Youth Conference – Seminars

This information is current as of 4-8-2020 and is being update regularly.

Alternate options for seminars are being explored, as of now the information is staying posted with the Conference not happening on campus.

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Wednesday Afternoon Seminars

Tuesday Morning Seminars

#101 Accessible Participation

You will experience what it is like to be blind, be in a wheelchair and have the use of one arm in order to discover the obstacles both handicapped and non handicapped people encounter when  we strive to have full participation by all. I, myself, have one arm and I have stories to share about overcoming obstacles. Please come join the fun of this very “hands on” class.

Instructor(s): Brook E. Courchaine, Executive Director of the Carrizo Project

Category: Civic Engagement

#102 Attracting Eastern Bluebirds & other Cavity Nesters

Sharpen your bird knowledge and learn about what it takes to attract Bluebirds to your home or how to start a nest box trail. The group will take a trip to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum to check nest boxes there. You will learn how to properly monitor a nest box and how to record the data. We will cover the difficulties the Bluebird faces, its habitat needs, competitors for boxes and even participate in building a Bluebird nest box.

Instructor(s): Patrick Ready, President of Bluebird Restoration Association of WI (BRAW) and Steve Sample

Category: Service Learning

#103 Brain Business

Have you ever wondered how your brain changes with age? Do you know someone who has dementia (a decline in memory or thinking skills), or Alzheimer’s disease? Come take a walk in the shoes of someone living with dementia. In this session, you will experience a hands on dementia empathy experience. Various devices will alter your senses, while you try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises. During this exercise, you will develop empathy for people with dementia and learn about what current research tells us in happening in the brain to contribute to these symptoms. Finally, you will discover what you can do to develop a healthy brain and various ways that you can advocate and support people affected by dementia.

Instructor(s): Bonnie Nuttkinson Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Sheryl Spensley, Research Education Component (REC) Coordinator, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Category: Healthy Living

#104 CAC’s Free Clothing Center

CAC’s FREE Clothing Center serves over 9,000 South Central Wisconsin low-income individuals and families each year. CAC’s FREE Clothing Center provides seasonally appropriate clothing for school, work, home, as well as job interviews. The households we serve are living pay-check to pay-check and CAC’s FREE Clothing Center allows them to stretch their budgets just a little further. The clothing is provided through generous donations from the community. Volunteers will donate time to help hang and sort clothing donations for the people that utilize CAC’s FREE Clothing Center.

Instructor(s): Bridgette Weber, Volunteer Coordinator

Category: Service Learning

#105 Cows, Critters, and Creeks

Attendees will visit Black Earth Creek, a popular trout stream 25 minutes west of Madison, at Salmo Pond County Park. While there, we will use sampling equipment to test water quality, and collect and identify aquatic invertebrates and fish to learn what these animals can tell us about the health of the stream and its watershed.

Instructor(s): Michael Miller, Stream Ecologist, Wisconsin DNR

Category: Service Learning

#106 Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Youth in 4-H

One way that we can serve our community is to ensure that the spaces we create are welcoming and safe for all people.  This seminar will talk about creative ways that make LGBTQ+ youth feel comfortable in 4-H.  Some options and ideas will include SPIN Clubs, SafeCafes, Gayme Nights and tips for making LGBTQ+ youth feel comfortable in traditional club meetings, camps and events.  Youth will be invited to brainstorm new ideas as well.

Instructor(s): Dana Berger, 4-H Program Coordinator

Category: Civic Engagement

#107 Failing Forward

Many of us wonder what our purpose is, who we really are, and what our calling is.  According to Holly Bacha, experiencing setbacks and confusion can help us figure out the answers to these questions.  Come learn how to “fail forward” so that you can figure out what “success” is in your life and how that may lead you to discover your purpose.  We will also explore ways that service learning contributes to finding your life’s work and create an advocacy plan to positively impact your community.  Learn from Holly’s own journey of change and turmoil, curves and bumps, bruises and tears, and learn to accept who you are, why you do what you do, and plan how to do it.  Give yourself the grace to know your purpose is true and you are good.  Instead of the “Fraud in Front”, you will become “FREE in front.”

Instructor(s): Holly Samson Bacha, Teacher, Social Studies

Category: Arts & Communication

#108 Fibre Arts for All!

You will learn about how art enriches your life, and how artists in Wisconsin and across the United States are coming together to share art with those who need it most. One of those ways we can share art by providing supplies and self-guided instructions to others. We will work together to assemble yarn, supplies, & instruction guides into “Give A Stitch” Kits. Give A Stitch Kits are given to schools, at public programs for children and families, in a Fibrary box (like a Little Free Library book box!), and to other charities.

Instructor(s): Allison Markoski, President and Founder of Fibre Forward

Category: Service Learning

#109 Food, Production, and Science in CALS

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is one of the eight schools/colleges at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. CALS is unique in that we offer programs and opportunities to students who are interested in the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences. In this workshop, students will be engaging in three activities focusing on one aspect of CALS: food, production, and science.

Instructor(s): Plia Xiong, Prospective Student Services Coordinator and Jennifer Blazek

Category: Agriculture

#110 Growing Food and Youth at Half the 40 Acres

Robert Pierce, local organic farmer at Half the 40 Acres Farm, values nutrition, community, diversity, and friendship more than anything else in his Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farmers market business! You’ll have the chance to learn more about how his farm business functions and learn what it means to participate in a “worker share.” You’ll also get a chance to meet youth participating in his Program for Entrepreneurial and Agricultural Training (PEAT) that has a mission get a younger generation involved in the urban farming efforts in their community.

Robert was born and raised on Madison’s South side. As the owner of Half the 40 Acres Farm, he has been growing and selling produce for over 20 years. Robert started as a vendor at the South Madison Farmers Market in 2002 and has been the Market Manager since 2003. His farm produces organic vegetables, cut flowers, compost, and youth engagement in agriculture. He is a community leader and advocate in the development of sustainable locally grown food systems.

Instructor(s): Robert Pierce, Organic Farmer, Farmers Market Manager

Category: Service Learning

#111 GTL – Give, Talk, Learn

All of us need a little GTL in our lives. Service Learning gives us the opportunity to give, talk and learn through helping others and reflecting on those experiences. Join this seminar for a hands-on look at innovative service learning projects, the essential steps to service learning and tips on making service meaningful for both the participants and the beneficiaries. This workshop is full of hands-on, fun activities and even a few door prizes!

Instructor(s): State 4-H Staff

Category: Service Learning

#112 Habitat for Humanity

You will learn about the affordable housing need and how Habitat for Humanity fights this need by building homes, communities, and hope!  You will also engage in a service project to learn more about Habitat for Humanity and the families we serve.

Instructor(s): Claire Kopetsky, Construction Volunteer Services Manager and Shanna Newell;

Category: Service Learning

#113 Hands-On Horticulture at UW Arboretum

If you love trees and the outdoors, volunteering at the UW Arboretum would be a great service-learning project for you. Get a hands-on introduction to horticulture working alongside experts in ornamental trees and shrubs during this service project and removing weeds from the conifer collection of the Arboretum’s Longenecker Horticultural Gardens. The Longenecker Horticultural Gardens holds the largest and most diverse collection of conifers in Wisconsin. Participants should be sure to wear long pants, a hat, a long-sleeved shirt and bring a water bottle with for this service project. Tools and instructions will be provided.

Instructor(s): David Stevens, Curator and Zane Fuller

Category: Service Learning

#115 I’m All Write – Beyond Journaling

A pen and paper holds unlimited possibilities, one being a tool of reflection and growth. Exercise your creative and artistic side while learning how journaling can help with stress relief, depression, and general well being. You will be designing a themed notebook to donate to teens in the hospital who are going through difficult times in their lives.  Youth will also be given the materials to make a notebook for themselves or a friend.

Instructor(s): Mira King, Oneida County 4-H Youth Leader and Nava King

Category: Service Learning

#116 Local Community Radio

Learn about community radio…take a tour of our studios, see the control room, and receive an introduction to the “community radio movement.” In the second hour, try your hand at making recordings such as PSA’s for on-air broadcast. Bring a one paragraph description about your 4-H club or program and how to get involved.

Instructor(s): Chali Pittman, News & Public Affairs Director

Category: Service Learning

#117 Make Connections, Embrace Diversity, and Strengthen Community at Neighborhood House Community Center

At 103 years old, Neighborhood House is Madison’s oldest community center! Neighborhood House has a long history of serving others, and that tradition continues today through the variety of programs and social services the center offers for youth, families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities. Come learn about and support Madison’s diverse community!

While at Neighborhood House you can engage in a variety of fun projects to help support the center – some examples include leading games with the summer youth camp, tending to the community garden, working on a painting project, collecting and organizing books for a community book sale, and more. Your help will have a big impact on our small but mighty community center!

Instructor(s): Laura Gundlach, Youth Program Director; Andy Millman, Executive Director; and Caitriona Hobart, Program Assistant

Category: Service Learning

#118 Second Harvest Foodbank

When you volunteer to sort, label, or package food into family-friendly portions, you help the 1 in 6 youth under the age of 18 in our area who don’t always know where their next meal will come from. Participants will volunteer their efforts towards hunger relief at Second Harvest Foodbank. What attendees accomplish at Second Harvest Foodbank will be distributed to food pantries, shelters, meal sites, and other places in our 16-county service area. Most jewelry and visible piercings will need to be removed to participate in this seminar for food safety purposes.

Instructor(s): Pam Higham Volunteer Services Manager

Category: Service Learning

#119 Service Learning Across the Globe!

“… and my world,” in our 4-H pledge reminds us that we are global citizens. Did you know 4-H is in more than 70 countries? In this session you’ll learn about being a global citizen both in Wisconsin, and possibly through travel with 4-H. Explore your world and opportunities for international immersion and hosting with Wisconsin 4-H. Recent travelers with 4-H to Costa Rica, Finland, Norway, Japan, South Korea or other countries will share experiences and fun intercultural activities that you can take back to your club. How can you be part of this great adventure?

Instructor(s): International Programs Students

Category: Service Learning

#120 Space Invaders: A Hands-on Lesson in Invasive Plants

You’ve seen them.  You’ve gotten scrapes and rashes from them.  You’ve watched them grow everywhere.  You might even know their names.  They’re invasive species, and they’re taking over!  Learn how to identify and control invasive species and how they impact your life directly.  This will be a hands on seminar, learning how to safely use hand tools to control invasive plants in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.  Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required to fully participate.  What to bring: drinking water, insect repellent, and sunscreen.  Gloves and tools will be provided.  A signed waiver form is required to participate in this seminar.

Instructor(s): Bryn Scriver, Outreach Specialist

Category: Service Learning

#121 Zine-Making with Justice Club at Communication!

Justice Club at the Madison Central Library for a service-learning art project for artists who want to empower others by expressing themselves! We will provide supplies and guidance for art-makers to create collage pages that illustrate who they are as active members of the community.  This seminar will be taught by professional artists Araceli Zuniga, Latina illustrator whose work focuses on cultural, body and mindful empowerment and Grace Olson, childcare worker, mixed media artist and musician.

Instructor(s): Jennifer Bastian, UW-Madison’s Digital Collections Center, Digital Conversion Specialist; Grace Olson; and Araceli Zuniga

Category: Service Learning

Tuesday Afternoon Seminars

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#201 3D Printing the Strongest Structures with the Least Material

Ever noticed that the bicycles in the Tour de France have a frame similar to your first bicycle? Did you know you’re hanging from wires when you ride a bicycle? Come see how the familiar bicycle can help you understand today’s cutting-edge research in structural engineering, with applications in everything from medical implants and prosthetics to skyscrapers.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn about the basic elements in any structure – beams, columns, and braces. You will learn about loads, visualize the path that loads follow through a structure, and find the best places to add material to strengthen a structure. In small groups, you will design and assemble a structure with 3D-printed pieces and then test how much load it can carry.

You will see how the designers of today are taking inspiration from nature to make lighter, stiffer, and stronger structures. Using computer simulations, you will see how an algorithm would optimize a similar structure and make 3D-printed copies of this structure for you to take home.

Instructor(s): Vinay Damodaran, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Category: STEM

#202 Animal Genome Engineering

How have scientists learned about various diseases that exist within our society? With the help of animals! Participants will learn how animals are used to study human diseases and explore their anatomy. Hands-on laboratory animal work will be an option. We’ll discuss how to use stem cells and DNA to create modifications in the genome to impact characteristics of certain animals (mice, rats and pigs).

Instructor(s): Kathy Krentz, Researcher

Category: STEM

#203 Be Active Live Healthy!

At the ‘Be Active, Live Healthy’ seminar, you will learn ways to eat healthier, participate in a series of activities involving mental, physical and emotional risk taking, and partake in several physical activities.  You will also be provided with tips to reduce stress in your everyday lives.  This session will also include preparation of a simple snack, along with the participation in many fun activities and advice for small healthy changes that can make a large difference in your life!  Athletic type footwear is recommended for this seminar.

Instructor(s): Heidi Hensel-Buntrock, 4-H Program Coordinator and Mary Ann Schilling, Health & Well Being Educator

Category: Healthy Living

#204 Dr. Death’s Disease Diagnostics Lab!

He is obsessed with decay and destruction. He thrives in a world of dark science and post-mortem. He lives for death!  Join Brian Hudelson, a.k.a. “Dr. Death”, in the UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic to learn about the science of Plant Pathology! Learn about weird and scary phenomenon like poop on a stick, corn smut, and slime mold. Practice your investigative skills to hunt down and identify the meanest bacteria, viruses, and fungi that afflict the plant kingdom. Dr. Death might even break out his wizarding wand to show you a few tricks…

Instructor(s): Brian Hudelson, Director of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic

Category: STEM

#205 Exploring Music Composition with STEM

Do you have a passion for music? Or a love for working with computers? Then this is the seminar for you! In this session, you can get hands-on experience working with digital audio workstations to realize your musical vision. We’ll be learning and exploring the fundamentals of composition, arrangement, and sound design in a safe and encouraging environment. Using easy-to-learn software, you will be creating your very own composition with the help of other musicians. Come and explore the intersection of science and creativity. Please bring a pair of earbuds if you have them and a readiness to learn and create!

Instructor(s): Danny Wahlstrom, Ben Brown, and Maddie Kleist, Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council

Category: STEM

#206 Exploring Renewable Energy

Have you ever driven by a wind farm and wondered how turbines work?  Seen a solar panel array and wondered who put it together?  In this seminar, we’ll design our own turbines and see how much power we can generate, investigate the connections between land use and climate change, and tour active research laboratories at the Wisconsin Energy Institute.  Solar installers and wind turbine technicians are the two fastest growing jobs in the U.S.  Come learn how this rapidly expanding field impacts Wisconsin

Instructor(s): Allison Bender, Outreach Coordinator, Wisconsin Energy Institute

Category: STEM

#207 From 4-H Projects to Professions – Creating a Resume that Makes a Good First Impression!

Are you starting to develop a resume or fill out applications for awards and trips and need help telling your best story?  Join us for this workshop where we’ll look at the 4-H Life Skills Model and develop ways to tell your best story of what you’ve learned in 4-H!  You’ll also have the opportunity to start creating a personal resume that you can use for a variety of applications!

Instructor(s): Dawn Vandevoort, 4-H Youth Development Educator

Category: Life Skill Development

#208 Group Dynamics for Space Exploration

You are about to leave on an important mission to an alien planet.  Is your team up to the task? Using a space exploration simulation, we will explore group dynamics and qualities of a great leader.  We will develop some of the skills of leadership all while working through the challenges present in a far away universe.

Instructor(s): Adam Trunzo, Youth and Families Educator

Category: Leadership

#209 Learn to use “The Force” [Magnets, Motors and Levitation]

“Don’t underestimate the force.” – Darth Vader    Learn how to harness the forces of physics to build simple motors, levitate objects, and explore magnetism.  In addition to using these forces yourself, you will see them in action in practical motors and magnetic bearings, and investigate the inner workings of these more complex machines.  You will also interact with current engineering students to discuss how these technologies are changing the world and have the opportunity to ask questions about college life and careers in engineering.

Instructor(s): Eric Severson, Assistant Professor and Joanna Skluzacek, 4-H STEM Specialist

Category: STEM

#210 Mission: Unlocking Youth Conference

Do you enjoy solving mysteries, discovering clues, and working out puzzles?  Help us Unlock Youth Conference by completing this escape room style mission!  No one will be locked in a room, but you will communicate and cooperate with each other and use your own personal strengths to look for clues, solve puzzles, and open a variety of locks.

Instructor(s): Amy Mangan-Fischer, 4-H Program Coordinator, Washington County

Category: Life Skill Development

#211 No Such Thing As Normal

Walking a mile in another person’s shoes is not as easy as it may sound.  Each person has their own story and it is important to accept everyone.  In “No Such Thing As Normal”  teens will be exploring the hardships of daily life that are not seen by the naked eye.  While learning about the situations of others, you will be given a set of challenges that people deal with on a daily basis.  Perspective is key, and by putting oneself in another person’s shoes, we hope to open up to the idea that not one person is the same and we cannot be too quick to judge another person’s situation.

Instructor(s): Racine County 4-H Ambassadors

Category: Life Skill Development

#212 Outreach and Empowerment in an Instant

If you enjoy online shopping, social media, and making a difference, this seminar is for you!  Help people in need sell their products to people around the world by creating an online store.  If people can sell their goods to a broader audience, they will be able to earn the money needed to survive.  Bring your creative, bold minds to this class and instantly make a difference in this world!

Instructor(s): Brook E Courchaine, Executive Director ofrhe Carrizo Project

Category: Empowering Fundraising

#213 Plants Get Sick Too!

Did you know that plants can get sick, just like you? Plants are living organisms and are impacted by weather, bugs, and nutrition! In this workshop we will explore different aspects of plant health and how we can help care for the plants that surround us in our lives. Go on a bug safari and learn the difference between helpful and harmful bugs! Learn about soil nutrients and how calcium and potassium can help them grow big and strong, just like you! Plant a new friend to take home! Hosted by the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Council of UW-Madison!

Instructor(s): Kevser Ozel, PSGSC Vice President, Graduate Student, Erin Lalor, andLily Hislop

Category: STEM

#215 How to Tell Stories & Influence People (Resumes & Interviews)

Do you know how to sell your experience?  How to tell a story about your work, school, 4-H, or extra-curriculars that showcases just how busy you are and sets you apart from your peers?  Whether you’re applying for a 4-H experience, college, or a job, we’ll practice storytelling on everything from popular movies to popular Wisconsin snacks so that you’re a pro the next time you need to do an interview.  Following that fun, we will review some resume and scholarship application tips to make sure you’re fully ready for the next step.

Instructor(s): Jenna Franseen, Digital Marketing Consultant

Category: Life Skill Development

#216 The Studio Experience

In this session, you’ll learn the ins and outs of studio lighting and professionalism, and how to take expert pictures with pro-level equipment. As the client, you’ll have fun being a … difficult customer, and you’ll get fantastic headshots, too! This session is taught by alumni of the National 4h Photography Summit.

Instructor(s): Beth Sippl, St. Croix Co 4-H Volunteer and Elizbeth Klecker

Category: Arts & Communication

#217 Watercolor Mandalas with Wheelhouse Studios*

In this seminar, you will learn how to create your very own personalized “mandala”, which is Sanskrit for a geometric figure representing the universe. You will learn how to use watercolor pencils, and how to create “radial symmetry” to make a beautiful painting. *$20 fee per person

Instructor(s): Wheelhouse Studios Staff

Category: Arts & Communication

#218 Well-Rounded Communication Strategies with the 4-H Comm Team!

Do you love social media, photography, writing, and the communication arts?  Or do you need help figuring out how to use these tools more effectively?   The State 4-H Communications Team will guide you through everything you need to know to communicate for yourself and your group. In today’s society, the field of communication has become more broad and understanding of communication strategies has become even more important. Come learn about a variety of communication strategies with the Wisconsin 4-H Communications team!

Instructor(s): WI 4-H Communications Team

Category: Arts & Communication

#220 Wisconsin’s Groundwater: What you Should Know

In many parts of the world, water is becoming an increasingly precious commodity.  Communities don’t have enough, or what they do have is contaminated.  We need water to live, but people are having a harder time getting what they need.  One big source of the water that we use in Wisconsin is groundwater.  Approximately two thirds of the people in Wisconsin get their drinking water from groundwater. In rural Wisconsin, the rate is closer to 100 percent. In this seminar you will learn how groundwater moves, how it is connected to surface water, how quality and quantity can be threatened and how we study, measure and protect the resource.

Instructor(s): David Hart, Hydrogeologist, Wisconsin Geological Survey and Carol McCartney

Category: STEM

#221 You Can Ukulele!

Ukuleles are great little instruments – you can take them anywhere, they are easy to play and the sound they make is fun and cheerful.  You will learn the history of the instrument, parts, how to tune, strumming and basic chords.  Ukuleles will be available for all to play a simple song. This will be a beginner ukulele session.

Instructor(s): Sarah Weier, Iowa County 4-H Program Coordinator; Lori Wick, Lafayette County 4-H Youth Development Educator; and Emerson Harman, Iowa County 4-H Member

Category: Arts & Communication

Wednesday Morning Seminars

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#301 4-H: Helping to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

How do you survive a Zombie Apocalypse? Believe it or not, 4-H teaches you all the skills needed to help you and your loved ones survive! Learn leadership skills, group decision making, health, icebreakers in this crazy simulation. Learn fun scenarios to take home to your county. Don’t worry, no zombies will escape from the clover.

Instructor(s): Joshua Goede, Monroe County Positive Youth Development Educator and Monroe County Jr. Leaders

Category: Life Skill Development

#302 Applicational uses of CRISPR from Curing Human Diseases to Bringing back the Woolly Mammoth

We know that genetics make us who we are: how we look, our abilities, how our bodies function.  But did you know that we can use genetics to cure human diseases and rescue extinct animals?  CRISPR allows us to snip certain parts of DNA and insert new DNA into those spaces.  This means we can change the genetic make up of just about anything!  This seminar will talk about how changing genes and DNA will impact the world we live in.

Instructor(s): Kathy Krentz, Researcher

Category: STEM

#303 Art Activities that are Fun to Lead

The Wisconsin State Art team has been working for months to create the artwork that is featured at Youth Conference.  Create beautiful art with them in this seminar, and learn some fun, new, art related activities that you can share with your club and community.  All varieties and abilities of artist are welcome, all you need is your creativity!

Instructor(s): WI 4-H Art Team

Category: Arts & Communication

#304 Doing DNA:  The Code of Life

You will explore why DNA is vital to living things and how it is like a 4-letter alphabet that encodes genetic information.  You’ll experiment with extracting DNA glop from wheat germ, you will design and run a test of a highly-purified sample of DNA, and you will build a model of single-stranded DNA that you can take home with you.  You learn how to use $200 micropipettes to measure & move small samples of DNA, and you will run a forensic gel electrophoresis experiment.  You will tour DNA labs at the Biotechnology Center.

Instructor(s): Kendall Kupfer, Outreacher and Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist

Category: STEM

#305 Explore the Arts at Overture!

Unveil the magic of the stage in this exclusive, behind the scenes tour of the Overture Center!  Explore the many theaters and galleries, get some acting tips and tricks, and experience the art of scenic lighting.  We will have an Actor’s Toolkit workshop with theater professional and teaching artist Terry Kerr, and see a lighting demonstration from professional theatrical lighting technicians.  You’ve never seen the Overture Center like this!

Instructor(s): Meri Rose Ekberg, Programming & Community Engagement Coordinator

Category: Arts & Communication

#306 Game Changers

Learn computer science skills, including animation, decomposition, and conditional logic through games and puzzles!  Use those skills to advocate for a cause that you care about.  This will be a fun introduction to computer science, one of the fastest growing fields.  We will be using the 4-H National Science Day Kits, Game Changers, to support our learning.

Instructor(s): Beth Sippl, St. Croix Co STEM Leader and Joe Sippl

Category: STEM

#307 Green, Gold, Orange & Blue: We Need You!

Parents. Friends. Siblings. Teachers. Coaches.  Our relationships with them are so important to us.  When things are going well, we feel happy in each other’s company.  What happens when things aren’t so good?  In this fun, interactive session you will learn about what makes you tick – your joys, strengths, values, and needs.  You’ll learn about what makes others act the way they do, too.  With that knowledge, you’ll be ready to be your best self and keep your relationships strong.  You’ll learn how to heal relationships when the going gets tough with those important people in your life.  You’ll walk away from this session confident in your strengths, talents, and place in the world.

Instructor(s): Laura Huber, 4-H Program Coordinator, Wood County and Jennifer Swensen, 4-H Assistant Program Manager

Category: Life Skill Development

#310 Learning everyday Japanese – Beginners

You will learn and practice everyday simple phrases in Japanese, including greetings, questions for directions, and names of objects in this interactive class.  Expect to immerse yourself in modern Japanese life style, and deepen your understanding about Japanese language and culture.  Some hands-on activities are included, too.

Instructor(s): Masami Glines, Population Health Service Fellow, UW-Madison

Category: Arts & Communication

#311 Life on the Farm

There are many on the farm and off the farm jobs in Animal Well-Being, Animal Care (Production), Food Safety, Pork Promotion, Public Safety, Animal Health.  You will learn about the endless job opportunities within the pork industry with a virtual farm tour, as well as hands on practice in each role.

Instructor(s): Anna Boschert, Assistant Program Director

Category: Agriculture

#312 Medical School Experience!

Bodies!  They’re made up of different parts, they keep us alive, they move us from place to place, and sometimes, they’re kind of gross.  One part complex machine, one part living thing, how we understand the body is constantly changing.  Of course, doctors have to have a thorough understanding of the parts of the body and how they all work.  In this seminar, you will learn about the human body in an interactive, hands-on, fun way!  You will also have a chance to talk with a medical student about what medical school is really like.

Instructor(s): Kristi Jones, Director, Community Service Programs

Category: Healthy Living

#313 Miniature Masterpieces

Step into a fantasy world of orcs, goblins, skeletons, wizards, and warriors!  Exercise your creative muscles while assembling and painting miniatures as well as techniques to build dioramas for them to live in.

Instructor(s): Adam Trunzo, Youth and Families Educator

Category: Arts & Communication

#316 The Most Interesting Story is Your Own!

You will learn more about your ancestors and heritage by using several resources like the internet, archived newspapers and birth/marriage/death records at the Wisconsin Historical Society. You’ll be asked to bring a family pedigree chart, which we’ll provide ahead of time, so that you can start your research during this seminar. You’ll learn many research strategies and leave with a more complete picture of your family history. We will also discuss several ideas on how you can turn this into a 4-H project for your club or county fair.

Instructor(s): Lori Bessler, Microforms Reference Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society; Pam Ekholm; and Liz Wabindato

Category: Civic Engagement

#317 The Summer of Mars

Have you ever wondered what life is like on Mars?  NASA is planning on sending a rover into space this summer, expected to land on Mars in February of 2021.  Learn about the various efforst to explore Mars, what has been learned from these previous missions, and all the details about this summer’s rover.

Instructor(s): Jaime Cordova, Graduate Student, UW-Madison

Category: STEM

#318 The World of Insects

In this session, you’ll learn the basics of insect biology and their importance in the world around us before having a chance to see and hold live insects (insect selfies!).  We’ll take field trips to both the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab and the Wisconsin Insect Research Collection to experience what it’s like to work as an entomologist at UW-Madison.  Lastly, you’ll learn about pollinators and make seed balls to increase pollinator habitat in our own yards.

Instructor(s): PJ Liesch, Extension Entomologist and Craig Brabant

Category: STEM

#319 Unlock the Keys to a Successful Livestock Project

Youth will learn about the keys (budgeting, selection, identification, etc.) to a successful livestock/dairy project through a breakout box activity. Participating youth will be placed into teams and challenged to help Jim Bob get his halter out of the locked show box before the show. Each team will work through a series of puzzles to unlock the show box before the show (45 min), all the while learning about what it takes to succeed with their animal projects.  Similar to an escape room, but unlocking a box instead of a room.

Instructor(s): Amanda Young, Extension Dairy & Livestock Educator and Marie Witzel

Category: Agriculture

Wednesday Afternoon Seminars

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#401 “Meating” Your Future

Meat plays a huge role in the diet of most Americans, and in many international diets as well.  Food trends are constantly changing on social media, television, and online sources, and these trends often have an impact on how we eat meat and the careers in this industry.  If you are passionate about what you eat and the role of meat in the diet, join us for this interactive seminar.  We will explore food labels, trends, and careers and businesses in the food and meat science industry.

Instructor(s): Bernie O’Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist and Alissa Grenawalt

Category: Agriculture

#402 Adoption Myth Busters

You almost certainly know a person who was adopted, a person who has adopted, or a person who has placed a child for adoption.  The topic of adoption includes important issues such as race and ethnicity, poverty, social justice, language, ethics, and more. In this session we will separate fact from fiction about adoption and foster care, using video clips, small group case studies and interactive online games.  We will also talk about career pathways for those of you interested in working with children and families.

Instructor(s): Alice Egan, Clinical Associate Professor, Title IV-E Coordinator and Audrey Conn, Clinical Associate Professor and Field Director

Category: Civic Engagement

#403 Awesome Ozobots

Programming a robot with drawing and coloring?  Seems too good to be true… but that’s exactly how Ozobot robots work!  Use art to code these robots, teaching them to do all sorts of challenges.  We will all become robot programmers, no experience necessary!

Instructor(s): Adam Trunzo, Youth and Families Educator

Category: STEM

#404 Calling All Camp Counselors

Songs, nightly bonfires, canoeing, archery, and yummy lodge meals: all of these and more are waiting for you at Upham Woods as a camp counselor. Join Upham Woods staff to explore leadership skills you will use and learn as a camp counselor.  Practice leading activities/games, working with kids, and most of all having fun!  If you are already a camp counselor or are interested in trying, this is the seminar for you to attend.  As a camp counselors you gain leadership skills that help you be successful at camp and beyond.

Instructor(s): Ariel Christian, Upham Woods Program Coordinator

Category: Life Skill Development

#405 Charting your Leadership Path for the Future!

4-H has a strong history of growing leaders, and you are part of that great legacy!  But what makes a great leader?  This session will help you learn about your leadership style, your leadership strengths, what characteristics leaders have and how to build your leadership network.  We’ll also look at creating a personal leadership action plan for growing our leadership!

Instructor(s): Dawn Vandevoort, 4-H Youth Development Educator

Category: Leadership

#406 Creating Miracles with Stems, Roots, and Leaves!

Did you know that you can create a whole new plant from a piece of an existing plant?  This is called Plant Propagation, which is the process of growing a completely new plant from a piece of a parent plant- such as a piece of root, tuber, stem, or even a leaf!  In this workshop you will learn about various plant mediums used to grow plants, both natural, such as soil, and organic, such as vermiculite.  Various propagation techniques such as cuttings, budding, grafting, and layering used by greenhouses or plant production facilities to make new plants will be demonstrated and you will then try them out yourself and create a new plant or two to take home!

Instructor(s): Byron Hacker, 4-H Volunteer; Chuck Prissel, Polk County 4-H Educator; Jim Hovland; and Leonard Kritz Jr.

Category: STEM

#407 Explore the Arts at Overture!

Unveil the magic of the stage in this exclusive, behind the scenes tour of the Overture Center!  Explore the many theaters and galleries, get some acting tips and tricks, and experience the art of scenic lighting.  We will have an Actor’s Toolkit workshop with theater professional and teaching artist Terry Kerr, and see a lighting demonstration from professional theatrical lighting technicians.  You’ve never seen the Overture Center like this!

Instructor(s): Meri Rose Ekberg, Programming & Community Engagement Coordinator

Category: Arts & Communication

#408 Get Into the Act

Put together a full stage performance in 5 days? That’s exactly what the Wisconsin State 4-H Drama Company does every year.  Bring your best acting chops and join them for a workshop focusing on acting skills, vocal and physical warm ups, improvisation and movement.  Learn how they make it happen and take some drama back to your local club!

Instructor(s): Drama Company Members

Category: Arts & Communication

#409 Taming the Voices in Your Head

Have you ever caught yourself silently thinking something like “Why bother?” or “Why are they so stupid?” If so, you are hearing a voice in your head. Sometimes that might be a kind voice: “You look GREAT today!” and sometimes it is a not so nice voice. In this workshop, you will learn some life changing techniques to morph those voices into ones that help you manage your life, now and long into the future. Based on work done by Dr. Marilee Adams and the Inquiry Institute, you will learn 12 questions you can rely on to change your life for the better. We will workshop the techniques you need to ask better questions and everyone will take home a laminated image to help serve as a reminder of how asking better questions leads to a positive inner voice and a better life. These techniques have been taught to leaders in business, the nonprofit world and government for several decades and are still relied upon by effective organizations all over the country.

Instructor(s): Luisa Gerasimo, Dunn County 4-H Program Coordinator

Category: Life Skill Development

#411 Means to Mindfulness

Breathing is more than taking in and expelling air. Participants will explore mindfulness practices that utilize core lessons around: Body, Reflection, Emotions, Attention, Tenderness, Healthy mind habits, and Empowerment. This seminar will help you reduce stress, improve attention, manage emotions, and gain greater control over your own thoughts and actions. This tool will be one participants use again and again!

Instructor(s): Megan Suehring, Positive Youth Development Educator, Shawano County

Category: Healthy Living

#412 More than Just Breaking the Ice

Icebreakers: the vital get to know you activities that people love to hate! This active seminar will teach you to LOVE icebreakers, and share them effectively with group participants. In part one you will learn about the parts of Ice Breakers, different types of icebreakers and how to facilitate them. You will also be doing hands on learning by engaging in the icebreakers and possibly sharing your own with the group! The second part will be talking about self confidence and esteem, how it relates to icebreakers and strategies to help. There will also be learn by doing activities in the second part as well!

Instructor(s): Adaire MacSwain and Emmalynn Sprangers, Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council

Category: Leadership

#413 Photography Composition

What makes a photo great?  Is it the subject matter?  The composition of the photograph?  The camera or tools used?  How can you take better photographs?  Photographer and Extension Educator, MaryBeth Wohlrabe, will guide you through different techniques in this hands-on photography workshop.

Instructor(s): MaryBeth Wohlrabe, Positive Youth Development Educator, Outagamie County and Photographer

Category: Arts & Communication

#415 Space the Final 4-H Frontier

Space: the final frontier!  The universe has no center and is constantly expanding, so we will never be able to fully explore it… but we’ll do our best in this seminar!  Join us as we try to understand just how big it is through a number of hands on activities. Explore the mysteries of space and hear the inside scoop about Wisconsin 4-H Space Camp.

Instructor(s): Joshua Goede, Monroe County Positive Youth Development Agent

Category: STEM

#416 Stem Cell Learning Lab

Stem cells: the most versatile and important building blocks of human life.  Many people have heard about the amazing advances that stem cells have lead to in the scientific and medical fields, but few get to see them up close and in person.  In this seminar, you will view real stem cells under the microscope and use the same equipment and methods researchers use to prepare and grow their cells.  You will also learn about the role that stem cells are currently playing in science and what careers are available in stem cell and regenerative medicine.  Realistic cell and media substitutes for the hands on portion are used to adhere to biosafety restrictions and keep your stem cell learning labs free of charge.

Instructor(s): Jordana Lenon, Outreach Specialist

Category: STEM

#417 Stress For Success

Stress is constant in our lives.  We have to navigate personal relationships, family commitments, heavy workloads, full schedules, all while trying not to drown in school work.  Although we can’t get rid of it, we can learn how to manage it.  Learning strategies such as mindfulness, meditation, physical activity, and healthy eating can help us navigate stressful situations now and lead to handling  stress better in the future.

Instructor(s): Cassandra Gerbitz and Emily Strahota, Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council

Category: Healthy Living

#418 The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Help with behind-the-scenes preparation for MMoCA’s largest fundraiser, Art Fair on the Square. You will receive a tour of an exhibition at the museum, discuss the functions of a non-profit (including the importance of volunteers in our community), and then prepare artists’ welcome packets for the fair. Art Fair on the square is one of the largest events in Madison. Get exposure to serving the community while learning about museum work and the art it supports!

Instructor(s): Kelly McBride, Events & Volunteers Assistant and Annik Dupaty

Category: Arts & Communication

#420 X Marks the Spot:  Visiting Sites of Great Discoveries at UW-Madison

This historical walking tour will take you to places & spaces of great discoveries on the campus of UW-Madison.  You will see the revolutionary Babcock milk fat test machine from 1890, visit the 1898 UW Dairy Barn that is one of the cradles of discovery of vitamins (and the only barn that is a National Historic Landmark), check out the original lab where warfarin blood thinner was developed, visit places vital to genetic & DNA research that have won four Nobel Prizes in Medicine and four Wolf Prizes in Agriculture, and stand at the lectern where UW veterinarian James Thomson announced to the world that he had figured out how to grow human embryonic stem cells in 1998. On the way you’ll also tour modern labs in biochemistry, microbiology & DNA science.

Instructor(s): Tom Zinnen, Biotechnology Specialist

Category: STEM

#421 Youth Leadership 101

You signed up for the Youth Leadership Project. Now what?  This session will explore some of the building blocks to youth leadership and answer some questions about leadership and the youth leadership project.  Join Marie Witzel, Dodge Co Positive Youth Development Educator, to learn more about the mystery of youth leadership.

Instructor(s): Marie Witzel, 4-H Youth Development Educator

Category: Leadership

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