Archive for the ‘Youth Event’ Category

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

Come to Orono for the 2018 4H@UMaine May 18-19!

Thursday, December 28th, 2017
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Planning has started and the wheels are in motion thanks to the efforts of a tremendous team! We are looking forward to another great event this year, and there are some exciting changes in the works! Stay tuned for details. For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich at or 207.581.3292.

Save the Date for 2018 Maine 4-H Days

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
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Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877.

UMaine 4-H Science Saturday: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Chicken

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
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Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to join us Saturday, October 28th from 11am-3pm at Witter Farm on the University of Maine campus in Orono to learn how to prepare delicious smoked chicken with our own Dr. Colt Knight! First, we will learn the art of preparing a whole chicken, and learn about how to safely handle raw chicken meat. We will explore how to include chicken as part of a healthy, balanced diet, as well as talk about different ways to season and prepare chicken meat. And finally, we will be enjoying our smoked chicken for lunch.

Space is limited, so register today at the following link: by October 20, cost is $10, and includes lunch.

Oxford County June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
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Oxford County June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic is being held June 29th through July 2nd at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg Maine. Workshops are designed for sheep, swine, working steer and new this year we will be offering horse tracts on Saturday and Sunday. We have a vet providing rabies vaccines.

There is a $20.00 registration fee, which includes meals starting with breakfast on Friday morning and tent or camper space. You may arrive Thursday evening after 5:00. For more information about Oxford County June Jamboree please email Diane Gushee at or This event is open to 4-H Families from all counties. Adults and youth must preregister to help with meal and activity planning. Youth who do not have animals are welcome to attend and learn about the 4-H Animal Science Program. Everyone is welcome to join us for a Canoe Trip on the Saco Friday morning! Get to know other 4-H members before the workshops begin. Canoeing is open to everyone. Parental supervision required.

Register and view tentative schedule at|

Register Now for 2017 Maine 4-H Days

Friday, April 28th, 2017
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Maine 4-H Days will take place July 21 – 23, 2017 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 May 1st.  If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877.

Register now for 2017 4-H@UMaine May 19 – 20!

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat a bug? Or to invent an iPhone app? 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 onMay 19-20!

For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich at or 207.949.3878.

Register online – it’s open until April 17th, and space is limited.

UMaine 4-H Science Saturday: Explore Rocks and Minerals

Monday, February 27th, 2017
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Have you ever found yourself wondering what exactly a mineral is? Where gemstones come from? What about the differences between a gem and a mineral? Join us to find out! From addressing mineral misconceptions, to identification, to an exciting scavenger hunt, you can learn all about Maine’s minerals and gemstones with us!

10:00 am – 1:00 pm on March 25th for youth in grades 6 – 8 at the University of Maine in Orono; cost is $10, and includes lunch.  Registration deadline is March 17th.

Register online at:

State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts will be held Sunday, February 19, 2017; at the University of Maine at Augusta, in Room 218 of the Randall Student Technology Center (RSTC).

Quiz Bowl Tryouts are open to all enrolled 4-H dairy project members ages 9 – 18. Attendance at Quiz Bowl Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.  For more information, please contact 4-H Dairy Animal Science Committee Coordinator, Stephanie Smith at 207.860.0979 or  Questions can also be addressed to Debra Kantor at 800.287.1495 or, or Judy Smith at 800.287.1478 or

2017 Engineering Expo

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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Celebrate curiosity, innovation, imagination, technology and Maine’s future at the 2017 Engineering Expo!  Join in the celebration of Engineers Week for students and their families, teachers and friends.  On Saturday March 4, 2017 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Costello Field House. Recommended $2.00 donation – for more information visit