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4-H Fix: Scrambling to Change the World

Scrambling to Change the World By Ron Drum, Statewide 4-H Program Professional/Associate Director 4-H Resource Development Welcome! Welcome to what we hope will become your monthly “4-H Fix”! A newspaper out of New York City, the New York Times, has, since 1897, sold itself as the paper that prints “all the news that’s fit to […]

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Community Central – Getting Ready for Summer!

Last week, Community Central staff took part in the University of Maine’s Summer of Science (SOS) Train the Trainer day as we continue to prepare for our summer programming. This year’s theme is Seaweed Aquaculture. As part of Community Central, youth across Lewiston and Portland will be exploring different types of seaweed that grow along the Maine […]

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Community Central – #TrueLeader Highlight

The Community Central program is very fortunate to be able to work with many high school students who have committed to the role of Teen Leader. These teens work with Community Central staff on the planning and delivery of STEM-based lessons, games, and family activities. This week, we are highlighting teen leader Mohammed, from Portland. Mohammed […]

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Community Central Exploring Maine – and Beyond!

Fifth graders at McMahon Elementary spent some time learning about space this spring! One week, we looked at lunar volcanoes and how scientists are able to study how lava flowed millions of years ago on the moon and the Earth. First, we looked at how lava flows out of volcanoes. Each lava eruption behaved differently as the terrain changed! Check […]

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Community Central Portland Visits Boston

Last week, a group of teen leaders from Portland traveled to Boston for a day of training and celebrating the upcoming Community Central & Summer of Science programming. On the ride down to Boston, these young leaders completed a reflection activity that looks at becoming a STEM Superstar. Based on an article by the National AfterSchool […]

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Community Central is having a STE(A)M-y Spring Break!

In Lewiston, Community Central youth brought art into their STEM activities over spring break. Youth and Teen Leaders reflected on how they embody the 4-H pledge during program sessions and in their daily lives in order to positively impact their world. We use our Heads, Hearts, Hands, and Health in many ways! We hope all […]

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Community Central: Growing #TrueLeaders

Recently, 4-H launched Grow True Leaders, a campaign to empower youth with the opportunity to share their voice and show that their skills are making a difference in their communities. This week, 4-H Community Central is highlighting one of the members of the Teen Leader team in Lewiston as a #TrueLeader. This past Monday, the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties Extension […]

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Community Central: Springing Ahead at McMahon

In Lewiston, Community Central staff and Teen Leaders have been busy getting into the swing of spring programming. Laura and Maisy are now visiting ten classrooms at McMahan Elementary, bringing experiential learning projects to 3rd-5th graders, over 200 students! In fourth grade, students have spent the last few weeks looking at wind turbines and wind energy with the Power of Wind […]

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4-H STEM Ambassadors and UMF students teach chemistry to 5th-graders in Farmington

Fifth-graders at Cascade Brook School have been learning about chemistry and solutions from the University of Maine at Farmington students who are majoring in secondary science education, in partnership with the 4-H STEM Ambassadors Program, a 4-H youth development program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Read more about the hands-on lessons in the article, UMF students […]

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4-H STEM Ambassadors and UMF students team up to teach science, technology, engineering and math skills in RSU 9 classrooms at no cost to the district

A collaboration between UMaine Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program and the University of Maine at Farmington is getting participating RSU 9 students excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program is called 4-H STEM Ambassadors, and the goal is to have UMF students majoring in education or a STEM-affiliated major go into […]

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