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)

Vermont Science Olympiad - Get a Team Started!

Calling all STEM enthusiasts!

UVM will be hosting the Vermont Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 1, 2023, and we are looking for teams to join us for this exciting day of science competition! We encourage all high schools to form a team (or two, or three!) to participate. Students and teachers alike say it was one of the most inspirational and memorable experiences of their educational life.

Learn more about the Vermont Science Olympiad at: https://www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/vermont-science-olympiad

Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu with any questions.

VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafes - Jan 21, Jan 24, Feb 11, Mar 25, Apr 15 & May 6

Join us this school year for both in-person and virtual cafes where you will meet scientists, learn about their work, explore different science pathways, and engage in hands-on activities and informal discussions. (Winter/Spring Overall Schedule Flyer, PDF)

Registration is required for all cafes. All participants attending an in-person cafe must complete the Teen Science Cafe Permission Forms.

Open to all youth in grades 7-12 in VT and beyond!

2023 Winter/Spring Series Schedule @ UVM, Saturdays, 5:00-7:00 pm

 

2023 Virtual Cafes

 

Recordings of all past virtual teen science cafes can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu with any questions.

Volunteer Connections - January 25 & February 15

Join 4-H volunteers form across the Northeast Region to network, learn, and grow your 4-H program! All sessions will be held over Zoom. The following topics and dates will be offered from 6:30 - 8:00 pm:

October 18 - Recruiting and Retaining Youth and Families

November 15 - Your Relationships Matter

January 25 - Growing Life Skills Through Animal Science

February 15 - Igniting Youth Sparks

Register here for one, some, or all of these dates. For more information on each of the sessions, click here for a PDF of the flier.

4-H World Changers: Learn to Code (grades 5-12) - starts February 2

Vermont 4-H and UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences are joining forces again to bring you another opportunity to learn to code!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to program your own game? Well, here's your chance! In this 4-H World Changers series, you will learn to program a collecting game using p5.js, a JavaScript library created especially for artists and designers.

We will meet virtually each Thursday from February 2 - March 9, 7:00-8:00 pm ET. (Flyer, PDF)

Click here to register

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

Northeast Region 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl and Hippology Contest - February 12

Date:  Sunday, February 12, 2023

Location:  Waterford Elementary School, 276 Duck Pond Road, Waterford, VT

Time:  1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For registered 4-H members in Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille and Orleans Counties.  Ages 5 to 18 years, as of Jan. 1, 2023.  Download the Northeast Region 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl and Hippology Contest flyer for complete details.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your 4-H Educator, either Lindy Birch (802-334-7325 or melinda.birch@uvm.edu) or Holly Ferris (802-888-4972 or holly.ferris@uvm.edu), by Friday, January 27, 2023 so we may assist you.

Discover Engineering (grades 5-12) - February 18

Registration is now open!

Discover Engineering is a FREE annual event for youth in grades 5-12 who want to learn about engineering, build skills and network with engineering students, faculty and professionals. (Flyer, PDF)

This hallmark event of UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and Vermont 4-H will happen on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at the University of Vermont.

The day will have two distinct parts:

  • In the morning participants will engage in an Engineering Scavenger Hunt. We are going to fill the room with exhibit tables hosted by engineering businesses and CEMS student groups. Each exhibitor will submit a question to include in the scavenger hunt; the answer to the questions can be discovered by visiting the exhibit tables. Collectively, this will allow participants to learn about different kinds of engineering and career pathways.
  • In the afternoon participants will continue to connect with engineering professionals and UVM engineering students through hands-on skill-building workshops.

Discover Engineering will include:

  • Inspiring and engaging skill-building workshops.
  • Informative exhibit tables from engineering businesses, organizations and student groups.
  • ROBOTS!
  • Connection with engineering professionals from across Vermont.
  • Morning coffee and refreshments, lunch and snacks will be provided.
  • And more!

Review the list of workshops before you register:

Then CLICK HERE to register by February 8.

Questions? Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

Winter Meeting & State 4-H Working Steer Quiz Bowl – February 19

Come join the fun and test your knowledge about working steer and other bovine-related topics. The State Quiz Bowl Contest consists of rounds of verbal questions, and 4-H members, ages 8 to 18 as of January 1, have the opportunity to “buzz in” their answers.

Download the flyer. Call or email Wendy Sorrell by Wednesday, February 15 to register: wendy.sorrell@uvm.edu or 1-800-571-0668

Vermont 4-H Shooting Sports Hunting & Wildlife Instructor Training – Feb. 25 & 26

Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023 Camp Kehoe, Castleton, Vermont.

Read the flyer (PDF) for details.

Pre-register with Holly Ferris (holly.ferris@uvm.com) by Feb. 15.

Animal Science Internship Fair For High School & College Students - March 4

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023

Location: Paul R. Miller Research and Education Center, 500 Spear Street, South Burlington, VT

Times: 1-3:00 p.m.

High school and college students are invited to come to the barn and meet with equine, bovine and companion animal industry professionals about potential internships or jobs.  Download the Internship Fair flyer.  

For information or to request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, contact Chrissy Rohan at 802-656-2108 or ckrohan@uvm.edu by February 20, 2023.

Health H.E.R.O.E.S. Showcase - March 25

Save the Date! UVM 4-H's Health H.E.R.O.E.S. will be hosting a showcase of activities that promote healthy living and well being. This event is scheduled for Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Check back for more details.

Vt. Horse Council "Be a Good Neighbor" Poster Contest - Deadline March 31

4-H members are invited to submit entries in the Vt. Horse Council "Be a Good Neighbor" poster contest. Download the "Be a Good Neighbor" flyer for complete information.  The contest theme, “Be a Good Neighbor,” is about encounters between non-equine and equine individuals, and each poster must contain one safety rule from the following list:

• Maintain a safe distance and/or speed around horses (person and/or vehicle)
• Avoid loud noises (all types) around horses
• Avoid quick movements (all types) around horses
• Ride politely around others (mounted/non-mounted)

Poster submission deadline is March 31 and must be received before 6 p.m. April 1. All posters will be judged by the VHC Board with winners notified via email by April 23. Recognition and ribbon presentations will be made at 4-H State Day May 6, 2023.

Individual poster(s) must be photographed and emailed as an attachment to Lisa Lafont at lisajohlafont@yahoo.com and MUST include the 4-H member’s name, age, and hometown to be considered. When sending an entry to Lisa, use Subject: 4-H Poster.

STEM Showcase 4.0 - April 15

Save the Date! UVM 4-H will be hosting its STEM Showcase 4.0 on Saturday, April 15 from 10:00 am- 12:30 pm. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities. Check back for more details!

4-H State Day - May 6

State Day will be held in-person on Saturday, May 6th 2023, for its second year at the Vermont Granite Museum, 7 Jones Bros. Way, Barre, VT 05641. We will once again also offer a virtual option using Flipgrid. Flyer (PDF)

What is State Day?
4-H State Day is an experience where youth can grow and further their selfconfidence in public speaking, presentation, and communication skills. Youth benefit from evaluators' feedback on their exhibits and presentations while sharing their knowledge with others. State Day is also a competition where youth and their presentations are selected to represent Vermont 4-H at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts in September. More information can be found on the Public Speaking and Communications page.

Other important information:
Important note: Youth must first participate in their county or regional contests which typically take place on a weekend in April. Reach out to your county educator for more details.

Registration
All youth who would like to participate in State Day must participate in their regional/county competition. You will receive the link to register in an email after you participate in a regional/county event. The deadline to register is Friday, April 21, 2023 by 4:30pm. *If you are planning to submit your exhibit virtually in Flipgrid, you will receive the link and info when you register.

Accommodations
To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Allison Smith at 802-651-8343 or 1-800-571-0668 by April 14, 2023 so we may assist you.

Any other questions?
Feel free to reach out to Allison Smith at P: 802-651-8343 x509 or 1-800-571-0668 or allison.smith.2@uvm.edu. We hope to see you at State Day, in-person or virtually!

Dairy Days for Sixth Grader Classrooms - May 17 & 24

Save the Date: On-Farm Career Education Opportunities in May
UVM Extension’s 4-H Program invites sixth-grade teachers to mark your calendars now for one of two field trips at working dairy farms to explore content and careers in farming and beyond: May 17 at Fairmount Farm in East Montpelier and May 24 at the North Williston Cattle Company in Williston, both 9:30am – 2 pm. Students will rotate through hands-on workshops with professionals in agronomy, finance, technology, animal health, nutrition, policy and state workforce development, and more. Teachers will leave with a curriculum that allows you to further explore these topics. More details and registration to come in early February. Contact: Sarah Kleinman at sarah.kleinman@uvm.edu or 802-651-8343 x521.

AgroTek Innovation Summer Academy – June 26-July 1

We invite current 7-11th graders to join us for immersive research experiences in agrotechnology. Through topic-focused Science Cafes, Summer Academies, and Innovation Slams, participants will have an opportunity to learn from UVM faculty, staff and students, conduct their own experiments and share their findings!

Participants will have an opportunity to conduct experiments using an inquiry-based approach to explore four innovative agrotechnology curricula: culturing cells for healthier soils, shifting the waste to value paradigm, creating smarter plastics with plants and using virtual reality for more precise agriculture. More information, including the application, can be found here.

4-H Calendar

UVM Extension 4-H

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