4-H STEM Challenge!

You’ve still got time to be part of the 4-H STEM Challenge! Order your Mars Base Camp kit with the special discount code available to Ohio 4-H families. Your kit includes a Mars poster, rover kit, coding activity and more! Register for your code today at go.osu.edu/2020ohiostemchallenge. You’ll
receive a discount on the family kit, combine it with the $5 discount at Shop4-h.org and your kit is only $7.80 + tax!

Blast-off to Mars with Ohio 4-H and join the 4-H STEM Challenge

We’re launching a trip to Mars Base Camp and want to help you get there! The 2020 4-H STEM Challenge explores sending a mission to Mars and what it takes to sustain life in space. The Mars Base Camp kit includes activities that use STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture.

We want Ohio 4-H families to join in and thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation and Google, you can receive an $8 discount on the Mars Base Camp family kit. The family kit is available at shop4-h.org for $15.95, plus shipping, but with the Ohio 4-H discount and the $5 discount available on their website, your final cost is just $7.80 + tax.

Want to learn more?

 And to help you on your Martian journey, the Ohio 4-H STEM Team is hosting a week of virtual, space activities from Oct. 4-10. Details at https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/4-h-science/mars-base-camp-4-h-stem-challenge . Get ready to blast-off!

 

Fair Pass Distribution for 2020 Junior Fair

The Clermont County Agricultural Society is hosting a modified Junior Fair this year.  In an effort to limit crowd sizes, events will not be open to the general public for admission. Anyone attending the Clermont County Junior Fair this year will need to wear a wristband (no paper passes this year).  Each livestock exhibitor will be issued a band and their immediate family will be given four bands. For example, a family with two livestock exhibitors will be issued six total bands. Those participating in general project judging be given two bands. One for themselves and one for a family member bringing them to project judging. Cloverbuds are not considered exhibitors and would use one of the family’s four bands. If your family needs more than four bands for immediate family members who are not exhibitors, please send an email to pkirk6423@gmail.com and explain your situation and how many extra bands you are requesting. Requests will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Livestock exhibitors, 4-H advisors and county breeders can pick up their bands at the Junior Fairboard office on Friday, July 24th from 5-9:00pm. General Project exhibitors can pick up their bands in the Senior Fairboard office on Friday, July 24th from 5:00-9:00pm. Wristbands must be picked up by a family representative. That person will be required to sign for the bands. Wristbands will NOT be distributed to your 4-H advisors to hand out.

The representative signing for the bands is responsible for the distribution of those bands. Wrist bands must be visible the entire week and should not be shared with other individuals. Exhibitors and spectators will not be permitted onto the fairgrounds without a wristband.

Ohio 4-H Project Showcase

4-H Clover-with-transparent-backgroundWe know you work hard on your 4-H projects, so share those efforts! This summer we invite 4-H members in good standing to submit a photo of themselves with their 4-H project for display in an online project showcase. You’ll be asked to share what you liked about the project and one new thing you learned. Parents will also need to sign their approval for youth to participate.

 

 

Here’s more:

  • Select your favorite project – one per person
  • Send a great photo – at least 2 MB
  • Photos will be display after September 8, at ohio4h.org

Submit your photos by August 15 at go.osu.edu/4H2020Showcase. Questions? Contact Sarah Longo at longo.79@osu.edu.

We’re looking for youth Dandelion Detectives!

Dandelion Detective workbook coverDandelion Detectives is a STEM activity targeting 3-7 graders where participants work together to measure the value of weeds for insects. Dandelion Detectives will take place over the summer of 2020 and participants can be located in Ohio or surrounding midwestern states.

The Dandelion Detectives project can be completed in one day of your choice (June-August) and involves: taking a pre and post questionnaire about insects; observing insects at an “Observation Dandelion” created using simple provided materials and sugar water mixture; and conducting a lawn weed survey. Participating Dandelion Detectives will be able to upload their findings to a project website. At the end of the project, students will receive a “Student Scientist” certificate and will have access to all of the data collected by the project team!

Toolkits containing all materials to participate in Dandelion Detectives can be ordered for $10 (to cover shipping fees) at this link.

We also offer a do-it-yourself option here.

To sign up for Dandelion Detectives or for more information, visit this website: https://u.osu.edu/dandeliondetectives/

Contact the DD team with any questions: dandeliondetectives@gmail.com

Learn Now: Ohio 4-H Conference Videos

2020_Ohio4-H_Conference_WebBannerStay-at-home directives led to the cancellation of the 2020 Ohio 4-H Conference, but now you can view sessions at home! More than 30 presenters recorded their videos on topics ranging from club activities to line dancing to career options. Find it here.

Now’s the Time to Enroll in Clermont County 4-H!

4-H members with clover (4-H Mascot) enjoying the Clermont County Fair4-H enrollment season is here! Registration for the Clermont County 4-H program is due by March 15.

4-H gives youth a chance to pursue their own interests – from photography to computers to cake decorating, from building rockets to raising sheep.  4-Hers go places – to camp, to fairs, to state and national conferences and competitions. They learn to be leaders and active citizens.

Clermont County has nearly forty 4-H clubs, specializing in home economics, leadership, shooting sports and animal science. Through individual and group projects, 4-H instills integrity, service, leadership and personal growth in youth. To view a list of projects and resources, please visit projectcentral.ohio4h.org.

To be a 4-H member, a child must be age 8 and in the third grade. For younger children (age 5 and in Kindergarten), Clermont County offers a program called 4-H Cloverbuds.  Cloverbuds participate in non-competitive activities exploring a variety of fun, hands on interest areas.  Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities through our Winning 4-H Plan.

How to Enroll – New and Returning Members (New Family instruction begins on page 8).  Click here for a coordinating Video.

4-H Open House

4-H Grows Here logoJoin us on Saturday, February 15, at 4-H Hall from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm for a 4-H Open House We’ll have information about completing your 4-H projects, 4-H Camp, 4-H Enrollment, county & state fair winning projects will be on display, junior fair livestock registration and much more!

Spread the word and bring a friend!

If your club would like to participate, or if you have a 4-H project or camp/trip poster you would like to display, please contact Sharon Francis at 513-332-4897 or jfrancis@cinci.rr.com.

4-H Open House flyer

Great Opportunity for 4-H Training (Youth & Adult)

Mark your calendars for a Multi-County 4-H Training on Thursday, February 28.  Great way for 4-H Volunteers to get their mandatory Policy 1.50 Training (two sessions offered) and youth to get their Quality Assurance Training.

Register today at: go.osu.edu/2019multicountytraining.

Topics include:

  • Policy 1.50 – Two sessions offered.  Come early for the 6:30 class.
  • Livestock Updates and Quality Assurance – from Lizz Share, State Extension Specialist, 4-H/Youth Development Livestock and Food Animal Programs
  • Cloverbud Volunteer Resources
  • Poultry
  • Cake Decorating & Creative Arts
  • Teen Trips & Opportunities
  • Growing Great Qualities in Kids
  • How to Complete Your 4-H Project

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for youth and adult volunteers!

Thank You, Volunteers!

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Thank you all for being key to our success.  It was a pleasure to celebrate so many wonderful individuals, members, clubs and 4-H supporters at our annual 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.  Congratulations to Sharon Francis, 4-H Volunteer of the Year and Clermont County Juvenile Court & Ohio State Highway Patrol Batavia Post, Friends of 4-H Award recipients!

    

We appreciate our volunteers and all they do to make Clermont County 4-H successful!