4-H Fall Maker & SPIN Club Programs

Fall Special Interest Club Program -Mars Base Camp – Ages 8-18

Special Interest (SPIN) clubs are designed to get 4-H and non-4-H youth engaged in activities that fuel their spark. Current 4-H enrollment is not necessary for participation, however members will be enrolled in Cumberland County 4-H upon registration. Registration ends September 24th or when full – 6 Spots Open as of 09/28/20

Best for ages 8–14 or those in 3rd – 8th grades

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  • Date & Time:
    • Saturday, October 3, 2020, 9:30 – 10:30AM
    • Thursday, October 8, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00PM
    • Saturday, October 17, 2020, 9:30 – 10:30AM
    • Thursday, October 22, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00PM
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Instructors: Sara Conant, 4-H Community Education Assistant
  • Cost: $12 per family for all 4 weeks (payable by cash or check to CCEA)
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 20 (based on kit availability)
  • Minimum Age: 8

The race to land humans on Mars is on! The 2020 4‑H STEM Challenge Kits will explore sending a mission to Mars through four separate activities. Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities that teaches kids STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture. Some live virtual sessions will be shorter than others, based upon the activity, and may require additional time after the virtual session to complete the activity with other household members.

Mars Base Camp Family Kits are for 1-4 youth in the same family. 12 kits are available, 1 per family will be given out in order to maximize the number of families who can participate.

If you are interested in Mars Base Camp but are concerned about the cost please contact Sara Conant to discuss financial assistance in the form of a reduced or waived fee.

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Fall Maker Monday Program – Ages 5-18

illustration of a turkey, jack o latern and snowflake

One Monday afternoon each month October – December, 4-H Staff, Sara Conant, will offer a themed-activity for youth ages 5-18. 5-8 year-olds must have an adult present for assistance, and some projects encourage adult assistance for all ages. Current 4-H enrollment is not necessary for participation in the Maker Monday program. You can choose to join us for one project or all three. Registration ends Friday, October 9th or when full (open to a maximum of twelve youth). Free supply kits will be available for pickup at our office in Falmouth and the Raymond Village Library the week of October 12th and will include materials for the whole series. All projects are made with supplies that can easily be found around the house or purchased at local stores.

  • Dates: October 19th, November 16th, December 14th
  • Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM (Unless otherwise Stated)
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: FREE

To register for Maker Programs, please fill out the form: Cumberland County 4-H – Fall 2020 Maker Program (Google Doc)

Monday, October 19, 2020: Yarn Pumpkins

Join us to learn how to make your very own yarn-pumpkin centerpiece decoration. Yarn pumpkins are made by using glue, some yarn, and a balloon to create a cool 3D pumpkin!

Supplies Needed per Pumpkin:

  • 1 Balloon (Latex Balloons will be included in the kit)
  • 2 oz Modge Podge Glue
  • 21 – 36″ long pieces of orange string
  • Disposable Fork
  • Paper Bowl
  • 1 each Green and Brown Pipe Cleaner
  • A place or person to hold the balloon as you work*
  • A place to hang the balloon & pumpkin to dry for 24 hours*
  • Disposable table cloth, baking sheet, tarp, etc to lay under the drying pumpkins*

Monday, November 16, 2020: Thanksgiving Monochromatic Wooden Centerpieces

This workshop will be recorded in a brief video along with written instructions and sent to participants on November 16th so that they may follow along at their own pace away from the computer. Participants will receive a small (5.25 x 8.75 x 2.375 inch)wooden Turkey, Acorn, OR Pumpkin (dependent upon supply available) centerpiece basket, to paint a single color, and add glitter accents to add intrigue and dimension to the design.

Supplies Needed per Centerpiece:

  • 1 Centerpiece (Turkey, Acorn, OR Pumpkin chosen at random based on supply available)
  • 1 Bottle of Paint (brown or orange, depending on project)
  • 1 Paintbrush
  • 1 Container of Glitter – color determined by project type
  • Water & Cup for Brush Rinsing*
  • Spot to Dry Between Paint & Glitter Steps*

Monday, December 14, 2020: Snowman Button Art

Participants will make a snowman on a canvas or pallet board out of buttons of varying sizes.

Supplies Needed per Snowman Button Art:

  • 1 Canvas or Pallet Board
  • 1 each of white (approximately 200), black (75), blue (50), and orange (10) buttons
  • Tacky Glue – older participants may choose to use a hot glue gun instead
  • Paper Cup to size the circles properly
  • Pencil*
  • Sandpaper if Pallet Board is used*
  • Paint & brush to paint the background if participant chooses*

*Items with an asterisk (*) are not included in the kit

Have questions? Contact Sara Conant by email sara.conant@maine.edu or phone 207.781.6099.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Sara Conant at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.