Posts Tagged ‘4-H Community Central’

Thank you, Summer of Science Interns!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

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:
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

Summer of Science

Monday, July 9th, 2018

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

Travels with Community Central

Friday, May 4th, 2018
Over their school break in April, Community Central Teen Leaders took the cities by storm.
The Portland High School 4-H club, including CYFAR Teen Leaders, went to the Big Apple!
ten teens and chaperone group photo at General Assembly at the United Nations

PHS 4-H visits the General Assembly room at the United Nations.

The teens take the trip to visit an urban college and to learn American history and civics. There were eleven juniors and seniors who went on the trip with two adult volunteers. Highlights included a visit to NYU admissions, a touching visit to the 9/11 memorial and a tour of the United Nations. Several students want to study criminal justice and be a police officer so the students asked NYPD officers a lot of questions on the trip.

The teens have been planning the trip since October. The teens had to identify potential colleges and sites to visit, conduct service learning projects, and attend leadership meetings in order to go on the trip. The teens also met with mentors on a weekly basis and maintained their grades and school attendance. Many of the teens loved visiting NYC but most came to the conclusion that they would prefer a college with more green space and less traffic!
A big thanks to volunteers Glenn and Jennifer for chaperoning!

A big thanks to volunteers Glenn and Jennifer for chaperoning!

Teen Leaders from Lewiston and the Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Teen Council went to Boston!

teens group photo outside museum

Teen Leaders from Lewiston and Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Teen Council at the Boston Museum of Science.

Gray rainy days don’t scare away Main-ahs! Teen Leaders from Community Central in Lewiston and members of the Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Teen Council went to the Boston Museum of Science to explore new information, celebrate the work they have done this year, and get ready for summer programming.

This summer teen leaders will be teaching engineering concepts to younger 4-H members. We kicked off their training by visiting the OMNI Theaters presentation of Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

teenager and a 4-H youth at an engineering table at museum

Exploring Engineering concepts and looking forward to summer!

The teens collected a lot of ideas for future sessions with kids and have started sharing all of their new ideas with our 4-H youth. We’re looking forward to summer!

 

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

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Last week was the final classroom session of the year for 3rd-graders at McMahon Elementary in Lewiston. The youngest members of 4-H Community Central spent a couple of months learning about Force and Motion through a wide range of fun 4-H projects!

Testing different materials to look at friction and speed.

Testing different materials to learn about speed and friction.

 

Do you think the bump in the road made a difference in the car's speed?

Do you think the bump in the road made a difference in the car’s speed?

 

Testing catapults! Many students were successful in getting their cotton ball to land inside the cup - inside the metal tray!

Testing catapults: Many students were successful in getting their cotton ball to land inside the cup – inside the metal tray!

Fishing With Magnets: What materials will be attracted to the magnet wand?

Fishing With Magnets: What materials will be attracted to the magnet wand?

 

How is the glove 'attracted' to the magnet wand?

How is the glove ‘attracted’ to the magnet wand?

Several 3rd-graders also attend the 21st Century afterschool program at McMahon and will continue STEM exploration with 4-H there – right now they are taking a look at how fragile ecosystems are and how important Alewives are to Maine.

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

Service Projects and Physics: Community Central

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Portland

The Portland High School 4-H club, including members of CYFAR Community Central, spent January conducting their winter service learning project. The club members planned two meals for 50 people at the Ronald McDonald House in Portland, Maine. The House is a place for family members whose children are patients at the Maine Medical Center. Volunteers cook the families a homemade meal each night so that they don’t have to eat out at expensive restaurants.

The 4-H Club members planned two different meals then they purchased the food and prepared the meals. The first meal was a delicious Rice Biryani dish with fruit salad and vegetables. The second meal was a Chicken Pesto Pasta with cooked carrots, garlic bread, and brownies.

young man smiling using blender

While conducting the service project, the teens learned about planning a healthy meal for people they didn’t know. The teens considered how families who were stressed and worried might want comfort food that was still healthy. The teens also had to consider meals that could be refrigerated for later use. The teens toured the Ronald McDonald House and learned the various reasons children in Maine might have a prolonged visit to a hospital.

group of teens and adults at kitchen counter

Mitch Mason, Master Gardner volunteers, and Portland High students preparing a meal for Ronald McDonald House.

Lewiston

Third-graders at McMahon Elementary in Lewiston have started learning about Force & Motion. So far, students have used dominos to explore potential and kinetic energy. Over the next couple of months, these third-graders will start looking at speed and friction, projectile physics with catapults, magnetism, and more!

youth passing dominos to builder

Teamwork is key to this endeavor!

One domino can knock over another domino one and a half times its size!

heart made of dominos

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

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

Community Central Summer of Science

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

This summer, teen leaders from Lewiston and Portland taught youth across the two cities using the Summer of Science curriculum developed by UMaine Extension and Maine EPSCoR.

CYFAR Teen Hanan at Summer Success Picnic

The summer began with youth enjoying time at Bryant Pond 4-H Camp for a two-day training. Time at Bryant Pond included learning the activities, team building exercises with camp staff, and using Click2Science to review facilitation skills.

SOS Topsham Fair

Youth across Portland and Lewiston participated in 6 activities weeks of activities that focused on the Engineering Process.

SOS BGCA Auburn

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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
Website: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/tag/4-h-community-central/

Making It Rain – Inside?

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Community Central youth have begun looking at climate and weather.
Can you make it rain, inside? Yes! Sort of.

Using a few easily found/recycled materials youth found that when several forces work together a storm occurs: humidity, temperature, wind, and high/low-pressure systems. Several of these activities use supplies that you might have at home! Information about this and other climate activities can be found on the Cornell Cooperative Extension website.

Graph showing weather patterns

Using M&Ms youth at the Boys & Girls Club demonstrated how each year there were different amounts of weather types that contributed to the overall climate of Maine.

How does climate differ from weather? Climate describes long-term trends, weather describes short-term trends.  Both Maine and Florida have days with colder or hotter weather, but Maine gets quite a bit colder during winter. Both areas have rainy days, but it is much more likely that a hurricane will occur near Florida than in Maine.

Young man and volunteer working on drawing a topographical map.

A volunteer at the Root Cellar – Lewiston looks on as a Community Central participant measures snowfall and begins creating a topographical map.

 

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
Website: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/tag/4-h-community-central/

Exploring with Community Central

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Community Central participants at Front Street in Portland have had a busy few weeks exploring density, polymers, and looking at iron content in breakfast cereal!

test tube with fluids of different densitiesCheck out this 4-H activity you can do with items you probably already have at home!

In Lewiston, 4th graders finished their exploration of different forms of energy by looking at chemical reactions that produce heat as a by-product and how to build a static electricity detector.

4-H youth building static electricity detector.

two fourth graders seeing static electricity at work

We’re excited to see you next year in 5th grade!

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
Website: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/tag/4-h-community-central/

An Energetic Start to 2017

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Community Central began 2017 by looking at different forms of energy with 4th-graders at McMahon Elementary. Many of these students participated with Community Central as 3rd-graders and some have attended sessions at community partner locations across Lewiston.

To explore potential and kinetic energy youth built tracks for marbles using pipe insulation. The first challenge was to see if they could create a jump that would launch their marble into a cup.

Kinetic-Potential1

After creating a successful ski jump, some were able to create a loop-de-loop track! We’re looking forward to more energy exploration over the next few weeks with these young scientists.

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
Website: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/tag/4-h-community-central/

3… 2… 1… Blastoff!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Community Central Lewiston’s 2016 sessions ended with a bang and we’re ready for the new year!

Over the past couple months youth at the Root Cellar, the Boys and Girls Club Auburn/Lewiston Clubhouse, and Lewiston Housing Authority have been exploring rockets.

Youth began by experimenting with film canister explosions, mixing different amounts of Alka Seltzer and warm water with food coloring. Results of Alka Seltzer explosions

From there, the youth began learning the parts of rockets, designing their own rockets with film canisters, and preparing for the first launches.

Film Canister Launching

We’ve blasted into the new year and we’re excited to visit McMahon Elementary 4th grade classrooms exploring energy and start looking at emergency preparedness with our community sites.

It’s going to be a very exciting year for Community Central and we look forward to sharing our journey with you.

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
Website: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/tag/4-h-community-central/