Announcements (in chronological order)

Cloverbuds Connect Challenges (grades k-2) - ongoing

Cloverbud Connects Challenges are issued each Friday and are geared toward youth in grades K-2 (Flyer, PDF). Cloverbuds watch a video that demonstrates an activity and then we challenge you to do the same! Try that activity and record yourself in action and share it back! We're using a password protected system called Flipgrid, only open to those who want in!

So don't delay! The first challenge is out and the second one is lined up and ready to go! Check out this video to learn more! If you're interested in participating, email kimberly.griffin@uvm.edu to sign up and get an access code!

Once you’re in, look for the videos with the yellow star in the top corner – those are the instructional videos and the others are responses. At the top of the screen, just underneath the picture of the kids and the header, on the right side, you’ll see a number the word “Topics” with a down arrow. That number indicates how many different challenges there are and you can get to them by clicking on the arrow.

Feel free to either respond to the videos by clicking on the green response button inside the video you are watching OR you can click on the green button with a plus to add your own video. You can add your own video by then clicking on the white circle with a red camera OR by clicking on the white upload button next to the circle, if you want or record a video using your phone or other device and upload to flipgrid.

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) - starts September 28

This Fall we will be, once again, offering some in-person 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 Fall Schedule! (Flyer, PDF)

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

October 16 (I): The Science Behind Growing Meat in a Lab (Flyer, PDF), Click here to register
 
Oct 26 (V): Organometallic Chemistry in Action (Flyer, PDF), Click here to register

Nov 13 (I): Intro to Virology, Microbiology, Bugs and Drugs (Flyer, PDF), Click here to register

Nov 30 (V): Radio Frequency Engineering & How It Relates to Climate Change (Flyer, PDF), Click here to register

Dec 14 (V): Digital Phenotyping; Leveraging Machine Learning,Statistics, and Creativity to Model Human Health (Flyer, PDF), Click here to register
 
Save the Dates! Winter/Spring 2022 Cafes
Jan 11 (V), Jan 22 (I), Feb 5 (I), Feb 22 (V), Mar 12 (I), Mar 22 (V), Apr 9 (I), Apr 26 (V), May 17 (V)
 
Watch Recordings of Teen Science Cafes on our YouTube Channel! Click here to view.

Questions? Email Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

4-H World Changers - Learn to Code (grades 5-12, registration required) - starts September 30

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

Games need no explanation — they’re everywhere! Games come in many shapes and sizes, like video games, apps on your phone, sports games, and card games. Have you ever thought about what it takes to design a game? Join us for this 6 session series to create your own game using Scratch! Learn more (Flyer, PDF) and register by September 25. Click here to register.

And Save the Dates for our Winter Session exploring Python! February 3 - March 10, Thursday nights from 7-8 pm

Babysitting - New Fall Session! (grades 5-8; pre-registration required by Oct. 22) - Starts Oct. 25

The Youth Babysitting course is designed to help middle school and teenaged youth learn what it takes to be a responsible, caring, trustworthy, competent, capable, and safe babysitter. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 4-H Educator Lindy Birch at 802-334-7325 ext. 481 or 1-866-260-5561 (toll-free in Vt.) by October 15, 2021, so we may assist you.

Meeting dates - three consecutive Mondays, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (EST):

October 25
November 1
November 8

Visit https://qualtrics.uvm.edu/jfe/form/SV_4Vdb7HZjkz7nGeO to register.  The course Zoom link will be emailed to you no later than one day prior to the start of the program. 

Exploring Vermont Dairy Fall 2021 (ages 12-18, registration required) - starts Oct. 25

Curious about how dairy farmers in Vermont use technology on the farm or ever wonder how a diet for a cow is formulated?  Participants will have an opportunity to delve into these and other questions about dairy farming. 

This free, five-part series is for students ages 12-18, and will be offered via Zoom on consecutive Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., beginning October 26.  The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H program developed the series in cooperation with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. Each session will include a post-lesson assignment. Students are encouraged to share their thoughts and ask questions to gain a better understanding of dairy farming in the state.  The series will explore these topics:

Oct. 26 - Introduction & Technology on the Farm: The focus will be on drones, precision planting, robotic milkers, robotic feeding systems for calves and self-drive tractors, among other technological advances on Vermont dairy farms. How has technology changed dairy farming in the past 30 years and what will the future look like?

Nov. 2 - Animal Health & Nutrition: Participants will learn about a cow's daily diet and how animal nutritionists balance feed rations for optimal nutrition and good herd health. How are cow rations formulated?

Nov. 9 - Added Value & Diversification: To survive, many dairy farms have increased their revenue streams with cheese, maple, farm stands, corn mazes, farm tours and on-farm stays. The discussion will cover these and other options for diversification.

Nov. 16 - Farm Business & Decision Making: This presentation will explore the tools a farmer can use to make management decisions on the farm, such as which cows to keep or cull, or when to plant crops.

Nov. 23 - Soils & Conservation: The session will focus on conservation practices farmers follow to be good stewards of the land, including measures to improve water quality.

For more information or to request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact UVM Extension 4-H educator Martha Manning at martha.mannng@uvm.edu by Oct. 5.  Visit https://go.uvm.edu/exploredairy to register.

Virtual Volunteer Training (Registration required) - October 27

Calling all 4-H volunteers! Let's kick off the start of the 4-H year together with a chance to meet and talk with other volunteers and 4-H staff. Try a new icebreaker and a fun activity called Candy Chromatography to take back to your club or program. There will also be a refresher and some tips shared on creating positive environments where youth can thrive. Learn more (flyer, PDF) and sign up today! (Register here)

Youth Environmental Summit (grades 6-12, registration required) - starts October 29

YES is an annual event for students in grades 6-12 who want to learn about environmental issues and find ways to take action. We hope to inspire, encourage, and prepare youth for a life of environmental responsibility, service and leadership by increasing awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and fostering leadership skills. We had hoped to return to an in-person event but there is just too much uncertainty with Covid-19, the Delta variant and schools allowing field trips.

So, we are going to try something NEW THIS YEAR! We will be offering both a real-time virtual summit as well as pre-recorded workshops that you can access on your own time.

Our real-time virtual kick off will take place on Friday, October 29 from 9 am - 12:30 pm and it will feature keynote speakers and skill-building workshops around a unifying theme of climate change.

Then, on November 1 our YES Flipgrid site will open for you to explore a wide variety of environmental topics. The site will stay open for the entire month of November. This allows you the flexibility to participate when it works with your schedule!

View the YES flyer (Flyer, PDF) and the Workshop Descriptions (Flyer, PDF) for more information.

Please use the INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION if: (Click here to register as an Individual)

  •     You will be participating in the real-time virtual kick-off on October 29 using your own device; or
  •     You are only going to participate in the YES Flipgrid (pre-recorded workshops).


Please use the CLASSROOM REGISTRATION if you are a teacher registering your class for the real-time kick-off on October 29 and will log-in to participate on one computer. (Click here to register as a Classroom)

Discover GIS (grades 7-12, registration required) - November 3 and 17

GIS is about maps. We know a map has the potential to change the world, inspire action, and serve well-informed decisions. It all starts by creating beautiful, powerful maps that reach others.

But, what makes a good map? How can we engage people with a map?

Turning data into a compelling map is about more than knowing which buttons to push. It’s about knowing how to uncover stories hidden in your data. It’s about telling those stories clearly, and simply.

Join us to learn all about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - a keytechnology now and for the future! In this two session virtual workshop you will start your journey into learning GIS by creating your own StoryMap and more. Learn more (Flyer, PDF) and sign up today! (Register here)

Space is limited to 20 youth in grades 7-12. Questions? Email Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

TRY for the Environment - Teen Teachers Wanted (grades 7-12, application required by November 8)

TRY stands for Teens Reaching Youth and is an environmental leadership opportunity for students in grades 7-12. It is an environmental education program taught by teens and designed to increase environmental literacy and responsibility in younger youth. TRY for the Environment includes four program areas to connect young people to real-world environmental problems allowing them to be key change agents contributing to real-world solutions. The program areas include: renewable energy, waste solutions, food systems, and water.

Review the program flyer (Flyer, PDF), Teen Teacher position description (Flyer, PDF) and Adult Mentor position description (Flyer, PDF) to see if you might be interested in the TRY program.

If you are interested in applying for this program, then follow the Application Directions (Flyer, PDF).

Teen teachers will need to have a parent/guardian sign this TRY Permission Form (Flyer, PDF).

Adult mentors will need to sign this Covid-19 Release (Flyer, PDF) and possibly complete the 4-H Volunteer Application (Flyer, PDF).

TRY Sample Emails are available for teams to use as they reach out to teachers in their efforts to secure classrooms to teach. (Flyer, PDF).

Questions? Email Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

VTeen Leadership Weekend (grades 7-12, registration required) - November 19-21

VTeen Leadership Weekend is a fun-filled weekend developing important skills and traits that will help you stretch and improve your leadership, communication, problem solving, teamwork and other transferable skills to take back and use in your club work, school and community. Learn more (Flyer, PDF) and sign up today! (Register here)

Questions? Email Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

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.