Summer of Science

July 9th, 2018 4:01 PM
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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

The Big E New England Center Demonstration Team

June 28th, 2018 2:24 PM
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Maine 4-H is going to The Big E! Sign up now to join the New England Center Demonstration Team. Travel dates are September 22nd, 23rd and 24th. A $25.00 registration fee includes travel by coach bus to and from The Big E, meals and two nights lodging in the Moses Dormitory on the fairgrounds. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Youth will work in teams demonstrating STEM activities and 4-H projects. Join our group now and help show fair goers what Maine 4-H is all about!

Top finishers in the Maine 4-H Public Speaking Tournament who earned a spot on the Maine 4-H Communications Team will be traveling with us and presenting from the New England Center Stage.

Participants will need money to purchase meals on the bus ride down and back along with any spending money you wish to bring for your stay at the fair. There is a lot to do and see at The Big E Fair www.thebige.com/ that is free of cost!

Open to youth ages twelve and older. Register and pay online before August 1st at https://extension.umaine.edu/forms/county-offices/oxford/2018-maine-4-h-big-e-new-england-center-demonstration-team-form/

Contact Becky at rebecca.mosley@maine.edu or 207-743-6329 for more information. For questions pertaining to the Maine Communication Team please contact sheila.norman@maine.edu.Volt trained and enrolled volunteers who are interested in chaperoning should contact Becky Mosley.

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

June 19th, 2018 8:27 AM
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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

Maine 4-H Days

May 21st, 2018 1:50 PM
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UMaine student hugging a cowJuly 20 – 22, 2018
Windsor Fairgrounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg, Maine

Find information and registration materials on our website. Registration opens on June 1st. For more information or questions, please contact Sarah Sparks at sarah.sparks@maine.edu or 207.353.5550. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the required forms.

Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer, and Horse Clinic

May 21st, 2018 1:42 PM
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horses and UMaine studentsJune 8-10, 2018
Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg, Maine

Oxford County 4-H June Jamboree Livestock Clinic, Working Steer and Horse Clinic is being held June 8 through June 10 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 diseases.

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 5:00 P.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 pre-register online due to insurance regulations and to help with meal and activity planning. Registration deadline is May 25.

4-H National Trip (Congress and Conference) and Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Winners

May 21st, 2018 1:35 PM
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We recently held interviews for National Trips in Lisbon and Orono. Please, join us in congratulating the following winners for this year’s National Trips, and also the delegates selected for the Citizenship Washington Focus trip in July. We are proud to have you represent Maine 4-H!

Winners for the National 4-H Congress will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia in November are: Faith D. from Franklin County, Sophie P. and Amelia S. from Cumberland County, Mackensie S. from Waldo County, and the alternate if someone cannot make the trip, will be Gabrielle H. from Piscataquis County.

Winners for the National 4-H Conference will be traveling to Washington DC in April 2019 are:  Janie B. from Kennebec County, Andrew D. from Franklin County, Jessica F. from Cumberland County, Mackenzy L. from Kennebec County and the alternate if someone cannot make the trip will be Devyn H. from Cumberland County.

Delegates to Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) that will be traveling to Washington DC, the week of the 4th of July are: Samuel P. from Washington County, Savannah and Nathan D. from Knox Lincoln County, Marcus V., Ana S., Abbie K., and Ryan I., from Waldo County, Eugene L. from Kennebec County, Bradley S., Noah and Caleb M., Allison B. from Franklin County, Don S., Natalie D, Matthew D., Lauren P. from Cumberland County, Josiah D from Penobscot County, Gretchen G., Richard H. from Somerset County, Jacob M. from Oxford County.

University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training

May 21st, 2018 1:26 PM
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shooting instructor on range with studentThe 4-H Shooting Sports program has been steadily growing and the demand for new instructors is growing quickly. This training is for anyone that would like to create a 4-H club that offers archery, rifle, or other disciplines. It is also for folks that simply want to be able to offer shooting activities at outreach events, rod and gun clubs, etc.

Instructors than have access to the equipment held by the Maine 4-H Shooting Sports program to support these activities. The training is a Saturday-Sunday program and includes meals and lodging right here at University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond. We are offering instruction in Archery, Rifle, Shotgun, or Pistol. You can find more information on our website or call 207.665.2068.

Youth Field Day

May 21st, 2018 1:17 PM
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Sunday, June 3, 2018
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond

Camper holding a fishing rod and fishThe University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond will be hosting our annual Youth Field Day on June 3 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Youth Field Day is a free community day open to everyone! Bring the family, friends, neighbor or anyone that would enjoy a fun doors outdoors. We offer over 20 program areas that you can simply drop in or out of at your pace.

Activities will include archery, trout fishing, geology, wildlife ecology, canoeing and kayaking, farm and garden tours, and a great deal more. Lunch is provided for $5.00 per person. Plan to join us for a few hours, or the day! You may also plan a picnic lunch on your own. We have a hiking trail to the summit of Mount Christopher for folks that would like to stay longer. For more information, email ronald.fournier@maine.edu or visit our website.

Photo Contest!

May 21st, 2018 1:10 PM
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Maine 4-H Foundation logoFrom Susan Jennings, Maine 4-H Foundation

We know we make a huge difference in the lives of Maine youth through 4-H. I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication our 4-H staff make across Maine. The Maine 4-H Foundation had a great year in 2017 raising over $748,000 in donations and investment income! A great deal of this funding was restricted to your programs! Good job! Our goal for 2018 is to continue to increase our support to 4-H programs across Maine. To make this happen the Maine 4-H Foundation needs to hear about your great programs and see youth in action! Becky Mosley suggested a statewide photo contest and the Foundation Board agreed! Photos make all of the difference! The Maine 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce a new youth, volunteer, and staff photo contest.

To win, submit as many photos (with photo releases) as you like to Susan Jennings by September 1, 2018. Photos need to be originals, have a photo release (for people in the photo), and include the copyright release from the photographer. They need to be digitally submitted to susan.jennings@maine.edu. Please add your name, email contact, age, and photo release information.

Maine Junior Solar Sprint

May 21st, 2018 12:58 PM
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Youth competing in Solar Sprint with their solar-powered vehiclesSaturday, June 2, 2018
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Paris Elementary School

The Junior Solar Sprint is a National competition for 5th-8th graders, designed to help youth use ingenuity and the engineering design process to create a solar powered vehicle. Students learn valuable hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills, while also learning about the benefits and importance of renewable energy. This spring, hundreds of students across the State of Maine have been creating solar powered cars in their classrooms, after school programs, 4-H Clubs, and more. The public is more than welcome to attend this fun-filled and exciting state final race!

Awards will be given out in the following categories:

  • craftsmanship
  • creative recycling
  • kids’ choice
  • innovation
  • technical merit
  • speed

We would like to especially thank our 2018 sponsors; please check out our website for more information.