Announcements (in chronological order)

THRIVE Workshops for Schools - Schedule Today!

4-H has been helping youth thrive for over 100 years! Through experiential learning activities we deliver high quality programs framed in a positive youth development context. Let us work with your middle and high school students to intentionally focus on the development of critical life skills / transferable skills. Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu for more information and to schedule your workshop. (Flyer, PDF)

VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafes (grades 7-12, registration required) - Winter/Spring Series starts January 11

This Winter/Spring we will be, once again, offering some in-person and virtual teen science cafes! Teen Science Cafés are informal, interactive programs that promote exploration, curiosity and life-long learning about current and cutting-edge ideas in science and technology. Teens engage in lively discussion and hands on learning with experts. The cafes are free and organized by teens for teens.

Check out our Winter/Spring Schedule! (Flyer, PDF) *note this has been updated on January 11, 2022 with changes

Face Mask Requirements: Everyone is required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when inside UVM buildings, regardless of vaccination status. All users of UVM buildings must continue to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and not come to campus, nor participate in UVM in-person activities, if they are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

Permission Form: All participants will be required to complete the teen science Permission Form in order to participate in the in-person cafes. Forms must be completed and emailed to Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu or turned in at the cafe check in table upon arrival.

I=In-Person, V=Virtual

Jan 11 (V): The Long &Winding Road of Developing New Cancer Therapies (Flyer, PDF), Click here to register

Jan 27 (V): Culturing Cells for Healthier Soil (Flyer, PDF), Click here to register

Feb 9 (V): Design Innovation Mindset: Shifting the Waste–to–Value Paradigm (Flyer, PDF), Click here to register

Feb 22 (V): NASA Internship Research About the Space Suit (Flyer, PDF), Click here to register

Mar 19 (I): Precision Genomics Medicine and Diagnostics (Flyer, PDF), Click here to register

Mar 29 (V): What Can a Quantum Computer Do? Why Should You Care? (Flyer, PDF), Click here to register

Apr 9 (I): Moon Base (Flyer to be posted soon), Click here to register

Apr 30 (I): Aquaponics:The Basics of Growing Plants from Fish (Flyer to be posted soon), Click here to register

May 10 (V): TBD

Watch Recordings of Teen Science Cafes on our YouTube Channel! Click here to view.

Questions? Email Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

How Did You Get There? Career Panel Series for Students (registration required) - starts January 12

This series of Career Panels offers youth an opportunity to participate in informational interviewing with professionals in various fields including an engineer, a detective, civil servants, and health care professionals, among others. Click here to register. All events run 11:30 am- 12:30 pm. You will receive an email with the meeting link after registering. Contact Molly McFaun at molly.mcfaun@uvm.edu for more info. Learn more about upcoming sessions and dates here (Flyer, PDF).

2022 Addison County Hippology Contest - Saturday, January 15, 2022

Hippology is the study of the horse. During our Hippology Contest, 4-H members will be tested on their horse knowledge including nutrition, breeds, bridle/saddle types and parts, history, colors of hair/coats, names of muscles and bones, etc. Participants will place a class of four horses based on the structure of the horse. Contest divisions (by age as of Jan. 1, 2022) are: 8- and 9-year-olds; 10- and 11-year-olds; 12- and 13-year-olds, and 14 and older.

Hippology Contest Program:

  • 12:30 p.m. Check-in
  • 1:00 p.m. Contest begins
  • 3:00 p.m. Morgan Horse Farm Tour

Masks are required when inside so make sure you bring one with you. Anyone experiencing any COVID-related symptoms should stay home.

Please register each youth participant separately. Registration deadline is January 12, 2022 at https://go.uvm.edu/addison-hippology-reg-2022.

Note the new contest location at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm. Come and check out the farm and learn more about UVM equine opportunities.

Download the flyer (PDF)

North East Region 4-H Volunteer Connections - Starting January 19

Join volunteers from across the North East Region as we meet to discuss and explore topics relevant to volunteering with youth. Connections will be offered over Zoom from 6:30 to 8:00pm on the following dates:

January 19 - Re-engaging and Motivating Youth

February 16 - Designing Captivating and Fun Activities

March 16 - Expanding Possibilities for Youth to Broaden Their World

These regional connections will offer activities you can bring back to your programs, advice from experts in the youth development field, and hear from an all-star line up of volunteer panelists. We hope these evenings will provide you with connection, inspiration, and a reminder of your positive impact on youth in your community!

Register here for the Zoom link to attend. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Allison Smith at 802-651-8343 or allison.smith.2@uvm.edu so we may assist you.  

Volunteer Training on Flexibility & Behavior Management - January 26

Join fellow volunteers and 4-H staff on Wednesday, January 26 from 6:30-7:30pm over Zoom as we explore practices to help us build flexibility into our programs and interpret and respond to behavior that we might observe in youth who attend our programs. Flexibility has been required of all of us as our environment has demanded that we constantly adapt to change. With this ever changing environment we may also observe new or different behaviors from youth as they try to adapt. We will offer some strategies to help build in flexibility into your programs to meet the ever changing needs of the moment and the youth we serve. We will also explore how to promote a sense of ownership over one's behavior and how to promote a positive environment for all. To participate and receive the Zoom link for this training, please register here.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Allison Smith at 802-651-8343 or allison.smith.2@uvm.edu by January 21, 2022 so we may assist you.  

Engineering Month Activities - Save the Dates, February 2022

Save the Dates - Discover Engineering!

The Vermont 4-H Program and the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) have teamed up to host a variety of programs the entire month of February 2022 to promote the field of engineering. Our goal is to expose youth to engineering, build skills and help youth understand different pathways they can take to pursue a future as an engineer.

Check out all of the different FREE learning opportunities happening during the month – all leading up to National Engineering Week, February 20-26, 2022. (Flyer, PDF) * note this flyer was updated with changes on January 14, 2022

Activities include:

  •     Create Your Own Invention Contest (grades 3-12), entries due February 19
  •     Rube Goldberg Challenge (grades 3-12), entries due February 19
  •     How Did You Get There? Career Panel Series for Students, topic "Electrifying Learning & Engineering" - February 2
  •     4-H World Changers: Learn to Code (grades 5-12), starts February 3
  •     4-H Teen Time: Career Explorations - Engineering & Product Design (grades 7-12), February 8
  •     VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafes (grades 7-12), virtual February 9, virtual February 22 (engineering focus)
  •     4-H@Home Engineering Activities, new activity shared each Monday in February

Important Schedule Change: Our hallmark event DISCOVER ENGINEERING on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at UVM has been canceled due to to the surge in Covid-19 cases in Vermont.

Please reach out to Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu with any questions.

Information about each activity/event is available at the 4-H Announcements page.

4-H World Changers - Learn to Code (grades 5-12, registration required) - starts February 3

Ohio and Vermont 4-H are joining forces again to bring you another opportunity to learn to code!

Create your own custom chatbot! A chatbot is a computer program that simulates conversations with a real person, and is a simple form of Artificial Intelligence. We'll be using the Trinket coding platform to write and run our chatbot in a web browser using the Python programming language. Join us to learn Python and create your own chatbot!

February 3 - March 10, Thursday nights from 7-8 pm. This program is FREE but registration is required. (Flyer, PDF) Click here to register.

Questions? Email Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

4-H@Home Engineering Activities (registration required) - starts February 7

The Vermont 4-H Program and the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) have teamed up to host a variety of programs the entire month of February 2022 to promote the field of engineering. Our goal is to expose youth to engineering, build skills and help youth understand different pathways they can take to pursue a future as an engineer.

We will release a new activity each Monday during the month of February. These activities can be done at home, in your 4-H club, at school or afterschool!

Activities include:
February 7: Building Bridges
February 14: Catapult Challenge
February 21: Harmless Holder
February 28: ButtOn Chair

We hope that you will do each activity and share with us what you did!

Please register to gain access to the 4-H@Home Engineering Activity Flipgrid. Then check your email for the "Join Code" to the Flipgrid site. You will get this before our first activity starts on Monday, February 7. Register Here

If you have any questions, please reach out to Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

4-H Teen Time: Career Exploration - Engineering & Product Design (grades 7-12, registration required) - February 8

The Vermont 4-H Program and the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) have teamed up to host a variety of programs the entire month of February 2022 to promote the field of engineering. Our goal is to expose youth to engineering, build skills and help youth understand different pathways they can take to pursue a future as an engineer.

This special 4-H Teen Time will explore engineering as a career pathway. We will hear from Peter Bergendahl, an engineer with NRG Systems, about his 17 year journey through 5 countries, 4 patents, 100s of products designs and more!

Join us online on Tuesday, February 8  from 7-8 pm to learn about engineering from someone who does it every day and how you can start your own journey in this exciting field! (Flyer, PDF) Click here to register

Discover Engineering/ BSA Merit Badge virtual workshops (grades 5-12, registration required) - February 12

IMPORTANT NOTE: the in-person Discover Engineering event has been canceled due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in Vermont. The BSA Merit Badge workshops will transition to virtual and you can continue to register here for those workshops.

BSA workshops will now be virtual and Scouts must no later than February 5, 2022. Click here to register. Make sure to review the Merit Badge requirements before you register.

Create Your Own Invention Contest (grades 3-12, registration required) - entries due by February 19

Engineers are problem solvers. They notice something about the world that could work better– and then try do it.

The first questions to ask yourself as an engineer is: What need is not being met? Who experiences this problem, and in what setting?

Once you are sure a need exists, you can use the engineering design process to guide you on your journey. The most important thing about being an engineer is to never give up! Learning from mistakes is how the best inventions are created.

For this contest, follow Step 1-3 in the Engineering Design Process (Question, Brainstorm, Plan & Design) and think about these guiding questions:

  1.     What problem do I want to solve?
  2.     Who will my invention help?
  3.     Does this improve something that already exists in order to solve this problem? What existing things can inspire my new invention?
  4.     What is unique about my invention? How will it be used?
  5.     What materials do I need? How much do they cost?
  6.     How does my invention work? Write the steps. Describe your invention. Consider the size, weight, shape, color, smell, movements, and sounds it makes. Draw diagrams.
  7.     What is your invention called? Name it.

Once you have planned out your invention, we want you to share it! Enter a video to the contest Flipgrid by February 19. In your video you should tell us about your invention and show your diagrams. Use the guiding questions to help communicate your idea. Videos will be limited to 3 minutes.

The contest site will be made public during the National Engineering Week (Feb 20-26, 2022) so the public can see your videos, "like" them and comment. Winners will be decided by "likes" and our contest judges. There will be three age categories: grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. The winning video from each age category will be proudly shown on both the Vermont 4-H and UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Facebook pages. Winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate.

Share the contest flyer with others (Flyer, PDF)! Entries are due no later than February 19, 2022. You must register to get access to the contest Flipgrid to submit your video. Register here.  Note: You will receive an email with your Flipgrid join code by February 1 and directions on how to access Flipgrid.

Questions? Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

Rube Goldberg Challenge (grades 3-12, registration required) - entries due by February 19

A Rube Goldberg machine, named after American cartoonist Rube Goldberg, is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. Usually, these machines consist of a series of simple unrelated devices; the action of each triggers the initiation of the next, eventually resulting in achieving a stated goal. (Watch this video example of the band OK Go; and learn more about how to build a Rube Goldberg machine with the different simple machines can be seen here.)

In this challenge, you will:
1. Get familiar with the six simple machines and basic energy transfer.
2. Learn about the engineering design process and backwards design.
3. Create and film your very own Rube Goldberg machine.

The 2022 Challenge:

We invite youth in grades 3-12 to build a Rube Goldberg machine and show off your creativity, ingenuity and engineering skills! One winner will be chosen in each category: grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. The winners will each receive a $50 gift card. Entries will be due no later than February 19, 2022. See the contest rules (Flyer, PDF) and click here to register. View Engineering Design Process graphic here.

Note: You will receive an email with your Flipgrid join code by February 1 and directions on how to access Flipgrid.

Questions? Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

Animal Scoops (ages 8-18, registration required) - February 22

Join us for 4 interactive and updated animal topic sessions. Each session begins at 5:00 PM and will last approximately 1 hour. Included activities: Trivia, videos and recipes. Join us to share what you know and learn something new. 

Registration is required, by Thursday, February 17, 2022. The Zoom meeting information/link will be emailed to you once you register. (Flyer, PDF) Click here to register.

4-H Calendar

4-H At Home

4-H At Home offers activities and resources that youth and families can use for self-guided learning and fun on a variety of topics.

Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are available for 4-Hers and 4-H volunteers to reduce the cost of participating in educational programs.

Teen Science YouTube Channel

Watch Teen Science Cafe session recordings online