Contests

Family and Consumer Sciences subject matter-based challenges are a way for you to apply what you’ve learned in your 4-H projects to real-life situations. The challenges involve 4-H'ers working in teams, solving problems, and applying subject matter knowledge to a specific situation. For example, in the food and nutrition challenge you might use your creativity to create multiple menu options based on the needs of the situation and your budget.

Your challenge team can have two, three or four members. If you can’t find someone in your county who is interested in being on your team, your county extension office will help you find someone from a surrounding county. A county Life Challenge packet was emailed to your county office. This packet can help you practice before you get to the state event. The top teams in each challenge area will be recognized during the award ceremonies on Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon. The challenges in each area will involve information from 4-H project manuals and educational websites. These are listed as Resources under their respective contest tab.

Foods and Nutrition Challenge

The 2016 foods and nutrition challenge will be rooted in a tour of the Food and Processing Center on Innovation Campus. The information learned will then be applied to a challenge question. A team of 2-4 will have 45 minutes to respond with a solution. The presentation will be open to any youth or others who are interested. Cost to participate is $8.00 per individual.


Awards

Results for the Foods and Nutrition Challenge will be announced Monday evening during the PASE/Life Challenge Picnic and Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards Presentation. Ribbons must be picked up by county staff or their representatives following the announcement of winners.

The top five teams in the Foods and Nutrition Challenge will be recognized with ribbons and the winning team will receive $25.00 per team member. Members of the top team in Foods and Nutrition Challenge will receive a scholarship from the College of Education and Human Sciences.


Resources

Child/Human Development Challenge

This challenge will require youth to create an educational game for a child. Cost to participate is $8.00 per individual, and youth my work on their game from after the Monday welcome to Tuesday at noon. All supplies will be provided to the youth.


Awards

Results for the Child/Human Development Challenge will be announced Monday evening during the PASE/Life Challenge Picnic and Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards Presentation. Ribbons must be picked up by county staff or their representatives following the announcement of winners.

The top five teams in the Child/Human Development Challenge will be recognized with ribbons and the winning team will receive $25.00 per team member. The top three individuals or teams will be recognized with certificates. Members of the top team in the Child/Human Development Challenge will receive a scholarship from the College of Education and Human Science.


Resources

Design Challenge

In the design challenge, individuals or teams will create a food packaging for a new food item. Specific challenge instructions will be presented at the welcome on Monday, June 29th. Cost to participate is $8.00 per individual Teams will have two and a half hours to create a food package. This Challenge will be incorporating design elements from Home Environment and Clothing & Textile areas. 


Awards

Results for the Design Challenge will be announced Tuesday afternoon during the awards ceremony. Ribbons must be picked up by county staff or their representatives following the announcement of winners.


Resources

Entrepreneurship Investigation Challenge

The ESI Challenge involves 4-H'ers working in teams, getting creative and applying subject matter knowledge to build a business solution to a problem facing society today. No previous experience with ESI or business development is necessary to enter this competition. It is recommended that teams have 4-H’ers who have skills or interests in team roles such as a
creative artist; a financial wizard and/or the marketing genius. The top teams will be recognized during the award ceremonies on Tuesday afternoon. There will be 5 small award categories – Best Product, Best Pitch, Best Teamwork, Most Creative, and Best Marketing Plan. There will be one award for Best Overall Business Concept.


Challenge Goal

  • To develop a business concept that provides a business solution to a societal problem. 


Challenge Criteria

  • Your Challenge Team can have two, three or four members. If you can’t find someone in your county who is interested in being on your team, your county extension office will help you find someone from a surrounding county.
  • Your team will develop a concept plan for your solution to the problem.
  • You team will test your ideas for viability by interviewing members of other teams, recording your findings and fine-tuning your business solution.
  • You team will then create and deliver a presentation about your concept and marketing plan for your business solution. You can use Power Point, poster boards (provided) and other materials to prepare the presentation. 
  • Presentations will be given in front of an audience consisting of other contestants, parents, guests and a panel of judges. 


Preparation Activity (optional)

Think of a problem that is bothersome to people within your community. As a team, brainstorm possible ways that the problem could be solved through a business. 


Questions to think about

  • What product/services would your business offer and why? 
  • Who are your customers and why would they buy your product/service? 
  • How would your customers get your product/service? 
  • How would your business make money? 
  • What is the best way to let your customers know about your product/service? 
  • What do you need to start your business? Facilities, cash, knowledge? 
  • What other decisions do you need to make about your business? 

Awards

Results for the ESI Challenge will be announced Tuesday afternoon during the awards ceremony. Ribbons must be picked up by county staff or their representatives following the announcement of winners.