Items of interest to staff involved in 4-H Metro work.
November 15, 2013
July 2, 2013
Some of you may have heard about the "Maker Movement". This growing community is focused on DIY (Do It Yourself) skills and projects with a focus on new technologies that make invention something that anyone can do - such as 3D printing. But DIY projects and ideas are much broader and include making things from recycled products, knitting, and much more. These project ideas are actively shared through online communities such as Pinterest and the DIY Network.
The term "Maker" is branded by MAKE Magazine. A growing number of "Makerspaces" are organizing in Illinois and internationally. The Makerspace in Champaign, IL is a non-profit group that runs a small facility with 3D printers, computers, soldering equipment and other invention/DIY resources that are available for use by the public. Makerspaces also typically host "Maker Faires" which showcase different DIY/Maker projects to the public. There will be one in Champaign on September 21, 2013.
Meanwhile, MAKE Magazine has started "Maker Camp" which features a DIY project each morning and a Google+ Hangout every afternoon where they will introduce you to projects, makers, and the exciting world of the maker movement. The website is http://makezine.com/maker-camp/schedule/
It is run through Google+. It is aimed at kids ages 13+ (because that is the minimum age to create a Google+ profile), but younger youth are encouraged to log on with a parent and participate as well. (Thank you Jennifer Caldwell for finding this resource!)
Most of the supplies needed for the projects typically use household items, recycled products or low-cost items that you could get at a hardware store, similar to our "4-H Junkdrawer Robotics" curriculum. On Fridays, they take virtual "field trips" to different locations.
Ideas for Using:
* Share with 4-Hers involved in science/technology project areas
* Find a volunteer and start a DIY/Maker SPIN Club
* Use activities as part of a summer 4-H Science camp
* Select an activity for older youth to use as a demonstration/engagement effort with the public at your county fair or other county 4-H events
June 10, 2013
April 3, 2013
Illinois has been selected as one of five states to pilot the 4-H: Empowering Youth to End Hunger in Their Communities, an effort to heighten awareness of and solutions to reducing hunger and food insecurity in America. This grant opportunity, sponsored by the National 4-H Council with funding from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation is designed to engage and empower youth through service projects addressing community-based food security and hunger relief. Our goal is to engage a minimum of 500 youth and 100 adults in providing 10,000 service hours addressing this important issue. Program information for staff is posted to the Portal under Groups/4-H Contacts/Feeding and Growing Our Communities and includes:
Feeding and Growing Our Communities Overview – background information about the opportunity and useful websites.
2013 Illinois Challenge Grant Application – application form for use by 4-H clubs and extension staff in applying for funding.
4-H Ending Hunger Toolkit – a compiled source of resources, activities, and workshop suggestions to increase awareness of hunger and food insecurity and the Invest An Acre program for farmers and landowners.
Illini Fighting Hunger Community Partner Handbook – a step-by-step resource is provided by the Illini Fighting Hunger organization for groups interested in organizing a meal-packaging event to fight hunger in their community, county or region. Illini Fighting Hunger is a student led volunteer organization serving the UIUC campus and expands their reach into the state. If you are interested in observing and learning more about a meal-packaging event join Chancellor Phyllis Wise on April 20 as the U of I Campus community volunteers gather to assemble 146,000 meals representing 1,000 meals for every year the University of Illinois has been in existence.
This information will be posted to the State 4-H website and a notice will be emailed to 4-H leaders who had members enrolled in vegetable gardening during the 2011-12 4-H program year.
How can you get involved? Please communicate this opportunity to all 4-H clubs in your county/unit and challenge them to practice BIG M as they engage as a group to learn about hunger/food insecurity in their community and how they can become part of the solution in alleviating this significant need.
Feeding and Growing Our Communities Webinar – plan now to attend the Feeding and Growing Our Communities Webinar scheduled for Friday, April 19 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM. Following is the registration link:
Once your registration is complete you will receive a confirming email with the Meeting ID and Password.
May 9, 2012
The Illinois 4-H Foundation recently received a $4,500 grant as one of the annual charitable distributions from the 1st Farm Credit Donor Advised Fund, established in 2010 through the IAA Foundation. The mission of the IAA Foundation is to fund education, research, and charitable activities that benefit Illinois farm families and agriculture.
With these funds, the Illinois 4-H Foundation is able to help provide the 4-H experience and develop future leaders through new 4-H Metro Clubs and assist the 4-H Youth Leadership Team with efforts throughout the state while they mentor younger 4-H members. 1st Farm Credit's generosity will also allow the continued collaboration with Illinois 4-H as a Project Partner, focusing on providing experiences around science, engineering, and technology within all project areas.
To view full press release and photo: http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/content/illinois-4-h-foundation-receives-gift
January 26, 2012
I really enjoy working on developmental projects which require lots of thought, discussions, testing, etc. A few of the items I am currently working on include:
Like you, I also have operational tasks to fulfill. Currently I am on the search committee for our IT Director for Extension. It was exciting to hear the candidates talk about new technologies and their application to Extension. One candidate commented that 4-H could be training college faculty on what to expect next as we currently work with their future students. Interesting!
And, like you, I have organizational changes to embrace like Unified Communications (Lync). It's being rolled out on campus and at the State 4-H Office now; field-based colleagues will be hearing more about it soon. I decided to be an early adopter in the State 4-H Office and will be giving up my land-line phone to solely use Lync communication on my computer. The features are wonderful. As you have the opportunity to learn more, please take advantage.
Take care everyone!