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Virtual National Youth STEM Summit

National Youth STEM Summit: Mars Basecamp
November 6-8, 2020

The Delaware 4-H Program will support Delaware 4-H youth and volunteer leaders/staff to attend the virtual National Youth STEM Summit.

The National Youth STEM Summit caters to high school aged
students who are curious and industrious. Your team of astronauts is stranded on Mars. Your supplies are dwindling. How will you survive, and how will you return to Earth? At the 2020 STEM Summit,
students will work with peers and group leaders on a variety of workshops and exercises built around solving this main problem. Each collaborative exercise will test and strengthen both the STEM skills and the teamwork and collaboration it takes to solve complex problems in the real world – and on Mars.

This Summit is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2020.

Delaware 4-H members must complete an application (attached) to be considered to attend this virtual conference.
This application is due to Doug Crouse by Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
Email application to: de4h@udel.edu

STEM Summit 2020 Application

National-Youth-Summit-on-STEM-2020-Agenda

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign

October 7-18

Tractor Supply stores in communities across the country have long supported 4-H clubs, and now, Tractor Supply Co. has entered into an official partnership with the National 4-H Council as your source for 4-H project supplies.

100% of funds raised benefit 4-H. 90% fund State level scholarships to 4-H camps and leadership experiences and 10% supports National 4-H Council for administration. Tractor Supply Company guarantees a minimum donation of $200,000 per Paper Clover Campaign (or $400,000 a year).

Each Spring and Fall, Tractor Supply will help raise money for 4-H programs with the Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming.

Please visit www.tractorsupply.com for info on how you can donate.

2020 Virtual State 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase

As you are aware, the State 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase event was not able to take place during the recent Delaware State Fair.  As we continue to plan various state 4-H events, we have made the decision to coordinate and conduct the 2020 State 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase through a “Virtual Showcase.”

The major components of this event will take the following format:

  1. Participants will be asked to complete the 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase application. This application can be found on the State 4-H Website under the section:  Contest and Event Information (and then under Clothing and Textiles Showcase).  The information is currently being updated on the website and will be available to retrieve shortly.

 

  1. Participants will be asked to develop a script (as they would do each year) that will be read when they wear and model their garment in a video that each participant will be asked to produce. Guidelines on how to develop a script can be found in the application document.   In is expected that scripts for younger youth will be shorter than those for older youth.   In developing this script, participants should limit the length to a minimum of 30 seconds and a maximum of 60 seconds.

 

NOTE:  Since we plan to upload these on our website and to use on social media, we ask that you introduce yourself using your FIRST NAME ONLY.  Please do not use your full name in your script.

 

  1. Participants will be asked to produce a video of them wearing and modeling their garment. While they are doing their modeling, participants should have someone read their script.  NOTE:  All videos should be done in a HORIZONTAL mode (not vertical).  The completed video should be uploaded to UD Dropbox using the following directions:
  • Send videos via UD Dropbox
  • Click the “Drop-off” button.
  • Enter your information in Box 1.
  • In Box 2 for recipient email, enter: de4h
  • Upload your file in Box 3 and then hit the “Drop-off the file(s)” box.

 

  1. Participants will be asked to bring their completed Clothing Showcase garment along with their completed application to their respective County 4-H Office on September 30th. Specific times for drop-off of these items will be shared by your County 4-H Office.

 

  1. The State 4-H office will coordinate the judging of the garments with designated judges.

 

  1. The State 4-H Office will coordinate all videos submitted into a combined video. This combined video will be shown on a Zoom session that will be scheduled on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 pm.  The Zoom link connection will be provided prior to the event to all participants.  We hope that all participants as well as their families can join to participate in this Zoom session, but attendance is not mandatory.    Awards will be announced at the end of the session.  The combined video will also be shared later on our State 4-H website as well as on our social media pages for additional audiences to view.

 

  1. Awards will be presented based on the 4-H Danish system with each entry receiving a ribbon. Each blue ribbon will entry receive a $15.00 monetary premium.  Any monetary premiums awarded will be mailed out to participants by the Delaware State Fair at a future date.  Please be aware that we will not utilize an Honor Court system for the 2020 Clothing Showcase event.

 

  1. Garments will be returned to your respective 4-H Club Leader for further distribution to the 4-H members.

 

2020-Information-on-County-Clothing-and-Textile-Showcase

 

4-H Contact for Questions:

Doug Crouse, State 4-H Program Leader

dcrouse@udel.edu

(302) 233-1750 (Cell)

Yard Sign Contest

Design, create, and display a yard sign promoting 4-H to our community during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Signs will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Message creativity
  • Artistic design
  • Adherence to contest rules

 

Entries:

E-mail 1 high quality photos or PDF to County Agent by September 28th.

Photo 1 – Close up picture of sign only

Winners will be announced on during national 4-H week.

 

Recognition:

  • 1st & 2nd place winners in each division will move to the state fair
  • All 4-H’ers that submit entries will receive 4-H ribbons

 

Divisions:

  • Division 1

Individual 4-H yard sign

  • Division 2

Club or Group 4-H yard sign

 

Contest Rules:

  • Signs must be 18 X 24 inches.
  • Signs may be horizontal only.
  • Signs may be made by any 4-H’er or by a team of members
  • 4-H Clover must be on front of board – do not place text or other images over or on top of it. No photo, drawing, symbol, word or other figure or object may be placed on or obscure the 4-H Emblem.
  • Well known cartoon figures such as Sponge Bob, superheroes, etc. cannot be used because they are copyrighted.
  • *Late entry photos will not be accepted.

4-H in Action

A special suppliment to the Delmarva Farmer by 4-H’ers for 4-H’ers

 

While the coronavirus has changed so much of our lives, we know
4-H youth are still active and have stories to tell.
Share those stories in 4-H in Action!

What is 4-H in Action?

4-H in Action is an annual newspaper written by 4-H members from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, showcasing the diversity of the program. 4-H members can write stories, columns, and take and submit photos for the supplement.
In support of 4-H Youth Development, a portion of the advertising revenue will be donated to the 4-H Programs in each of the states.

What is the format of stories to be included?

News Story:

This is an article about an event/happening/experience/person written in the 3rd person point
of view. Length is about 500 words.
Example: A reporter interviewing 4-Hers about the impact of their County Fair having to cancel.

Opinion/Editorial :

The author’s opinion on a topic or issue supported with facts. Example: A 4-Her’s opinion on the power of 4-H on youth.

Column :

A story told from the first person point of view, with opinion, reflection. Example: What Virtual 4-H Camp meant to me this summer.

News Brief :

Short article announcing small news. Covers the basics — who, what, where, when and why. 100-200 words. Example: A new 4-H club forms in your county.

Feature photo:

A picture with a longer caption. Caption has 2 or more sentences explaining the photo and giving context. Example: Photo of projects you completed during the year.

How do you participate? Where do I submit my article?

When articles are complete, email them as a Word document to Sean Clougherty, sean@americanfarm.com
Attach high-resolution photos separately in the e-mail. Include your County, 4-H Club name and age in the message. You can also reach Sean with questions at 410-822-3965 or sean@americanfarm.com.

When is the Deadline?
Articles and photos are to be submitted by Monday, September 23, 2020
Scheduled publication date is October 6, during National 4-H Week.

Delaware Virtual Dance Challenge

 

Delaware Youth Dance Challenge

When: Friday, September 18, 2020

Where: Join The Stream @HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/DEDANCE

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Video Requirements:

Video Submission Awards (winners announced day of event, September 18th)

 

1.      Elementary

2.      Middle School

3.      High School

4.      Family

 

All Amazon gift cards emailed directly to participants.

1st 2nd 3rd
$50 $35 $20
$50 $35 $20
$50 $35 $20

$20

(each family member up to 5 people)

 

$50 (total) $25 (total)

First 10 4-Hers to submit their videos will receive a $100.00 gift card. Please email Lindsay Hughes (lgooden@udel.edu) to verify your submission or for more information.      

 

 

Delaware State Fair Junior Board Now Accepting Applications

The application period is now open through September 25, 2020.

There are six (6) open positions on the 12 member board. This opportunity to serve is available to youth ages 16-21 (as of 10/31/20) and once appointed, the term is for two (2) years. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Junior Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of The Delaware State Fair. A brief interview to take place in mid-October will be required. The application form can be obtained on the Delaware State Fair’s web site www.delawarestatefair.com (click on General Info / Jr. Board) or by calling Rebekkah at the Fair Administration Office – 302-398-3269.

Opportunities for members who farm

Attention Project Leaders:

Want to help 4-H members test their investigative skills and help 4-H adapt to this pandemic? Interested in epidemiology (how we can track and prevent the spread of germs and diseases)? Consider leading the 4-H Virtual Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak Project! The Virtual 4-H Disease Detectives Project will help youth learn about disease outbreaks, virus transmissions, public health investigations and how protective actions like hand washing, wearing masks, vaccinations, and herd immunity help manage negative public health outcomes. This project is designed for virtual delivery to 4-H members that are at least 12 years old.

For more information and training on leading this project, please join the UC 4-H Healthy Living Leadership Team for a webinar on August 13, 2020 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm PST.

The training will also be recorded if this time doesn’t work for you. Register here: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=31737

If you click the link below you will find that local farm families can donate to New Castle County or Delaware 4-H through the Bayer give back fund. Please pass along to those who you think would do this.

Delaware State Fair Junior Board Now Accepting Applications

The application period is now open through September 25, 2020. There are six (6) open positions on the 12 member board. This opportunity to serve is available to youth ages 16-21 (as of 10/31/20) and once appointed, the term is for two (2) years. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Junior Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of The Delaware State Fair. A brief interview to take place in mid-October will be required. The application form can be obtained on the Delaware State Fair’s web site www.delawarestatefair.com (click on INFO / About Us / Jr. Board) or by calling Rebekkah at the Fair Administration Office – 302-398-3269.

Drug Facts Week Challenge

Drug Facts Week Challenge for 4-H Teens – Delaware 4-H is offering teens an opportunity to reach their community with information about the dangers of vaping, alcohol, marijuana or prescription drugs by creating videos of themselves or others sharing already developed announcements.  The flyer and the announcements are attached.  The first 10 teens who submit a video will receive $100 gift card.  Here is a Tik Tok video as a sample and teens can create video using phones or cameras as works best for them.  https://www.tiktok.com/@drleslie/video/6795503737877122310.

Ag Day 2020

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Ag Day.

We will all miss this wonderful educational and fun event, but understand in this difficult time.

If you have any questions, please email Kaitlin.