State 4-H projects, including news about project curricula/manuals.
February 13, 2013
A few resources for anyone working with a SPIN club that is interested in doing community mapping, geocaching or other activities related geographic information systems (GIS) and/or geographic positioning systems (GPS) units...
1. Illinois 4-H MapMaker Website http://web.extension.illinois.edu/4hmapmakers/
Downloadable lesson plans, links to resources, examples of youth-created map projects and more!
2. A listserv for 4-H staff and volunteers to share questions and resources: 4HGISGPS@LISTS.UMN.EDU
3. Recommendations for purchasing GPS units (based on input from above listserv discussion):
The legends are still the recreational GPS unit that all new ones are measured against. They have the WAAS correction available and get the 20 feet accuracies that fit most of our needs. They do have issues in "heavy cover" situations, like deep woods, canyons and similar situations. New models add a new software package (high sensitivity) and more efficient antennae that gives us better reception in that "deep cover", but still have the 20 feet accuracies in all open sky use.
The newer models that use the high sensitivity system are models like the Garmin eTrex Venture HC and Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx. They are both old tech, too. They have been replaced by the new eTrex 10, 20 or 30 and the GPSMAP 62 series. Some of these units use both the US GPS satellites and the Russian GPS satellites, which gives them another little bump in accuracy in "heavy cover" locations. They still get the standard 20 feet accuracy in open sky locations.
Which should you buy? Since the accuracy does not get any better with the recreational grade GPS units as the price goes up, lower end units are completely accurate. The eTrex models are generally $150 to $200 less than the GPSMAP models with the same basic features. They will make maps that are identical, within the 20 feet accuracies. Not until you get into the survey grade GPS units that have costs of thousands of dollars, do you get better accuracies. Most of our mapping has us locating buildings or similar structures. The accuracy of the recreation GPS unit is completely adequate for mapping those sites. Geocachers hide and find cache containers the size of thimbles with recreational GPS units.
Do a good job of shopping for these units. You will be able to save 30% or more off of the MSRP. Review the features of each of the models on www.garmin.com to help you make a decision.
January 11, 2013
The February/March 2013 issue of the Illinois Leader is now available for download from the portal under Volunteer Support: Illinois Leader. It will also be posted shortly to the Illinois 4-H web site under Volunteers: Volunteer Support: Leader Resources: Illinois Leader. Please share this newsletter with your 4-H leaders via email, by linking it on your county/Unit web site, by including it in your county/Unit newsletter, or by providing paper copies at leader meetings.
October 1, 2012
Applications for the 2012-13 4-H Clover Challenge Grant program are now available for downloading from the Illinois 4-H Foundation website. Thanks to DuPont Pioneer and the Illinois Soybean Association for sponsoring this opportunity for a second year. Staff and members can download the applications at: http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/financial_support.
Staff are encouragedto review the applications on line as the information included will answer many of their questions. In addition to meeting both age and project requirements as listed in the application, selected applicants will be expected to:
Please note: all 2012 State FairExhibitors in Crops and Foods and Nutrition projects meeting the age requirements andreceived a Superior ratingwill receive a special email invitation to participate. Applications are due December 1 and program acceptance will be communicated with all applicants before January 1. Applicants will have between January 1 and July 31, 2013to complete their plan and report their accomplishments.
Please let me know if you have additional questions. Bill
August 15, 2012
The 2012-13 Project Resources are now posted on the Portal. This includes the 2012-13 Project List, Project List with Pub Costs, Summary of Project Changes, and the Project Reference Catalog. These documents are available under Curriculum Support/2012-13 4-H Project Support. Contact Madonna Weese at email@example.com with questions.
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April 16, 2012
The network of robotics leaders/coaches/mentors is growing. Only a small percentage of these volunteers are engineers by trade. The others come from diverse backgrounds and bring expertise in problem solving, teamwork, communication, project management, design, etc.
The following resources have been developed to help this group of leaders use each other as a resource, and to better promote the successes of our 4-H clubs/teams:
Facebook Group Page: Illinois 4-H Robotics (anyone can request membership). Members invited to post questions, successes, videos, photos, etc.
Google Group: Illinois 4-H Robotics (anyone can request membership but primarily designed for club leaders). To join, please send email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org The googlegroup includes a listserv that we can use to post and respond to leader questions.
All of the adult leaders who brought a team to the 4th annual state competition have been added to the google group. But please help share these resources with your other 4-H robotics volunteers as well!
April 16, 2012
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March 13, 2012
Staff have started requesting an overview of State Fair Online that they can include in their county fairbooks. The following can be used for this purpose, and also shared on your website or other communication with 4-H families. If you have any questions, please let me know! - Lisa
2nd Annual 4-H State Fair Online
An additional state-level judging opportunity and chance to share what you've learned in 4-H with the broader public!!!
Who: Open to all Illinois 4-H members who meet state fair age requirements (at least 10 years of age by September 1, 2011). No county-level selection process is required.
Entries from the 2011 Illinois 4-H State Fair Online can be viewed at: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/4hstatefaironline/ Updates on the 2012 event will be posted on this website later this spring. Details on 2012 entries can be found in the 2012 General 4-H Exhibit – Illinois State Fair guidelines. Related classes include My 4-H Project Video (#50295) and My 4-H Project Map (#50125).
Additional Notes on Filmmaking Classes 50290-50294 - this same information is in the 2012 State Fair Exhibit guidelines:
March 2, 2012
Thanks to those staff that were able to participate in the 4-H APF webinar on February 28. It seems there is quite a bit of confusion centered on 4-H Fairs and Exhibitions. Based upon questions I received during the webinar earlier this week I have posted the following resource documents to the portal. I encourage staff to refer to these as they prepare their 4-H Showbook for the upcoming fair season. The documents include:
These items are located on the portal: Groups/4-H Contacts/Agricultural Premium Fund
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this information or related to your 4-H Showbook or Exhibitions.