Communications

Co-Superintendent - Tracy Pracheil
Co-Superintendent - Cathy Johnston
Co-Superintendent - Julie Kreikemeier

Primary Communications Changes for 2017:

  • Division 151: 4-H Illustrated Presentations Contest has added several Special Topic classes, and Wi-Fi internet connectivity will be made available. 
  • Division 152: Teaching Presentations has added team presentations and several Special Topic classes, and Wi-Fi internet connectivity will be made available
  • Division 153: 4-H FilmFest has added team presentations.
  • Division 154: All Communications static exhibits were revised due to the availability of a new communications curriculum.
  • Awards in all classes were updated. 
  • Information was reorganized for all classes to provide additional clarity.

Division 151: 4-H Illustrated Presentations Contest

A 4-H Presentation, given by one (1) individual or a team of two (2) individuals, is a live presentation with a formal talk where youth will use visual aids (such as props, posters, computer-based visuals, handouts, video, etc.) to show and tell others how to do something. Presentations are given on a stage. Judge views the entire presentation and engages in a question and answer session following presentation. Educational resources for youth participating in the 4-H Presentations Contest can be found in the 2017 4-H Project Resource Central found at http://4h.unl.edu/4hcurriculum/communication.

Rules

  1. Participant Requirements:
    • All participants must be 10 years old before January 1 of the current year.
    • All participants must have received a purple rating at a County 4-H Presentations contest.
    • Youth may only participate in one class within Division 151.
    • All classes require the presence of the contestant(s).
    • Participants are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $5 for each participant or $10 for a team of two participants.
    • A team presentation, consisting of two (2) individuals, may be given for any class; there is no separate class for team presentations.
    • Time limit is 6-8 minutes for a presentation given by an individual, and 8-10 minutes for a presentation given by a team. Participants may be penalized if their presentation exceeds the time limits.
    • Each participant is required to wear one of following: The State Fair 4-H t-shirt provided to them the 4-H chevron, or the 4-H emblem during their presentation. 
  2. Presentation Topic:
    • All 4-H Presentations topics should be related to how the 4-H youth is learning about science, healthy living, citizenship, and agricultural literacy.
    • Enrollment in the project area in which the participant is making a presentation is not required.
    • 4-H Presentations should include an introduction (the “why” portion of the topic), a body (the “show and tell” portion of the topic), and a conclusion/summary (the “what” portion of the topic).
  3. Contest Information:
    • The contest dates and locations are shown below. The contest times will be made available online at http://4h.unl.edu/presentation-contest as soon as possible after Nebraska State Fair entries are due.
    • The check-in area will contain a refrigerator and a temporary storage space for presentation supplies. Only presenters and contest officials will be permitted in the designated preparation areas; no relatives or friends, please. Presenters are expected to clean up the areas in which they work.
    • Equipment provided includes two (2) tables, one (1) easel, PC Compatible Computer (including the following software: Apple QuickTime Player, Microsoft Windows Media Player, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2013) with Wi-Fi internet connectivity, large television screen, and hands-free microphone.
    • Presenters using computer-based visuals may bring files on a CD-ROM or a USB drive that is PC formatted. Participants may also provide their own computer or other equipment as needed; however, participants must be able to connect their computer to a HDMI plug on the television.
    • Live animals may be used in the presentation. All State Fair Livestock Health Requirements must be followed. Presenters are responsible for all stalling arrangements, care and handling of animals. Animals can only remain in the presentation area while the owner is present.

Classes

  • Class B151112 - Premier Presenter Contest - SF65.
    • Participant Qualification: Each Nebraska County may advance one individual or one two-person team (top purple or Grand Champion Presentation) from the Illustrated Presentation Class in the County 4-H Presentations Contest to the Premier Presenter Contest.
    • Contest Date/Location: Sunday, September 3, 2017; 4-H/FFA Building in 4-H Showcase Area.
    • Awards: Top four (4) outstanding presentations will be given a $100 cash award; if awarded to a team, the cash award will be divided among the team members.
  • Class B151113 - Illustrated Presentation - SF65.
    • Contest Date/Location: Sunday, August 27, and Saturday, September 2, 2017; 4-H/FFA Building in 4-H Showcase Area.
    • Awards: Top six (6) outstanding presentations will be given a $50 cash award; if awarded to a team, the cash award will be divided among the team members.
  • Class B151114 - Illustrated Presentation, Special Topic: Nebraska Agriculture - SF65.
    • Contest Date/Location: Saturday, August 26, 2017; Raising Nebraska Building on Presentation Stage.
    • Class Capacity: Registration in this class is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; once class is filled, youth may register for Class 113.
    • Awards: Top two (2) outstanding presentations will be given a $50 cash award; if awarded to a team, the cash award will be divided among the team members.
  • Class B151115 - Illustrated Presentation, Special Topic: Nebraska Agriculture, Food Preparation - SF65.
    • Contest Date/Location: Saturday, August 26, 2017; Raising Nebraska Building in Presentation Kitchen.
    • Class Capacity: Registration in this class is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; once class is filled, youth may register for Class 113.
    • Awards: Top two (2) outstanding presentations will be given a $50 cash award; if awarded to a team, the cash award will be divided among the team members.

Division 152: Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Presentations Contest

A Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Presentation, given by one (1) individual or a team of two (2) individuals, is a live, interactive, trade show style presentation where youth will continuously engage a constantly-changing/moving audience for 30 minutes by showing and telling them how to do something while answering questions. Multiple (up to 6) Teaching Presentations will be scheduled simultaneously, allowing fairgoers/contest attendees to learn from many 4-H youth at one time. Teaching Presentations are given behind a table amongst 4-H exhibits. Judge occasionally stops to view presentation, ask questions, and observe audience engagement. Educational resources for youth participating in the Teaching Presentations Contest can be found in the 2017 4-H Project Resource Central found at https://unl.app.box.com/s/44t8dfbhte277k6603r5004vfo0ql0yf.

Rules

  1. Participant Requirements:
    • All participants must be 10 years old before January 1 of the current year
    • Any Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Presentation that has been previously shared at the County 4-H Presentation Contest or other event that has a live audience (4-H Club Meeting, Community Event, etc.) is eligible for this division.
    • The class requires the presence of the contestant(s).
    • Participants are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $5 for each participant or $10 for a team of two participants.
    • Participants will present for 30 minutes.
    • Each participant is required to wear the 4-H chevron, 4-H emblem, or 4-H shirt during their presentation. 
  2. Presentation Topic:
    • Teaching (Trade Show Exhibit) Presentations should engage the audience and teach them about something the 4-H youth is learning about science, healthy living, citizenship, and agricultural literacy.
    • Enrollment in the project area in which the participant is making a presentation is not required. 
  3. Contest Information:
    • The contest dates and locations are shown below. The contest times will be available online at http://4h.unl.edu/presentation-contest as soon as possible after Nebraska State Fair entries are due.
    • The check-in area will contain a refrigerator and a temporary storage space for presentation supplies. Only presenters and contest officials will be permitted in the designated preparation areas; no relatives or friends, please.
    • Presenters are expected to clean up the areas in which they work.
    • Equipment provided includes one (1) table, one (1) easel, electricity, and Wi-Fi internet connectivity.
    • Live animals may be used in the presentation. All State Fair Livestock Health Requirements must be followed. Presenters are responsible for all stalling arrangements, care and handling of animals. Animals can only remain in the presentation area while the owner is present. 
  4. Awards: Top two (2) outstanding presentations in each class will be given a $50 cash award; if awarded to a team, the cash award will be divided among the team members.

Classes

  • Class B152001 - Teaching Presentation Contest. SF66.
    • Contest Date/Location: Sunday, August 27, 2017; 4-H/FFA Building in 4-H Interactive Activity Space.
  • Class B152002 - Teaching Presentation Contest, Special Topic: Science. SF66.
    • Contest Date/Location: Sunday, August 27, 2017; 4-H/FFA Building in 4-H Interactive Activity Space.
  • Class B152003 - Teaching Presentation Contest, Special Topic: Nebraska Agriculture. SF66.
    • Contest Date/Location: Saturday, August 26, 2017; Raising Nebraska Building in Interactive Activity Space.

Division 153: Digital Video - 4-H FilmFest

The 4-H FilmFest is the display of digital videos that show the recording, reproducing, and broadcasting of moving visual images; digital videos may be created by one (1) individual or a team of two (2) individuals. During the Nebraska State Fair 4-H FilmFest, youth will provide a 1-minute oral introduction (name, background/goal of presentation, intended audience, where presentation could be shared, etc.) followed by the showing of their digital video. The following digital videos may be entered in the Nebraska State Fair 4-H FilmFest:

  • Video Public Service Announcement: A short video that communicates an educational message focused on a cause, activity, or event (Length: 60 seconds).
  • Narrative: A video that tells a fact or fiction story (Length: 3-5 minutes). 
  • Documentary: A video that presents factual information about a person, event, or process (Length: 3-5 minutes). 
  • Animation: A video created by techniques that simulate movement from individual images (Length: 3-5 minutes).

Digital videos submitted will be judged live at the 4-H FilmFest event during the Nebraska State Fair. The judge will view the videos live and engage in a question and answer session with the video producer(s). The 4-H participant will be on the stage for a formal introduction and then seated in the audience for viewing of video. Educational resources for youth participating in the 4-H FilmFest (Digital Video) Contest can be found in the 2017 4-H Project Resource Central found at http://4h.unl.edu/4hcurriculum/communication.

Rules

  1. Participant Requirements:
    • All participants must be 10 years old before January 1 of the current year.
    • Any 4-H FilmFest digital video that has been previously shared at the County 4-H Presentation Contest or other event that has a live audience (4-H Club Meeting, Community Event, etc.) is eligible for this division.
    • The class requires the presence of the contestant(s).
    • Participants are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $5 for each participant or $10 for a team of two participants.
    • Each participant is required to wear the 4-H chevron, 4-H emblem, or 4-H shirt during their presentation. 
  2. Film Topic:
    • 4-H FilmFest digital videos should engage the audience and teach them about something the 4-H youth is learning about science, healthy living, citizenship, and agricultural literacy.
    • Enrollment in the project area in which the participant is making a presentation is not required. 
  3. Contest Information:
    • The contest date and location is shown below. The contest times will be available online at http://4h.unl.edu/presentation-contest as soon as possible after Nebraska State Fair entries are due.
    • All digital videos entered in this class must be submitted to the Nebraska State 4-H Office before the Nebraska State Fair; video submission information will be sent to participants in the email from 4HOnline that will be sent after August 10, 2017. The video may include photos, clip art, animation, text, and/or audio/sound. Any freeware/software program may be used to create the presentation. However, the only file formats that will be accepted include: .mpeg, .wmv, .mp4, .mov, .ppt, .pptx, or .avi. 
  4. Awards - Top two (2) outstanding films will be given a $50 cash award; if awarded to a team, the cash award will be divided among the team members.

Class

  • ClassB153001 - 4-H FilmFest (Digital Video) Contest. SF67.
    • Contest Date/Location: Monday, September 4, 2017; 4-H/FFA Building in 4-H Showcase Area.

Division 154: Communications

Rules

  1. Educational resources for youth taking the Communications project can be found at https://unl.app.box.com/s/44t8dfbhte277k6603r5004vfo0ql0yf.
  2. All static exhibits must have received a purple ribbon at the county fair to advance to the State Fair.
  3. Static exhibits in this division will be evaluated on clarity of purpose/message in relation to communication, accuracy of information, originality, creativity, evidence of exhibitor’s learning in this area, and educational value of exhibit to viewers.

Classes

COMMUNICATIONS, MODULE 2

Use one or a combination of the experiential activities in the Communications, Module 2 curriculum to create an educational poster or essay sharing with others what you have learned. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying cultural differences in communication
  • Developing guidelines for internet etiquette
  • Evaluating another person’s presentation
  • Identifying communication careers
  • Preparing a presentation using a form of technology 
  • Class B154001. Poster. SF94. Create a poster, measuring either 22”x28” or 24”x36”, that showcases what was learned in this project area.
  • Class B154002. Essay. SF94. Write an essay (3-5 pages) that showcases what was learned in this project area.

COMMUNICATIONS, MODULE 3

Use one or a combination of the experiential activities in the Communications, Module 3 curriculum to create an educational poster, essay, or digital media sharing with others what you have learned. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Composing a personal resume
  • Completing research on a speech or presentation topic
  • Identifying ways to reduce risks online
  • Evaluating own cell phone usage and etiquette
  • Critiquing advertisements
  • Job shadowing a communication professional   
  • Class B154003. Poster. SF94. Create a poster, measuring either 22”x28” or 24”x36”, that showcases what was learned in this project area.
  • Class B154004. Essay. SF94. Write an essay (3-5 pages) that showcases what was learned in this project area.
  • Class B154005. Digital Media. SF94. Design a form of digital media (advertisement, flyer, short video or presentation, social media or web page, etc.) that showcases what was learned in this project area. Upload the digital media file to an online location (web site, Dropbox, Google Drive, YouTube, Flickr, etc.) and using the web address of the digital media file, create a QR code (using any free QR code creator, ex. qr-code-generator.com). Print the following on an 8.5”x11” sheet of cardstock: 1) the QR code, 2) 1-3 sentences about what viewers will see when they access the QR code on their mobile device.  

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