Thursday, March 19, 2015

FIRST LEGO League - Challenge Teaser

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a tournament divided into three main parts:

  • The Robot Game - This is a timed challenge, where youth place previously programmed robots on the field and strive to obtain as many points as possible in the time allotted.
  • The Core Values - This is a character challenge, where youth are encouraged to engage in Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition (trademarked words meant to inspire friendly competition).
  • The Project - Finally, this is a research challenge, where youth are presented with a problem and must work together to design a creative solution to that problem.

Here is the 2015-2016 teaser for the Project portion of the tournament:

If you are interested in joining a robotics team or becoming a coach for this upcoming season, click HERE for more info.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Utah 4-H Leadermete 2015: Mission Possible

Each year 4-H youth, leaders and agents from throughout the state of Utah converge into one geographical area to attend Leadermete. In 2015 that convergence will happen in Salt Lake County on April 9-11.

For registration info click HERE.  Must be enrolled in 4-H to register/attend.

What is Leadermete?
Leadermete is a three day educational 4-H conference for high school aged youth, adult leaders and volunteers, though anyone is welcome to attend.
Leadermete is designed to help youth and leaders expand their knowledge and further develop skills that can assist them in becoming engaged leaders in their clubs, their community, their country and their world.

Leadermete is designed to provide:
  • An educational experience for adults and high school youth.
  • Programs to meet the needs of 4-H volunteers and youth, yet anyone can participate to learn more about what 4-H offers.
  • A fun, social, and entertaining event
Over the three day event you’ll be able to select your sessions from nearly 150 different workshop sessions in a variety of areas. Some workshops are also offered several times to make your choice of selections a little easier and ensure you can get everything you want out of the conference.

Summer is coming!

Summer is right around the corner!  Can you feel it?

Summer is our busiest time of year in Sevier County 4-H and this year will not disappoint! We have clubs in the works in YOUR community and classes that anyone from anywhere can come to!  Here's a little teaser on some of the topics in the works:

Overnight camps 5th-6th graders, 7-8th graders, and 9-12th graders (each is a separate event, of course)
Crafts (LOTS of crafts!)
Science (think camp, workshops, lego robotics teams, sewing with electricity - and MORE)
Chess Club
Gardening club
Art classes
Fun with reading
Horse shows and clinics
Livestock clubs and workshops

Our summer programming is only open to those who have formally enrolled in the 4-H program and paid their $5 enrollment fee.  For the all the enrollment info you need to know click HERE.

Signups will begin in May - stay tuned!

Dispelling Myths about 4-H

(this article, written by USU Extension Professor Kathy Riggs from Iron County, Utah, was published February 24, 2015 in The Spectrum; the article can also be accessed on The Spectrum website by clicking HERE)

Occasionally, in conversations about Utah State University Extension program offerings, people seem somewhat surprised to learn that 4-H is still around and is actually thriving in their communities. Here is an attempt to dispel some of the myths surrounding this youth development program that has been around — and still is — more than 100 years after it was first organized.
Myth: 4-H is a dying program.
Truth: 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, empowering 6 million young people throughout the United States. With an additional network of 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 25 million alumni, 4-H helps shape youths to move our country and the world in unique and effective ways. In 2014, Utah 4-H reported 6,301 adult volunteers, 2,064 youth volunteers and 63,921 members. 4-H is not dying in our state.
Myth: 4-H is only for elementary-aged youth.
Truth: The age of 4-H members ranges from 8 to 18. Youth must turn 8 years old before the first of the calendar year and be in the third grade to enroll. Many youths participate through the summer following high school graduation. Youths in grades 8 to 12 are also eligible to participate in Teen Council leadership clubs. In Utah, many counties offer “Clover Bud” activities that focus on introducing youth ages 5 to 7 to various areas of 4-H.
Myth: 4-H doesn’t have much to offer to older youths.
Truth: Youths looking for opportunities to learn leadership, teach their peers as well as younger youths, or who are searching for a way to attend college will want to take a closer look at 4-H. Many 4-H teens have used their “portfolios” for competing as Sterling Scholars, attending national leadership conferences and yes, even earning 4-year scholarships to attend college.
Myth: You have to work with animals to be a part of 4-H.
Truth: While horsemanship and livestock projects are alive and well in the 4-H program, there are more than 100 4-H “projects” in areas of science and technology, citizenship and leadership, healthy living and nutrition, and mentoring.
Myth: 4-H is only for kids who live on farms.
Truth: Through America’s 110 land-grant universities and its Cooperative Extension System, 4-H reaches every corner of our nation from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities.
Myth: 4-H is just a series of fun activities.
Truth: 4-H is very deliberate in helping youths incorporate the four leaves of the 4-H clover. The Hs stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health and represent the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs. The values for each leaf include: Head — Managing and Thinking; Heart — Relating and Caring; Hands — Giving and Working; and Health — Being and Living.
Further, 4-H programs strive to incorporate the essential elements of 4-H youth development which include helping youths experience a sense of belonging, providing experiences that help youths gain skills to work independently, creating opportunities for youths to help others and serve their community by practicing generosity, and, finally, taking steps in 4-H project work to accomplish mastery in the chosen project area. Such essential elements prepare youths to become caring and contributing members of society and may lead to future careers.
If you are new to 4-H, learn how to join as a member or become a volunteer. All the information you need to get started may be found at You may also visit your local USU Extension Office to find out more about your local 4-H program.
You may not have time or interest in becoming involved as a 4-H club volunteer, but opportunities to participate in specific programs throughout the year are available. If you want to help sponsor a 4-H event or club, donations of materials and supplies are always welcome.
Kathleen Riggs is the Utah State University Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Professor for Iron County. Questions or comments may be sent to

Utah 4-H Regional Leadership Summit - May 16, 2015

A great opportunity is coming to our area in May - a statewide teen training - sign up today!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Does Playdough Conduct Electricity?

Believe it or not, playdough is a pretty good conductor of electricity. But how well does it work? Find out by joining us at ITS Kids Science Camp this summer.

During this week-long summer adventure, youth in grades K-6 will engage in creative and innovative thinking, while discovering a wide range of exciting experiments, including playdough circuitry.

To enroll, visit Register before April 30th to save $25. You won't want to miss this!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sign Ups for LEGO Robotics

Now that we have introduced you to the LEGO Mindstorm kits through the LEGO my Robot event, it is time to start forming Robotics Teams.

Who can be on a Robotics Team?
Youth ages 9-14 are invited to join Robotics Teams. To participate through Sevier County 4-H, youth must be enrolled in 4-H prior to participation.

How do I enroll in 4-H?
Youth may enroll in 4-H by visiting this site or by visiting the 4-H office. Remember, youth must be enrolled in 4-H prior to participating in a LEGO Robotics team through Sevier County 4-H.

How do I sign up to be on a LEGO Robotics team?
Visit this site to sign up. If you already signed up in paper form, you do not have to sign up through this online form.

When will LEGO Robotics team meetings begin?
Once we have Coaches, we will begin to sort teams according to Coach availability and location. If you have signed up, you will receive notice about the When and the Where as soon as Coaches are available.

I might be interested in becoming a LEGO Robotics Coach.
Awesome! Please take a moment to fill out this short form, and we can discuss what it takes to become a Robotics Coach. If you have already signed up in paper form, you do not have to sign up through this online form. Also, check out the video below for inspiration.

I have other questions or concerns.
If you have any other questions about 4-H Robotics Teams, contact Aris at
LEGO Robotics, here we come!