4-H Science Fridays at UMaine Machias

Join 4-H Youth Professional, Gabby Brodek, and special guests at 4-H Science Fridays at UMM this summer! Gabby will be hosting a 4-H Science Friday one Friday a month from June to September so youth can spend time outside, get familiar with the University of Maine at Machias campus, and explore cool science topics and skills.

Each month the science topic will vary, as well as the age range and maximum participants. See below for details.

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NEW- Fish Prints and Aquariums – September 22, 2023 | 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Location: University of Maine Cooperative Extension office, O’Brien House, 116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias

Join Gabrielle Brodek, 4-H Youth Development Professional to create fish prints!  Then, Dr. Gayle Kraus and her students, will take participants on tours of aquariums and skeletal displays throughout campus! Discover how these projects help us learn about the animals and ecosystems around us.

Youth will meet at the UMaine Cooperative Extension office and will walk over to the science building and library together. Youth can be picked up from the Cooperative Extension office.

Geared towards youth ages 9-14 and is limited to 10 participants.


NEW- BONUS Session- Eclipse Investigations- September 29, 2023 | 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Location: University of Maine Cooperative Extension office, 116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias

4-H Youth Development Professional, Gabrielle Brodek, will help youth explore solar eclipses in anticipation of future events.  Through hands-on activities, youth will investigate the sun, moon and Earth by creating solar system models to learn more about this phenomenon. 

Geared toward youth ages 10-15 and limited to 10 participants.


Plants Around Us – June 23rd 10am-12pm

Location: Greenhouse/garden area of O’Brien House

116 O’Brien Ave, Machias

Explore the forest paths, trees and greenhouses of the University of Maine at Machias campus! Our special guest is a UMM botany student who will be giving tours of the botany greenhouse. We will press the plants we gather during exploration and you will leave with your pressed plant, the materials to do it again and ideas of how to showcase your work. 

Geared towards youth ages 9-12 and is limited to 15 participants.


Kite Making – July 21st 10am-12pm 

Location: Greenhouse/garden area of O’Brien House

116 O’Brien Ave, Machias

Calling all engineers enthusiasts! Plan, build and fly your own kite during this two hour 4-H Science Fridays program! Youth will have the opportunity to plan and sketch out a kite creation, build a kite with provided materials, fly the kite and make adjustments as needed. 

Geared towards youth ages 5-12. Parents/guardians of youth ages 5-8 should stay for support. Program event is limited to 20 participants.


DNA, Strawberries, and You – August 18th 2-4 pm

Location: Greenhouse/garden area of O’Brien House

116 O’Brien Ave, Machias

What do DNA, strawberries and you all have in common? Join 4-H and our special guest, EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) Community Education Assistant, Vanessa Young, to find out! Here is a hint: it will involve extracting DNA from strawberries and making strawberry-related recipes!

Geared towards youth ages 9-12, limited to 12 participants.



4-H Science Fridays at UMaine Machias

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For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Gabby Brodek, 4-H Youth Development Professional at gabrielle.brodek@maine.edu or 207.255.3345.


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