy Brainerd at 800-287-0274 or 581-3877.

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:

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:

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 or 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:

Registration opens on June 1st.  If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Sarah Sparks at 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

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 or 207.949.3878. Register online – 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:

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, 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 If you are interested in participating please email Sara Conant, or call the Cumberland County Extension office at 207.781.6099.