Friday, December 19, 2014

National Video Game Challenge

The National Video Game Challenge (www.stemchallenge.org) encourages youth in grades 5th-12th grade to create a video game by Feb 25, 2015 for the chance to win a prize. 4-H Code Club has accepted that challenge. Will you?

 
 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2nd Code Club Meeting


Thanks to all who joined us for the first official Code Club meeting last Friday.

Reminder, our next meeting is this Friday, December 19th from 2-3:30PM. Please bring $1 to contribute to the snack fund. It would also be in your best interest to bring a laptop if you have one because 4-H computers are limited. For this second meeting, we will be voting in club officers and two of our members will be presenting a tutorial.

Anyone ages 11 and up is welcome! We hope to see you there.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Join Us for an Hour (or more) of Code



Interested in learning how to code? 
If you have basic computer skills (such as typing and searching the internet) and if you are 11 or older, then 4-H welcomes you to come learn how to code. Adults and youth are both welcome! 

When is the code club?
December 12, 2014 from 2:00PM-4:30PM.

I'm interested. How do I get involved?

[If you are not able to join us in December, but would still like to join a code club, don't fret. We hope to start coding together at least once a month. We hope to see you there!]

Why code?


Friday, November 21, 2014

Calling All Adult and Teen Volunteers! - TRY Teams



Beginning January 2015, Sevier County 4-H would like to start Teens Reaching Youth (TRY) teams.

What is a TRY team?
A TRY team consists of 2-4 teen volunteers (grades 8-12) and 1 adult coach.

What does a TRY team do?
A TRY team is trained to teach curriculum and lead small-scale and community events for youth.

I'm interested. How can I get involved?
Please take a moment and fill out this brief survey:

TRY Team Interest Survey

I have more questions. Who can I contact?
If you would like more information about TRY teams, please contact Aris at seviercounty4-h@usu.edu or call 435-893-0470 or text 435-709-5514.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MathMovesU Scholarship - Middle School

www.mathmovesu.com

MathMovesU.com is offering a chance to win a scholarship to middle school students who build a PowerPoint that answers this prompt:

“Math is in the world all around us. Morning, noon, and night – how does math move you or the world around you?”

Who is eligible?
Current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

What is the scholarship?
150 middle school students nationwide will win $1,000 scholarships to attend math and science camps OR $1,000 to save for college plus a matching grant for their school.

When is the deadline?
February 7, 2015

How can I apply?
Visit http://www.mathmovesu.com/sites/default/files/2014%20MMU%20Middle%20School%20Scholarship%20Application.pdf

Monday, November 10, 2014

STEM Scholarship Opportunity - Making the Future

Teenager with Guitar
[Picture Courtesy of www.makered.org]

Cognizant, a Fortune 500 company, is offering a scholarship to students willing to design and build an innovative project.

Who is eligible?

Students eligible to enroll or currently enrolled in college with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

What if I am not eligible?

Check the application website when you do become eligible. This scholarship occurs annually, so when you do become a high school senior or college undergraduate, this opportunity will be waiting for you.

How much is the scholarship?

$5,000

When is the deadline?

March 31, 2015

How can I apply?

Visit  http://www.cognizant.com/makingthefuture


Friday, September 26, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Enrollment starts October 1st!


2014-2015 4-H Year begins October 1st!

The new year is just around the corner - so, what?

That means, that it is time to re-enroll in 4-H! 

On September 30th, all records will become "inactive" in our online enrollment system and in order to benefit from the great things we have planned for 2014-2015, all youth and adult volunteers need to re-enroll.

Please wait until after October 1st but then please sign up early!  If you take care of it now, you'll be covered by 4-H accident insurance from now through next September, AND we will be able to keep in contact with you and keep you in the loop on upcoming events.

All the enrollment and re-enrollment instructions can be found HERE.  We look forward to another great 4-H year with you!

Coming Soon! 4-H FIRST LEGO League – Spring 2015


What is FIRST LEGO League?

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a national youth robotics competition coming soon to Sevier County 4-H. FLL introduces youth, ages 9 to 14, to real-world engineering challenges, inspiring future scientists and engineers. To read about past and future competitions, visit www.firstlegoleague.org or www.usfirst.org

When will it start?

Sevier County 4-H will begin FIRST LEGO League in Spring 2015.

Who can participate?

Youth ages 9-14.

If you would like to receive support from your community 4-H club (including access to free robots and other related materials), youth must be enrolled in 4-H prior to participation. To enroll in 4-H, visit www.ut.4honline.com or visit our office at 250 North Main, Richfield, UT 84701.

I’m interested! How can I find out more?

New information about FIRST LEGO League (FLL) in Sevier County will be updated on the Sevier County 4-H blog (www.seviercounty4h.blogspot.com) and on the 4-H website (www.seviercounty4-h.org). Check back often for more info.



Until then… watch this quick video and get excited about FLL! Spring 2015 is right around the corner!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

4-H can get me a college scholarship? You bet!


ATTENTION ALL COLLEGE-BOUND YOUTH!
4-H CAN HELP YOU GET YOU A SCHOLARSHIP!

There are several different ways the words "4-H" and "scholarship" go together.

  • By being an active member in our Jr/Teen Councils, youth can earn points toward scholarships to go to state and regional 4-H camps.
  • The Sevier County Teen Council offers up to three scholarships ($250, $500, and $750) to graduating seniors each year. Youth must be active in the Teen Council, submit an application in March/April of their senior year, and participate in an interview.
  • 4-H Livestock youth who have participated in the Southern Utah Junior Livestock Show will have access to their scholarship - check with us in March for an application.
  • By completing a 4-H Portfolio, youth can apply for a variety of scholarships to attend Utah State University (click HERE for more info)
  • 4-H youth in the Horse Project have access to the Utah 4-H Horse Council Scholarship which can be used toward college expenses at any college/university. (click HERE for more info)
  • The Daniels Fund scholarship is a great scholarship accessible to 4-H youth. (click HERE for more info)
  • The new Sevier County 4-H Grant program will be provide tools and support to high school youth as well.  (click HERE for more info)

Out-Shoot the Sheriff!


Outshoot the Sheriff

A Shooting Sports Contest to see if you can outshoot Sheriff Nate Curtis and some of his deputes!

October 3, 2014
2:00-5:00 pm
Sevier County Administration Building
Training Room
250 North Main, Richfield

Youth must be between 10-18 years of age and have a Hunter Education Card (Blue Card)
Any parent who would like to help with this activity is welcome!
For questions, please contact the 4-H Office at 435-893-0470

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

October Fab Friday


4-H October Fab Friday

Friday, October 3, 20142:00-5:00 PM
Sevier County Fairgrounds

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE! Spooky House Diva Style:  Ghostly lights to light up your haunted house.  You will make 3 projects in this class.  Bring a quart sized glass jar, and 5 toilet paper tubes.  Cost $15.00

Rockets!:  Need I say more?  Lance Larsen is back again to make model rockets that you will launch.  You can purchase additional rocket launchers at Larsen's Ace Hardware.  Moms and dads are welcome to come, too!  Cost $15.00

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE! The Witch is In:  A Halloween deco mesh wreath.  Cost $15.00

Meet Our Ghost:   BOO in wooden letters, and a falling leaves project.  Cost $15.00

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE! Fresh for Fall Loom Knit Scarves: Julia Parslow has returned ready to show you how to make a scarf for everyone's wish list.  Something warm for our cool weather.  Cost $15.00

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE! Cloverbuds (grades K-2):  Make a large spooky spider over 6 feet long, ghastly ghost prints, and a fall acorn.  Three projects in one class!  Cost $15.00 
 
DON'T FORGET - Fab Fridays are for youth grades 3-12.  The Cloverbud class is for youth grads K-2.  If you have any questions, please contact the 4-H Office at 435-893-0470.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sevier County Teen Council is where its AT!


What's going on in the 4-H Teen Council this year?

If you like to have fun, give service, be a leader, go on trips, meet new people, have fun (oh, did I say that already? WHOOPS!) then you definitely want to join the 4-H Teen or Jr. Teen Council!

Some of the fun things coming up this year:

  • A new punch card appreciation system - the more you are involved, the more punches you get on your card and the more you qualify for scholarships to trips and fun activities!
  • Junior Teen Adventure Camps - members of the Junior Teen Council have access to these exclusive FUN, leadership camps hosted by the Teen Council.  They will be November 12th, January 14th, and March 11th.  More info coming soon!
  • Service projects: the teen councils will be partnering with other community groups to do the Caroling for Canned Goods in December, a Kindness Campaign in February, and one more scheduled in April.
  • We'll also be doing county contests, portfolios and leadership training!
For more information about meeting dates and times, please email seviercounty4-H@usu.edu and we'll get you in touch with Nan Singleton, Sevier County 4-H Teen Council Adviser. 

Teen Leadership Training


There are still some spots for high school youth interested in going to Teen Leadership Training at USU on October 16-18th, 2014.  Registration is completed through ut.4honline.com and the deadline is September 30th - sign up today!

More information about this year's Teen Leadership Training can be found HERE.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Great things are coming!


It is time to celebrate!

Beginning in November 2014, Sevier County 4-H is going to GROW, big time!  We are excited to announce that we received funding to hire 6 additional staff who will recruit volunteers and members, and plan/deliver programs in literacy (K-2nd grade youth), science-technology-engineering-math (grades 3-8), and college readiness (grades 9-12).

Staff positions will be posted and advertised in October with hiring and training of new staff to begin in November.  This three year program will be a great boost to the 4-H program as we will be able to provide more for Sevier County youth and families.

Stay tune for more updates as we get the ball rolling!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How do I sign my exhibits up for the Fair?

Wanna blue ribbon?  Gotta get those exhibits entered!
Here's how...

All 4-H Exhibits must be entered online prior to Sunday, August 3rd at 11:55 p.m.

How do I register my exhibits online?
It is the responsibility of the adult who taught the class/club/activity to enter the exhibits into the online system for the youth who participated. It is the responsibility of the youth to decide what they want to enter and notify the leader so the club leader can enter it for them before the deadline.

*If your child participated in Fab Friday or Summer Clubs (taught by Barbie, Aris, or Rebecca): fill out THIS SURVEY.  

**For Rebecca's cooking club fill out THIS SURVEY

***For family clubs and other club leaders: 
1. To register exhibits click HERE and click on the "HELP! I need a new password" link. It may be helpful to have the fairbook codes/classes open - for the complete fairbook click HERE.
2. Add entries for each club member you are responsible for.  If for some reason you have trouble logging in or one of your club members is not on the list, please call the Extension office.

4-H Food & Events at the Fair

4-H is gonna have fun at the Fair!
Check us out!

Wednesday-Saturday

Teen Council Snack Shack

Support the 4-H Teen Scholarship Fund in the Coke wagon - cotton candy, snow cones, homemade corn dogs, and more!



NEW for 2014!!

Snow Cone flavors of a different savor

The Snow Cone Flavor Contest was a HUGE hit! The top flavors, as picked by a panel of expert judges, will be featured this year at the 4-H Snack Shack at the Fair.  Here is the list of the flavors - be sure to come down and try them all!



1.  Cococherry Gone Nuts

2.  Tropical Thunder

3.  Kryptonite

4.  Cherrific

5.  Hawsome

6.  Fantastic Fiesta

7.  the RIO

8.  LeMint

9.  Pineapple Paradise

10.  JusRite


Join the Sevier County 4-H Instagram Scavenger Hunt!

How it works: Each day of the Fair, we want YOU to take pictures around the Fair and post them to Instagram with the hashtag "#sevier4hutah".  Then search for the pictures of your fellow fair-goes, favorite their photo(s), and the pics with the most "favorites" each day will be posted on our Facebook page and in the exhibit hall at the fairgrounds.  GET CREATIVE - maybe you take a picture of you/your friends posing with an animal or you eating the messiest, yummiest, most colorful food, etc.  The theme will change each day so be sure to keep posting and follow along!



Daily Photo Themes:

Wednesday: EXHIBITS

Thursday: ANIMALS

Friday: FOOD

Saturday:  EVENTS/ACTIVITIES


Thursday
Maker Camp
Join us in the Exhibit Hall for some fun activities related to the Maker Camp Theme of the Week: DIY Music.  Activities will be available from 12-4 p.m.  Come check it out!


Friday

Awesome Omelets

Sevier County 4-H Teen Council will present the 6th Annual Awesome Omelet Bar on Friday, August 8th from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Located outside the Auction/Show Barn, this breakfast opportunity will feature omelets custom made-to-order.  Come hungry! Come early!  All proceeds benefit the Sevier County 4-H Teen Council Scholarship Fund.  This event is sponsored by the Sevier Country Music Players & Dancers.

Best of luck to our 4-H Livestock Exhibitors!

Let's have a Stock Show!

Well, all the lambs, pigs, and steers are getting trimmed and washed to head to town for the stock show!  The Sevier County 4-H Staff want to wish all our 4-H members best of luck at this year's Southern Utah Junior Livestock Show!

The time for preparation is almost over, and now its time to show off all your hard work.  Remember to be respectful of other exhibitors, parents, and families while you're at the show - you will be wearing that 4-H patch on your arm and, as such, have committed to behave in a certain way. 

Don't forget to tell everyone you know that you'll be selling your animal on Friday morning, too.  Generous donations can be made directly to YOUR animal, so be sure to tell you dad's boss, your grandma, and your neighbor to come down to the auction, have a 4-H Awesome Omelet for breakfast and boost your auction price by filling out one of the little colored post cards.

And, last but not least - take time to tell your parents, club leaders, and stock show volunteers THANK YOU for all the effort and work they are putting in FOR YOU.

Again - we wish you the best of luck and hope you have FUN!

4-H or open class?

If you made it in 4-H, we want to see it on "OUR" 
side of the building!


What qualifies as a 4-H exhibit?  How is it different than Open Class?
When youth are enrolled in the 4-H program they complete projects and learn important life skills like teamwork, leadership, and responsibility.  In Sevier County, 4-H members can participate with their families, in community groups (like Fab Friday and community clubs), and in summer clubs.

A 4-H exhibit is a project completed at one of the activities listed above by a youth who is enrolled in 4-H.  This is an elite group!  It is different than open class because the projects we do in 4-H are UNLIKE anything you've ever seen before!  

Sometimes the items are completed outside a club event/activity or you might learn a skill at the 4-H event and then make a project later. If you want to exhibit items that weren't completed AT a 4-H event or you re-made the item to perfect the skill (or you ate the item because it was yummy food), you can still exhibit in that category, you'll just need to tell the adult in charge of that activity so they can enter the item for you. 

In 4-H, it is so much more than just finishing a project (like you might do at school, scouts, church, etc.) - the life skills component is unique to 4-H! 

How do I choose what to bring?
Youth are allowed to enter 1 item per lot/category in 4-H. Sometimes, if your child participates in several different 4-H groups, they might make more than one thing that fits in the same category.  In 4-H we choose the best of our best to put in the fair - so, if you happen to make more than one of something in 4-H, it isn't appropriate for your "extra" item to be entered in Open Class. Pick your best to represent you and Sevier County 4-H.

It's COUNTY FAIR time!




The 107th Annual Sevier County Fair is right 
around the corner!
Here are some things you need to know...

4-H Exhibit specifics:
-All exhibits must be registered online PRIOR TO SUNDAY, AUGUST 3RD @ 11:55 p.m. 
-We will print exhibit tags for you
-Bring your items to the Exhibit Hall at the Fairgrounds between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, August 4th.; non-food items will NOT be accepted after 6 p.m. on Monday; NO EXCEPTIONS.  These deadlines allow us time to prepare for judging Tuesday morning.
-Food items will be accepted on Monday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Tuesday morning between 8 and 9:30 a.m.  ONLY FOOD items are accepted Tuesday morning - no other items will be accepted after 6 p.m. Monday evening.
-Exhibits will be on display starting at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6th.
-Premiums will be available between 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 9th.  
-Exhibits can be picked up from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, August 9th and 10 a.m. -2 p.m. on Monday, August 11th.  After that time all remaining premiums and exhibits will be available for pick-up at the Extension office.

If you need help with the online registration process or with getting your child's exhibits to the fair, please don't hesitate to call the office BEFORE Friday, August 1st at 5 p.m.  We can't help you if we don't know you need help but we're happy to help if we can.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Get Involved with 4-H Maker Camp this Summer

NEW 4-H Maker Camp!

Get involved with a new, hands-on program this summer for FREE.

Who

What
4-H members, ages 9 and up

4-H Maker Camp
When
July 7th - August 15th : Tuesday's from 10am to 3pm
How
At the 4-H Extension office OR online through Google+.

Fill out this form to let us know if you will be joining the fun.



What is Maker Camp?

It is a FREE summer camp for building, tinkering, and exploring where you can participate in-person (at the Sevier County 4-H office in Richfield) or online through Google+. To learn more about what we will be doing this summer, check out this list of Maker projects.
 

How do I participate?

In-person:
If you choose to participate in person, you can join us each week at the 4-H Extension site (
250 N. Main, Richfield, UT 84701). From the week of July 7th to the week of August 15th, we will be working on projects every Tuesday from 10am to 3pm. If you can attend the whole day from 10am to 3pm, great; please bring your own lunch. If you cannot attend for the whole time, come and leave as you are available. We will be there on Tuesday's from 10am to 3pm (EXCEPT for the week of the fair).

If you choose to come to the Extension office to participate, we will have materials waiting for you to create your Maker projects. If you cannot attend every single week, no worries. We welcome you to participate for one day or for as many meetings as you can attend.

Online:
If you choose to participate at home, you will need to create a Google+ profile and follow MAKE to attend Maker Camp. If you’re under 13, you can attend Maker Camp on Google+ with your parent, using his or her Google+ profile. Maker Camp will be available every day from July 7th to August 15th.

As for materials, many of the materials you need for the projects are likely already available in your home. However, any materials you need to buy ahead of time are inexpensive and easily attainable at grocery, hardware, or electronics stores. If you choose this option, please upload pictures to the MAKE page, Maker Camp community page, and/or upload to instagram #sevier4hutah.

What about Fair week?
During fair week, we will be hosting maker camp at the county fair, so if you would like to participate that week, please join us at our 4-H booth on Thursday, August 7th from 12pm to 4pm to continue Maker Camp. After that week, we will continue to meet at the 4-H Extension office location Tuesday's from 10am to 3pm.

How do I sign up for Google+?
If you choose to participate in Maker Camp in-person, you do not have to join Google+. We have a Google+ account under the name SevierUT FourH. Feel free to add us to your circles and follow us. Since we already have a Google+ account, if you show up in person, we can participate together using our Google+ account.

If you choose to participate online, you can create a Google+ account by following these directions. After you've created one, simply add MAKE to your circles and join the Maker Camp community to get started. During the weeks of Maker Camp, they will post everything you need to know to participate.

Do I need to be enrolled in 4-H to participate?
Yes. If you are not yet enrolled, please go to seviercounty4-h.org to enroll. If you are already enrolled, you are ready to start creating at Maker Camp.

Remember, please fill out this form to let us know if you will be participating.
 

See you at Maker Camp!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Good Luck Horse 4-Hers!


Horse show season has arrived!

The Sevier County 4-H Staff want to wish all the 4-Hers in the Horse Project best of luck in this upcoming summer show season!  Our horse program has grown by leaps and bounds this year and we are excited to see each of our new and returning members succeed and improve in the show pen.

Here are the horse show dates for this year:
Friday, June 13th
Thursday, June 26th
Saturday, July 12th
Thursday, July 31st
Monday, August 4th

Youth will earn points at each show and those with the highest points will earn a spot on our State Horse Show delegation.  The Utah State 4-H Horse Show will be held at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden, Utah September 25-27, 2014. Youth will also be working toward year end awards here at home.

All youth must be enrolled in 4-H prior to June 13th to participate.  Be safe, best of luck, and have fun!


County Contests this week!


It's contest time!  Thursday, June 12th, 
Youth Center, Richfield - come one, come all!

There are still a few spots left in the morning for youth who would like to participate in the following contests: Favorite Foods, Demonstrations, Talent, and Impromptu Speech. The time slots for the Snow Cone Contest are all full at this point.

By participating in County Contests, 4-H youth have an opportunity to showcase the skills they have learned in their 4-H club work.  Skills like public speaking and self confidence are just a tiny bit of what the youth of all ages gain by participating. 

The contests are open to youth grades 3-12 and this year our teen council have volunteered to be the judges.  Participants will receive a ribbon and a score sheet/feedback for each contest they participate in. County Contests also qualify high school youth for State Contests that will be held at USU in Logan July 14-16.  


Friday, June 6, 2014

Interested in Robotics?


We dusted off the robotics kits that have been tucked away in our closet and planned a couple days to play with them and guess what?!  The spots filled up super fast!  So, we're thinking maybe there are a few more people out there that would be interested and we want your input on where to go from here.

We are exploring the ideas of opening up this offering year round so we're trying to see who and how many youth/adults would be interested in participating.  If you're interested, please click HERE to fill out a short survey and get on the list.  Thanks!

Still room in 4-H clubs this summer!


We had a great turnout for our Summer 4-H Sign-ups the other day.  If you missed it, that's okay!  There's still room in several groups.  Here's the details:

4-H Rockets: $25 This camp will be Wednesday, July 16th from 10-7 at the Fairgrounds.  Youth will learn how to make the rockets and parents/families will be invited back in the evening to share a meal and have fun launching the rockets.  To register click HERE.

4-H The Art of Math: FREE This class will be help on Monday's and Wednesdays for three consecutive weeks with an option Friday time in the last week that youth can attend if they choose to complete a more advanced final project.  The dates are: June 23, 25, 30 and July 2, 7, 9, 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the 4-H conference room.  If you're interested in registering for this club click HERE.

4-H Super Summer 4-H Day Camp:  $45 This will be Barbie's crafting boot camp of the summer - there will be some Dumpster Diva mixed in, the ladies from Knit N Craft are coming, and it will no doubt be a fun party you won't want to miss!  Click HERE to sign up.

4-H Junior Teen Retreat:  FREE  This will be an intro to the Junior Teen Council program.  Teens will be doing some basic training, fun games like human foosball and then build and grill your own burgers.  We need a headcount on how many to plan for for lunch so click HERE to sign up.

4-H Beginning Tennis: $4 This class will be taught by some of our 4-H Teens on July 21-23 and July 28-30; you'll need to bring your own tennis racket and 3-4 tennis balls.  Call Nan at 435-201-7803 to sign up.

4-H Patriotic Party: $20 This will be June 25, 26, 30 in Monroe at the community building.  This will be an introduction to a new community club that is starting in the South Sevier are but youth from all of Sevier County are welcome.  Click HERE to register.

411 Crafters:  COST VARIES BY PROJECT This will be a crafting club that will meet Thursdays or Fridays in June and July in the South Sevier area.  They will be doing some crafting, cooking, and beginning sewing.  Contact Matea to see if there is still room available.  435-527-4188

Shooting Sports:  Youth must be enrolled in 4-H and have their hunters safety certification.  This club will be meeting on Mondays at 6 p.m. in Aurora.  Contact Jordan Bosh for more details: 435-201-3361.

Beginning Knitting, Loom Knitting, and Cross Stitch:  Contact Julia Parslow at Julia's Shoppe (330 S 100 E, Richfield; 435-896-1821) for more details - classes running through June; cost varies by project.