4-H Alerts

4h.unl.edu Content Updates
Fri, 04/28/2017

Below is a list of Nebraska 4-H webpages with recent content updates. Please contact the specific program coordinator for more information. The program coordinator’s information can be found at the bottom of the program webpage.  

    - Employee Horse Program (4/27) http://4h.unl.edu/employee/horse

    - Diamond Clover Honorees (4/26) http://4h.unl.edu/diamond-clover/honorees

    - Employee Quality Assurance (4/26)   http://4h.unl.edu/employee/quality-assurance

    - County Fair Animal Ownership Affidavits (4/26 http://4h.unl.edu/county-fair/affidavits - NEW!

    - Shooting Sports Calendar (4/26) http://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/calendar

    - Feature Programs (4/24) http://4h.unl.edu/featureprograms

    - Employee Youth Protection (4/24) http://4h.unl.edu/employee/youth-protection

    - Employee Webinar Recordings (4/21) http://4h.unl.edu/employee/webinar-recordings

Author: Danielle Dewees

Judges Information
Fri, 04/28/2017

4-H Staff are encouraged to share the newly updated information found at http://4h.unl.edu/resources/judges with any adults interested in judging county and state 4-H projects. A new judges registration process has been implemented as a way to encourage anyone interested in judging to share their contact information, which areas they are interested in judging, how far they are willing to travel, etc. This will provide staff across the state with a more comprehensive list of options when hiring.

Also found at http://4h.unl.edu/resources/judges are updated videos and resources for judges. Please direct judges for the 2017 fair season to that page so they can learn more about their important role!

For staff only information regarding the judges data base, letters and postcards with this information, please visit the http://4h.unl.edu/employee/county-fair page.

Contact Jill Goedeken or Sue Pearman with any questions.

Author: Jill Goedeken, Sue Pearman

2017 County Life Challenge Packet
Fri, 04/28/2017

The following contains information about the county and state Life Challenge events, and FCS Quiz.

County Life Challenge

The 2017 County Life Challenge Packet (including County Life Challenge Questions and Placing Questions for beginning and advanced levels) can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/employee/pase-life-challenge. To meet local needs, please make necessary changes to the county contest to fit your situation. If you have questions about ways to implement your county contest, please contact Michelle Krehbiel (mkrehbiel2@unl.edu).

State Life Challenge

Plans are underway for the 2017 4-H FCS Life Challenge Event.  We anticipate a great event and are looking forward to having youth come to campus to compete.  A state Life Challenge packet will be sent out in May with additional information for the state contest.

We are also currently looking for volunteers and judges for the 2017 state event. Please contact Michelle Krehbiel (mkrehbiel2@unl.edu) to volunteer.

FCS Quiz

Once again we will be offering the FCS Quiz for 8-10 year olds. This year the quiz will be available as a document download that will be sent to you in an email in May.  You will be able to print off the quiz and give it to the youth.  The person administering the quiz will be responsible for grading the quiz. 

Thank you for your continued support of the county and state Life Challenge!  I appreciate all the work  you do to support FCS event! 

If you have any questions about the FCS contests feel free to contact Michelle Krehbiel.


Author: Michelle Krehbiel

2017 National Youth Science Day Challenge: Incredible Wearables
Fri, 04/28/2017

Have you ever wondered how wearable technology like the FitBit or the Apple Watch work? Even more, do you perhaps want to know how to build your own health monitor using a small computer and low cost sensors? In the 2017 National Youth Science Day (NYSD)  challenge called Incredible Wearables, your engineering team will build a functioning health monitor. Not only will you build the monitor, but you will also be able to analyze the information from your health monitor on a computer or mobile device. 

Developed by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, the Incredible Wearables kit is a fun way for kids to build wearable fitness trackers. The National Youth Science Day is scheduled for October 4, 2017.

NYSD link: http://4-h.org/parents/national-youth-science-day/  

Check out this video to get an overview of what the youth will be doing during the challenge: https://youtu.be/sOaQmmms1Lo.

Question from Koffee with Kathleen: "As we try to figure out how many kits we need to order, are the materials able to be re-used on short notice...like can we go from class to class with it - and how many student per kit?”
Answer:  The kit is designed to be used with up-to 10 students and is completely reusable.  As you move from group to group provide yourself with a little time to disassemble the fitness tracker.  (or have the youth do it at the end of activity).  Electronic components, batteries, felt, and velcro are included in the kit.  However, as you do this challenge with multiple groups, it may be beneficial to have some extra felt, velcro and a few extra AA batteries.  

We will share these resources as they are released:
• National 4-H Council’s NYSD Excite Video
• Click-to-Science Professional Development Webinar
• Other outreach and engagement opportunities 

Author: Dagen Valentine

Solar Eclipse Training Dates & Materials
Fri, 04/28/2017

Exciting Solar Eclipse News!

Interested in being trained on the Solar Eclipse? Then continue to read!  There are three trainings available focused for the Extension Professional that would like to provide programming for their area schools.  You MUST attend a training in order to receive a full packet of resource materials and lesson plans.  Some lessons are written that you could use for several years past the eclipse as well.

Blurb about the training: A one-stop shop to make it easy for teachers to incorporate the eclipse into their classrooms. We’ll provide history on solar and lunar eclipses, then bring you up to speed on the great solar eclipse of Aug. 21. We’ll include fun trivia and activities that can be adjusted based on grade level. We’ll touch on how to host a school watch party, and each participant will receive a notebook of resources and information. Each proposed activity will align with state standards. Workshop delivered by staff from Hastings Museum and UNL Extension.

Training Dates:

June 1st – Raising Nebraska: 2:00 – 4:00

July 18th – Raising Nebraska: 2:00 – 4:00

July 27th – Via Zoom: 2:00 – 4:00

To register, please complete it at http://go.unl.edu/solareclipse

BLURB for Youth Focused Program (could be during summer or month of August)

Did you know?  Nebraska’s wide open spaces will be one of the best places to view this year’s total solar eclipse on August 21st. It has even caught the attention of scientists working with NASA! In fact, more than 200 Nebraska communities and nearly 40% of the state lie within the path of the total solar eclipse event. Learn what exactly an eclipse is & how this will impact animals & plants through hands-on activities.

Some fun facts as you plan your day:

  • You may want to charge a minimum of $5.00 for your youth program to cover the cost of materials
  • Must need Solar Glasses to look at the sun.  Check with your local area to see if your community is doing a special deal with glasses.  Some are – so check first before buying.  If buying, here is one option - https://www.teachersource.com/product/eclipse-glasses/astronomy-space   (25 glasses for about $20; Found by Brandy V.)
  • Astronaut Ice cream… https://www.teachersource.com/product/astronaut-ice-cream/astronomy-space  (Just for a cool factor)  ;-)   Three flavors in each package. Long shelf life (2 years!). Fracturing into pieces is normal and makes it easier to share. Give small samples, and five packages are enough for an entire class to try! (Found by Brandy V.)

Any questions, please ask our team members!

Author: Brandy VanDeWalle, Amy Timmerman, Jackie Steffen, Beth Janning

District and State Horse Show Entry Procedures Webinar - Recording
Fri, 04/28/2017

The recording of the District and State entry procedure webinar can be found on the  http://4h.unl.edu/employee/horse under District Show Resources:

Processing District & State Horse Show Entries .


You can find information about the District and State horse shows at: http://4h.unl.edu/horse and http://4h.unl.edu/employee/horse


Also, to enter your entries from your county into showorks please go to: http://nhorse.fairmanager.com/

Author: Lena Luck

Today is The Last Day to Order Entry Tag Paper and State Fair Pins
Fri, 04/21/2017

Reminder – Today is the last day to order Entry Tag Paper and State Fair Pins!

Entry Tag Sheets are $.08/sheet and come 250 sheets/bundle and for those who are new, these are white perforated sheets on heavier 100# paper and have 4 entry tags per sheet. If you need loose sheets you can order those as well.

State Fair Pins are $.72/pin and I have included a photo on the order form.  

Please place your order at http://go.unl.edu/va0i by April 21, 2017

I will email those that ordered when they come in, but they should be here before PASE/Life Challenge in June and you can pick them up before or during that event. Please let me know if you have any questions, Thanks!

Author: Kim Novotny

Volunteer Screening Form - Updated
Fri, 04/21/2017

DHHS has updated their Volunteer Screening Form. I have uploaded it to the Youth Protection Page in the Employee Resources. Disgard old forms and start using this new one as soon as possible. Please note that the first page now requires Volunteers to list all names and addresses - there is no 20-year limit. The logo at the top has also changed as well as the paragraph at the beginning.  

Everyone is doing a great job! I am sending back less forms so great job on sending in the right forms and being completed! Here are a few common things that still show up:

  • All areas must be completed before mailing them to me.
  • N/A or None should be listed if it doesn't apply.
  • No blank areas should be left on the first page - except email.
  • Counties please make sure if you are sending multiple screenings that you check the forms before you send them for any areas that are not complete. It saves me a lot of time if I don't have to send bunches of papers back.

Also, please make sure to explain the second page to Volunteers so they know they have to complete sections A OR B and also sign that top box. Forms completed on the computer are great, but they still need to have their original written signatures & dates.

Volunteers who have submitted the form with 2 barcodes will still be accepted.  Just please change to the new form from this point forward.

If you have any questions please contact Kim Novotny at knovotny5@unl.edu.

Author: Kim Novotny

Special STEM Career Fair from 4-H Partner, Education Week
Fri, 04/21/2017

Below you will find late-breaking information on a special STEM Career Fair hosted by a partner of National 4-H, Education Week. We'd appreciate your help in sharing the information below with your collegiate 4-H programs, friends and alumni groups or others as you feel appropriate.

Are you looking for a STEM teaching job for this fall? If so, consider joining Education Week for their exclusive online job fair on Thursday, April 27. This free event takes place from 11 AM to 2 PM ET, so you can join anytime, from anywhere.

Date: Thursday, April 27

Time: 11 AM – 2 PM ET; join anytime your schedule allows!


What Should You Expect?

  • To speak 1:1 with recruiters from top school districts around the country. 
  • To network in a low stress environment from your home or school.
  • Free professional development resources from Education Week, the K-12 American educator’s newspaper of record.

What Teaching Jobs Will Be Available?

  • Algebra (Pre, I, II), Pre/Calculus, Geometry, Probability & Statistics, Trigonometry
  • Technology/Engineering/Computer Science
  • Biology/Life Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics, Space Science

Which Schools Are Attending?  

  • NYC Dept. of Education
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Oakland Unified School District (outside of San Francisco, CA)
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Tacoma Public Schools (outside of Seattle, WA)
  • …And many more!


Education Week TopSchoolJobs

Author: National 4-H Council

4h.unl.edu Content Updates
Fri, 04/21/2017

Below is a list of Nebraska 4-H webpages with recent content updates. Please contact the specific program coordinator for more information. The program coordinator’s information can be found at the bottom of the program webpage.  

Author: Danielle Dewees