4-H February Newsletter 2021

Happy Birthday to all 4-Her’s born in February!

Paige B.
Michael L.
Frankie P.

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STEAM for February

Are you looking for some fun 4-H activities for your family to try over February break?  The Aroostook 4-H staff are having a great time putting together a winter themed camp-in-a-box for you.  Using designated funds, we are collecting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) projects that you can tackle.  If you would like one of these kits mailed to your home address please contact emily.dow@maine.edu or mari.glatter@maine.edu or call 532-6548.


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Scholarship opportunities

Being a Senior in High School is an exciting time, congratulations for reaching this milestone.  We wanted to share with you a few 4-H college scholarship opportunities, if you are interested and will be pursuing post-secondary education.  Take a look at the following links.  If you have any questions about this process, feel free to contact me, emily.dow@maine.edu or mari.glatter@maine.edu .  We would be happy to help.

Maine 4-H Foundation  deadline March 1st
Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs  deadline April 29th
Wilma Winslow Post Secondary Aroostook County 4-H Leader’s Association College Scholarship deadline May 1st 

microphone4-H Open Public Speaking Opportunity

Would you like to practice 4-H public speaking skills but aren’t necessarily interested in competing at the state tournament? If so, we want to hear from youth and/or clubs! 4-H Staff is interested in hosting a virtual “Open Public Speaking” Event for youth who would typically practice public speaking at the club or county level but who do not have the opportunity this year due to COVID-19. This would be a low-pressure, non-competitive (no scoring) opportunity for youth to gain feedback on their presentations from their peers and adults. Fill out this form with your contact information, and we will be in touch!


2021 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

The 2021 4-H Public Speaking Tournament will take place virtually over the weekend of April 16 – 18, 2021. In the absence of local club and county tournaments this year, there is ample support for youth preceding the tournament in the form of workshops and focused practice opportunities. These workshops are open to all youth who wish to practice their public speaking skills and those who wish to qualify for the state tournament. If you are interested in participating in the Maine 4-H Public Speaking Program and need assistance in any way, please contact us to discuss your needs. We are committed to making 4-H programs accessible to all youth, regardless of internet or technology access. Details for the workshops and tournaments are still being organized – regularly updated information can be found on the Maine 4-H Public Speaking Website. Stay tuned for more announcements!

Save the dates for the 4-H Public Speaking Workshops:
– February 9, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Career & College Readiness
– February 16, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m |Introduction to 4-H Public Speaking for Cloverbuds
– February 23, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | All About Judging & Scoring
– Practice Sessions in February and March

*There are two ways to qualify for the State Public Speaking Tournament:

    • Attend two workshops and one practice session.
    • Individualized qualifier; contact Emily Mott, j.mott@maine.edu to make arrangements.

Save the date for the 2021 4-H Public Speaking Tournament:
– April 16-18, 2021

Questions about the Maine 4-H Public Speaking Program? Contact emily.dow@maine.edu or mari.glatter@maine.edu .

4-H Passport Around the World SPIN Club

world globeJoin Maine 4-H and Greenheart Exchange as we travel around the world virtually and meet other teens from across the globe! Meetings will include a brief presentation from a Greenheart Exchange Student, an activity, and Q & A. This SPIN Club is best for ages 12-18 and open to all youth. A minimal supply list will be provided for each activity. Dates are Tuesdays, January 19th, February 2nd & 16th, 4:00-5:00PM and Saturdays, January 30th, February, 13th & 27th, 9:30 – 10:30AM. Register at: edu/4h/4-h-passport-around-the-world-spin-club/.



4-H clover logo4-H For All Club

Join 4-Hers from across the state as we learn what 4-H is all about, connect with each other, create new goals, and discover new passions in the 4-H For All Club. This club is geared toward youth 5-13. Wednesdays February 20th, March 17th, and April 21st at 6:00pm via Zoom.

Register at: umaine.edu/4h/4-h-for-all-club

UMaine Faculty Leading Online Forums During the 2021 Maine Science Festival

Habib Dagher, founding director of the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and Melissa Maginnis, an associate professor of microbiology, will lead two online forums during the 2021 Maine Science Festival.  Dagher, also a professor of civil engineering, will participate in a talk titled “Off-shore wind: from the UK to Maine” with Tony Appleton, director of offshore wind for Burns & McDonnell, and Ronit Prawer, director of the U.K. Government’s Science and Innovation Network (SIN) for the Eastern U.S. The festival will host the online forum at 1 p.m. Feb. 16. Register on the event webpage.

Maginnis, leader of the University of Maine System Scientific Advisory Board, will speak in a forum titled “Overview of COVID-19” that explores what COVID-19 is, how it works and why it has been effective as a pandemic. The festival will host the session at 4 p.m. March 2. Register on the event webpage.

More information about the 2021 festival and its forums can be found online.

Northeast Special Interest Club Workshop for Volunteers

Wednesday, February 24, 7:00-8:00PM – Calling all 4-H volunteers, or potential volunteers! Join this virtual Northeast regional volunteer workshop to learn about the SPIN club model of short-term program delivery, and how you can create your own SPIN club in your state. Hosted by the Northeast Region Virtual Special Interest (SPIN) Club Committee. Register here:https://go.rutgers.edu/h9kcm9j9.  Please contact Sara Conant, conant@maine.edu, 207-781-6099, for more information.

Virtual Astronomy Experiences offered by Versant Power Astronomy Center at University of Maine!

Versant Power Astronomy Center has innovated new ways to help you and your class explore the universe via distance learning.  We are eager to work with you and your class, camp, family or private group and bring astronomy to you in an interactive way.

Virtual Astronomy Experiences are presented live by Shawn Laatsch, Director of Versant Power Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium. All experiences include an interactive presentation followed by a question and answer period with a total duration of around 45-50 minutes.  Please contact us if you would like us to tailor something special for your group.

Presentations are $50.00 per class/group (maximum of 50 participants) and payment may be made by check or credit card. For more information visit:  https://astro.umaine.edu/virtual-astronomy-experiences/

two cows in a pasture

Do you have an animal, an acre of pasture, and an interest in GPS? Learn real world uses for GPS in modern livestock operations.

Youth 14 – 18 year will learn:
How GPS works
History of GPS livestock tracking
Current GPS uses in livestock research
Developing your own GPS Research Project with your livestock
How to download and analyze data
How to present your GPS research results—Best presentation receives a Custom Silver Buckle
Want to know more? Contact either Debra Kantor – debra.kantor@maine.edu or 207.474.9622, or Colt Knight – colt.knight@maine.edu or 207.581.2593.

logo book, apple grade levels scienceMaine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafes
Planning is currently taking place for Spring 2021 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafes. These weekly topical webinars are a great chance to learn something new!  Information about upcoming sessions will soon be available online.