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 & Nutrition
- Clothing & Textiles
- Entrepreneurship Investigation
Foods and Nutrition Challenge
The 2017 foods and nutrition challenge will be rooted in a tour of the Backyard Farmer Gardens on East 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.
- Making Food for Me
- Fast Foods
- Tasty Tidbits
- You're the Chef
- Food Preservation Series
- Steps to a Healthy Teen
- The top five teams will be recognized with ribbons.
- Each member of the top placing team will receive $25 and a scholarship from the College of Education and Human Sciences.
Child/Human Development Challenge
This challenge will be focused on promoting yourself as a childcare worker. It will be focused on todays technology and how to use this technology and promote your skills effectively. Cost to participate is $8.00 per individual. All supplies will be provided to the youth.
- Kids On the Grows 1, 2, and 3
- I Have What It Takes To Be a Teen Babysitter
- Communication Curriuclum (written by UC Davis and Iowa State University)
- The top three individuals or team will be recognized with certificates.
- Members of the top placing team will receive a scholarship from the College of Education and Human Sciences.
Clothing & Textiles Challenge
In the design challenge, individuals or teams will create a quilt block. Specific challenge instructions will be presented at the International Quilt Studies Museum. Cost to participate is $8.00 per individual.
- Shopping in Style
- STEAM Clothing 2 and 3
- STEAM Clothing Beyond the Needle
- Quilt Quest
- The top five teams will be recognized with ribbons.
- Members of the top placing team will receive $25 and a scholarship from the College of Education and Earth Sciences.
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.
To develop a business concept that provides a business solution using the unique widget provided in the challenge.
- Your Challenge Team can have minimum of 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.
- Your team will test your ideas for viability by interviewing members from other teams, recording your findings and fine-tuning your business solution.
- Your 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?
- Making Cents of It
- My Financial Future Beginner and Advanced
- Media Smart Youth
There will be five small award categories:
- Best Product
- Best Pitch
- Best Teamwork
- Most Creative
- Best Marketing Plan
There will be one:
- Best Overal Business Concept