4-H SPecial INterest Clubs
November 15, 2013
September 13, 2013
Bond County: September 17, 2013 5:30 PM.
Bond County Extension Office, 925 East Harris, Greenville, IL
Macon County: Sept 19, 4-6 PM.
Stephen Decatur Middle School Library, 300 E. Eldorado, Decatur, IL.
Cook County: Sept 21, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
LevelUp Makerspace in the Ford City Mall in Chicago
10:00am - 11:00am Chicago Knights will guide participants through building and programming a simple "trainer bot" for use in later training activities. (If you have already built a robot, you can bring that instead)
11:00am - 1:00pm Programming workshop
1:00 Workshop Ends
1:00 - 3:00 Open Lab Time, facilitated by Chicago Knights and Bob Smith
September 4, 2013
Planning a 4-H Science SPIN club, camp, workshop or after-school program? If you're looking for fun activities, you might consider the following resources:
We have so many great 4-H Curriculum resources. Don't forget those that are specifically designed for group learning. Afterschool Ag, Scientific Inquiry with Butterflies, Exploring Spaces/Going Places, Get Up & Move!, Exploring Your Environment, Junkdrawer Robotics, There's No New Water, Wind Energy and more!!
Steve Spangler, Making Science Fun: Resources include online database of science experiments (requires free login) http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/?gclid=CLyP4LSEsrkCFZE7MgodnRMAhw
Design It and Explore It Curriculum: Tested by 4-H programs across the country in after-school settings. Easy and diverse science experiments. (Used in 4-H Tech Wizard sites in Units 1, 5, and 12) http://www.kelvin.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=TSED
Choose Health: Food, Fun and Fitness Youth Curriculum for 8-12 yr olds (2013 Pilot Initiative being taught by 4-H Teen Teachers in Units 7, 11, 16 and 22) https://fnec.cornell.edu/Our_Initiatives/CHFFF.cfm
I Think Green (4-H and Master Gardener Program): Activities to explore how living things interact with each other and their environment http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ithinkgreen/
MakerBot Education: Workshop and activity ideas for 3D printing http://curriculum.makerbot.com/
Make: DIY (Do It Yourself) project ideas for the workshop, kitchen, garage and backyard! http://makezine.com/projects/
Sparkfun: curriculum for using Arduino programmable boards to use in wide range of DIY projects (2013-14 Pilot Initiative in Units 1, 5 and 22) https://learn.sparkfun.com/curriculum
Guide for Creating MakerClub for Youth: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9esWAj9mpBLNmRlMWYxZjUtZjJjMi00NTdhLThmNjUtMmM5ZDk5NTZmMzBh/edit
Invention Dimension: Inventor of the Week, Inventor's Handbook, Games & Trivia, Links & Resources http://web.mit.edu/invent/invent-main.htmlAlso, don't forget all the past NYSD (National Youth Science Day) experiments! Your unit likely has kits sitting on a shelf somewhere with at least some of these supplies. Past topics include: Helpful Hydrogels, BioFuel Blast, EcoBot, Wired for Wind, 4-H20, Maps & Apps http://www.4-h.org/4-h-national-youth-science-day/past-experiments-archives/
July 30, 2013
Registration for the robotics webinar scheduled for Aug 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM is open using the following link:
The webinar will cover the following topics:
For more information, contact Bob Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
July 30, 2013
July 30, 2013
The 6th annual 4-H Statewide Robotics Competition has been set for May 3, 2014.
Details on the robotics challenge for this event will be released around Feb. 1, 2014 and posted to the State 4-H Events page.
The event will be held at the Activities and Recreation Center on the campus of the University of Illinois. The competition will utilize Gym 1 as the competition area and "home base" location for teams; each team will have a table and several chairs available. Also, the date was chosen so the 4-H competition will have access to all of the bleachers in the ARC. The teamwork and robot design judging will take place in MP1 and MP2. Note that Gym 1 is approximately 5 times larger than the previous venue, MP6 while the judging rooms are each about twice as large as the previous judging rooms.
July 3, 2013
PBS LearningMedia, formerly known as PBS Teachers, provides educators with access to over 30,000 digital resources, including exciting and interactive STEM curriculum and activities. Resources are organized by subject, grade level (from pre-K to post-high school), and resource/media type.
Free sign up is required to access.
Some examples of science resources in this database include:
* Online interactive to explore STEM/engineering careers
* Video by NOVA follows two teams as they push their engineering design skills to the limit to develop systems that allow cars to drive themselves in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.
* Video segment adapted from NOVA scienceNOW examines the next generation of space suits.
* Young inventors poster describing inventions by students in grades 4-7 with description of the challenges they faced during the design process.
* Alternative Energy: This video from the NewsHour's Science Unit, explores efforts by scientists to turn algae into clean fuel.
And much, more more!!
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 28, 2013
More information on robotics competitions available to 4-H robotics SPIN Clubs will be discussed during the upcoming Robotics Webinar on August 28. For clubs that are familiar with FIRST® Tech Challenge, grant opportunities exist for 4-H robotics SPIN clubs interested in competing in FTC as rookie teams. FIRST® is offering $500 grants for Rookie FTC Teams grants to cover some of the costs associated with competing in FTC.
Illinois 4-H SPIN Clubs that participate in FTC as rookie teams can also apply for a SPIN Club equipment grant that can be used to purchase the Tetrix Robotics kit used in the competition. Note that the components in the kit cannot be cut, drilled or modified so the kit can potentially be used by other 4-H clubs. SPIN Club equipment grants can only be used to purchase non-consumable items.
FIRST® Tech Challenge is a robotics competition youth in 7th-12th grade based on a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building and programming their robots to compete as alliances against other teams. More information on FTC can be found here http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc
For more information on starting an FTC team, contact Bob Smith, email@example.com
June 28, 2013
This is a reminder to have robotics SPIN clubs complete the 4-H Robotics Science Survey. The survey can be found on the portal under 4-H Contacts/Evaluation/2013 IRB Approved Science Surveys & Coversheets. This applies to clubs that did not participate in the 2013 Statewide Robotics Competition.
Counties holding robotics camps should also have youth attending the camp fill out the 4-H Robotics Science Survey.
Surveys for these three program areas should be mailed directly to SRL along with the coversheet:
Survey Research Laboratory
412 S. Peoria, Ste. 615
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Please mark it as "SRL #1143 - Science", and also put the completed cover sheet on top of the stack in the box. If you are sending campus mail, the M/C is 336.
For questions regarding the surveys, contact Bob Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 10, 2013
May 10, 2013
February 5, 2013
InvenTeams - Introducing Students to the World of Invention
The InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school age youth to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. InvenTeams are teams of high school youth/students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve.
In 2012 the Essex and Clinton County's NY Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) group received an InvenTeam grant for their invention idea to develop small pre-filters to improve the operation of bio-sand filters to provide clean water to households in developing countries (learn more here). They are the first 4-H club to receive an InvenTeam grant.
You can visit the InvenTeams web site (http://web.mit.edu/inventeams/) to learn more about the InvenTeams program and how to apply. 4-H and Lemelson-MIT are working on resources to support and promote youth invention. We hope to see more 4-H clubs participate in InvenTeams. Applications must be completed online. The deadline date is April 5, 2013.
October 15, 2012
September 28, 2012
August 29, 2012
Here are some links of resources that might be helpful in your 4-H Science Programming
Generation STEM Report www.girlscounts.org/research
Graphical representation of above report on "What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math http://www.transportationyou.org/wp-content/uploads/InfoGraphic-STEM-report.pdf
NIU STEMFest 2012, Saturday, October 20 from 10am to 5pm (free event with many hands-on activities, challenges and demostrations) http://stemfest.niu.edu/stemfest/
6th Annual Conference for Promoting STEM: Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Students in STEM, October 26, 8:30am – 5:00pm, Oakton Community College, www.oakton.edu/cp-stem
Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (2010), AAUW Report http://www.aauw.org/learn/research/whysofew.cfm
Illinois Girls Collaborative Project (mini-grants for engaging girls in STEM) Due: October 31,2012 http://www.ngcproject.org/mini-grants
Design Squad Nation (videos, downloadable inquiry activities, career exploration tools, animations, challenges and more) A great resource for 4-H science camps, science excited activities, SPIN clubs and more. http://pbskids.org/designsquad/ (be sure to click the "parents and educators" button for more resources)
March 7, 2012
Register for upcoming 4-H 101 webinars via the updated registration site.These training opportunites are appropriate for 4-H staff, office support staff and county directors since each staff role has a unique part in supporting the Illinois 4-H program.
Once completed, 4-H 101 Webinarrecordings, powerpoints with notepages, and related documentswill be archived on the Portal; 4-H Contacts; Staff Development; Webinars.
Registration is open for these upcoming webinars:
Monday, March 12, 2012 - 1:30 PM - Think Green
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 1:30 PM - 4-H Fiscal Issues
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:30 AM - 4-H Shooting Sports
Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 10:00 AM - SPIN Clubs
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 1:30 PM - State Fair Online
Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 1:30 PM - Recognition, Part II
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 1:30 PM - PYD BIG-M, Part I
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 1:30 PM - PYD BIG-M, Part II
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 1:30 PM - State Fair Update
Click here for more information or to register: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=6575
NOTE: A confirmation for each 4-H 101 Webinar will be sent to your email account when you register. Save all email confirmations so you do not duplicate your registration.
Be aware that webinar times and days of the week vary and note those dates and times on your calendar.You are encouraged to register at least five days prior to each webinar as topic-specific information may be shared with participants prior to some sessions.
Posted by Patricia C. McGlaughlin
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Categories: Awards, Scholarships & Recognition, Clubs, E&R, Fiscal/Tax, Local Fairs & APF, Policies/UMH, PYD, Risk Mgmt., Shooting Sports, SPIN Clubs, Staff Development, State Fair, Thinking Green, Volunteers
February 13, 2012
Register for any or all of the upcoming 4-H 101 webinars.
This is a training opportunity for 4-H staff, office support staff and county directors, since each staff role has a unique part in supporting the Illinois 4-H programs.
The following 4-H 101 Webinars have already been completed and the powerpoints with notepages and related documents are available on the Portal under Groups; 4-H Contacts; Staff Development; Webinars:
Registration is open for these upcoming webinars:
NOTE: A confirmation for each 4-H 101 Webinar is sent to your email account when you register. Please check for those email confirmations so you do not duplicate your registration.
Note that webinar times and days of the week vary. Please register at least 5 days prior to each webinar, as topic-specific info may be shared with participants before the sessions.
Posted by Patricia C. McGlaughlin
at 8:30 AM |
Categories: Awards, Scholarships & Recognition, Clubs, E&R, Fiscal/Tax, Local Fairs & APF, Policies/UMH, PYD, Risk Mgmt., SPIN Clubs, Staff Development, State Fair, Thinking Green, Volunteers
January 19, 2012
Do you have 4-H'ers or clubs interested in robotics? Consider joining this new "IL 4-H Robotics" Facebook group and help spread the word.The new Facebook group aims to connect the growing community of youth, volunteers and partners from across the state of Illinois who are doing exciting things with robotics: 1) 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Robotics Clubs, 2) 4-H clubs participating in FIRST events (FLL, FTC, FRC), 3) Annual State 4-H Robotics Competition at UIUC, and more! This is a group in which to ask questions and share successes. Also look for posts on grant opportunities and program resources to support your robotics club.