For more information on the 4-H Program in Cheshire County contact Andrea Sawyer, Extension Field Specialist, 4-H Youth and Family at 352-4550 or email@example.com.
SeaPerch Underwater Robotics
Three Cheshire County middle school programs recently met at the Keene YMCA to launch and test SeaPerch underwater ROV’ers (remotely operated vehicles) they built. Four students from the ACES 93 after school program in Swanzey, four students from Keene Middle School and six students from the Marlborough Elementary school all attended this event. In addition, a group of children from the YMCA after school used a previously built SeaPerch to practice their piloting skills. The program, funded by the 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire, is an immersive STEM program where students work in teams to build a frame for an underwater vehicle, attach thrusters, motors and solder wires for a control box. It takes approximately eight to ten weeks from start to finish. Read More
Cheshire County Youth Leadership Team
The Cheshire County 4-H Youth Leadership Team have been very busy. They recently attended the NH Farm and Forest Expo where they had a YLT informational display and answered questions from the public. They also scooped ice cream with the NH 4-H Foundation, where all profits go to sending children to 4-H Camp. Members who attended the Expo also had a chance to talk to Governor Sununu about 4-H and YLT. These youth are also responsible for representing the county to help develop a network of leadership opportunities. They are currently planning a Parliamentary Procedure workshop which will be for all Cheshire County youth to attend. Read More
NH 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology Contests
New Hampshire 4-H Horse members and volunteers from across New Hampshire gathered at Oak Hill Farm in Croydon on Sunday, April 30th for the NH 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology Contests. The morning was spent judging four classes of horses at the farm. Participants then travelled to Sunapee Middle High School to give oral reasons for their class placings or to participate in the 4-H Hippology Contest.
Hippology is a comprehensive horse knowledge event, consisting of a hands-on problem solving phase, a written test, identification of items in a station component, and horse judging. Read More
4-H Annual Awards Dinner
The Cheshire County 4-H Awards Supper held at the Walpole Town Hall was hosted by the Bits and Bridles and Great River 4-H clubs of Walpole. This event was to celebrate the achievements of 4-H leaders and members in Cheshire County.
4-H members were recognized for attending, State, Regional and National events, as well as being recognized for outstanding records and achievements. Leaders were recognized for years of service. (Read More)
The first session of the 4-H B.e G.I.F.T.S. Program held a Community Science Fair at Symonds Elementary School. Twenty children ages 7-11 shared four climate change experiments with parents and community members.
B.e G.I.F.T.S., Boys/Girls Initiating Future Thinking in Science is a STEM program developed by Colleen Ross, a student in the STEM program at River Valley Community College working toward a dual degree in Math and Physical/Biological Sciences. Through B.e G.I.F.T.S., Ms. Ross hopes to initiate enthusiasm for math and science by learning more about climate change and ecosystems. After developing the program for a school project, Ms. Ross partnered with UNH Cooperative Extension Cheshire County 4-H to implement the program. “4-H was a natural partner for B.e G.I.F.T.S., I was looking for a high degree of autonomy in implementing my ideas as well as curriculum and material support, which 4-H could provide. The 4-H learn by doing method for developing life skills was a perfect match.” With eachB.e G.I.F.T.S. club, she intends to inspire learning through observation, questioning, testing, analyzing data and drawing conclusions. (Read More)
4-H Horse Field Day
Members from four Cheshire County 4-H horse clubs recently participated in the 2017 Cheshire County 4-H Horse Field Day held at Cheshire Fairgrounds. Members had a chance to showcase the skills they have learned over the past year by participating in a general knowledge quiz, evaluating horses in a judging contest, and participating in a showmanship as well as three performance classes, with their horses.
Members who received high Individual Awards in the Judging Competition included: Margaret Thomas, in the senior age division, Mia DeCamp, junior division, Hannah Goodwin, beginner division, and Maddie Powers grooms division. Read More
4-H Day Communications Event
Over 100 Cheshire County 4-H members recently participated in Cheshire County 4-H Day, a communications event held at the Walpole Elementary School on Saturday, March 18th. The day consisted of various stations set up throughout the school for 4-H members to present demonstrations, action exhibits, speeches, 4-H Flix and displays of posters, photography and table top trifolds. True to 4-H tradition, judges thoughtfully judged each child’s presentation and carefully critiqued each child’s strengths and provided pointers as to how they could improve their next presentation. The presentation of awards was opened by Kate Guerdat, New Hampshire State Specialist, 4-H Youth Development. She spoke on the many opportunities for 4-H members in Cheshire County. Read More
4-H Animal Science Bonanza
State and National 4-H Awards
Hannah Majewski was awarded trips to both National 4-H Conference and National 4-H Congress. National 4-H Conference is an exciting educational and leadership opportunity, convening 4-H youth, Extension professionals and adult volunteers to learn and share information on current trends and/or issues relevant to 4-H and youth, building effective partnerships, creating innovative 4-H programs, expanding the use of technology, working with diverse groups, and impacting community needs. To receive this award the 4-H member must demonstrate good communication skills, leadership experience, a broad knowledge of the total 4-H youth development program, be able to identify strengths and challenges of the New Hampshire program, be aware of current issues they would like to discuss with their national congressional delegation, convey skills needed to be a good team member and provide ideas of how they could implement a plan of action when they return home. (Full Article) (2016)
NH State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest
The New Hampshire 4-H Foundation sponsored the New Hampshire State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest which took place in Walpole, NH. 4-H members from Grafton, Coos, Rockingham, Sullivan, and Cheshire County participated in the event.
Twenty-one senior members participated in the contest in an effort to earn a position on the State team which will participate in the Quiz Bowls at Eastern States Exposition and at the National Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Kentucky in the fall.
The top team honors in the senior division went to the team from the Pinnacleview 4-H Club in Cheshire County. (Read More)
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