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University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Maine 4-H Science
Project Kits

Description of Project:  4-H Science Toolkits provide an experiential learning opportunity for youth in Maine by providing materials needed to successfully complete science-based activities.  Groups and youth develop an interest in science through hands on learning.  Youth learn life skills through completing these projects.  They can study the process of science, engineering and technology, while working as a team to ensure the success of their project.  Toolkits are available from the Lisbon and Orono UMaine Extension offices.  Transportation may be available for kits to and from UMaine Extension County Offices statewide.

Guidelines for Participation:

  • All borrowers are required to provide a $25 deposit (in the form of a check, online credit card payment or a UMaine chartfield combination), which will be returned when equipment is returned on time, undamaged, and if consumable materials are replaced.  If equipment is damaged or not returned or if consumable materials are not replenished, the deposit money will be used to purchase new equipment/materials. Deposits will be refunded after toolkits are inventoried – usually within two weeks of the return of the kit.  
  • Financial assistance is available on an as-needed basis. For more information, please contact
    us at 
    4-HScience@maine.edu.
  • The $25 deposit may be forfeited if the toolkit is not returned by the agreed-upon date (usually one month from when the kit is borrowed).  Extensions to this time limit, depending on kit availability, and at times may not be granted.  If you need an extension, please check with the office as soon as possible.
  • All borrowers are responsible for replenishing consumable materials used during their project.
  • Kits should be reserved as far in advance as possible.  When you inquire about reserving a kit, please allow five business days for a response.
  • Kits are available for sign out for up to one month at a time (some exceptions apply).  Plan accordingly to return the kit, as another borrower is likely waiting to use it.
  • Participants are invited to make a donation of up to $25 to cover the cost of curriculum and equipment maintenance.  This helps to ensure the continuation of the project for years to come.
  • It is recommended that photo release forms be signed for any photographs taken that could be in public view.  Help to share your story, please share your pictures (and release forms) with us when you return the 4-H science toolkits.
  • We appreciate if youth and/or facilitators fill out the evaluation forms provided
  • Borrowers are expected to fill out two brief forms upon return of the kits, indicating numbers and general demographics of youth participants, and a checklist of supplies.  
  • Feedback on activities is encouraged!

4-H Science Toolkits Include:

  • Lesson plans for 4-H Science activities
  • Materials to support lesson plans
  • Itemized list of materials in kit including notation of which materials are not included
  • 4-H Life Skills wheel and definitions
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff as resources
  • General media release form for youth and adults
  • Evaluation forms – please fill out and return if possible
  • Toolkit return checklist – to be filled out before returning the toolkit

Planning to Participate:

There are a limited number of kits available from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office.  Participants will need to reserve their kits ahead of time with office staff.   To reserve a project kit, contact your county Cooperative Extension office, or email 4-HScience@maine.edu.

Plan ahead!  These kits are popular and may not be immediately available. Things to consider before the start of the project might include:

  • Youth meeting times (frequency, date and time)
  • 4-H volunteer or adult supervision (many activities require assistance and supervision from adults)
  • Travel time to pick up and return 4-H Science toolkits
  • Is the season or weather a factor?

Feedback on our toolkit program can be sent to 4-HScience@maine.edu


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