2019 WI 4-H & Youth Conference seminars.
Unless otherwise indicated in seminar entry, all are open to 7th-10th graders.
Tuesday Afternoon, June 25th 1-3 p.m.
STEM and Agriculture
201 Exploring Horticulture and Fruit Identification
Have you ever wondered how many different apple varieties are grown in Wisconsin and available for us to eat? Come explore the world of horticulture! This workshop will explore a wide variety of fruits from all over the world as well as the ones grown right here in Wisconsin. You will learn how to identify fruit varieties and find out which ones are pleasing to you taste buds! Do you like mildly sweet apples? Why do tart apples make the best pies? Attend and find all this out and much more!
Instructor(s): Byron Hacker, Master Gardener and 4-H Volunteer, Leonard Kritz, 4-H Alumni, and Chuck Prissel, 4-H Educator
202 Electrical Wiring Basics
In this seminar, you will learn how electricity is generated and how it gets into your home. You will also learn how to use basic electrical hand tools, and how to wire a wall outlet, wall switch, and a light fixture. Electrical safety will be stressed throughout the program. All necessary tools and supplies will be provided.
Instructor(s): Joe Stellato, Retired Shawano County 4-H Youth Development Agent
203 Engineering Blunders: The Science Behind History’s Epic Engineering Disasters
Do you like History and Science? We will be looking at the science behind some of History’s Engineering Disasters. Based on the book Massively Epic Engineering Disasters by Sean Connolly, you will learn about The Infamous “Fry-scraper”, Molasses Tsunami, How to Earthquake Proof Buildings, How to Sink Proof your own Titanic, just to name a few! This seminar will let you experiment with the science behind some of history’s most famous (and not so famous) calamities, understand the risks and successes of each event first hand, and get to know some key principles of engineering. These experiments may get messy and spur creative science exploration!
Instructor(s): Melissa Litherland, Interim 4-H Program Coordinator, Dodge County
204 Fluid Powered Machines
Have you ever wondered how an excavator or a lift bridge works? Learn the science behind hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Youth will design their own hydraulic machines using engineering, simple machines, and mathematics.
Instructor(s): Heather Vierling, St. Croix County 4-H Youth Development Agent
220 Medical Careers: Behind the Scenes
Have you ever wondered if what happens on medical TV shows actually happens in real life? Discover the real world behind-the-scenes of your possible dream career as you gain insight about what it is like to be a medical professional. Learn more about the field of medicine from University of Wisconsin medical students and whether you would want to pursue the white-lab-coat life in the future.
Instructor(s): Kithy Elliot, WARM Project Assistant
221 Animal Genome Engineering
How have scientists learned about various diseases that exists within our society? Participants will learn how animals are used to study human diseases and explore their anatomy. We’ll discuss how to use stem cells and DNA to create modifications in the genome to create valuable novel animals (mice, rats and pigs).
Instructor(s): Kathy Krentz, Assistant Researcher, UW-Madison Biotechnology Center
222 Exploring Insects and Collections
You can find insects everywhere. There are more species of insects in the world than all other animals combined. Investigate the world of insects and insect collection. You will learn what an insect collection looks like, as well as how and why we make insect collections. You will participate in several collection tasks with an opportunity to take away a starter kit that will enable you to continue collecting and studying the fascinating world of insects.
Instructor(s): Dr. Craig Brabant, Curator of Wisconsin Insect Research Collection and Dr. Daniel Young, Professor with the UW Madison Department of Entomology
223 Now We’re in a Jam!
How many “PB&J” sandwiches have you eaten over the years? Ever wonder how they make the J (jelly or jam)? In this session, you’ll learn the science behind turning fruit and sugar into delicious spreads, and try your hand at making some. You will learn the role of pectins and sugar, and evaluate the taste and consistency of frozen and cooked jams.
Instructor(s): Becky Gutzman, Retired UW-Extension Food Preservation Educator
224 Stem Cell Learning Lab
Until 20 years ago, it was a mystery how stem cells grew and developed into many of the structures that make up our bodies. The first person in the world to learn how to grow embryonic stem cells in a lab dish was researcher James Thomson right here at UW-Madison. You’ll explore stems cells and how they develop all other cells and tissues of the body, making them a pretty big deal. They not only help us understand our basic biology, but also give us the potential to discover the genetic origins of diseases, to grow organs for transplant, and to test new medicines. In this learning lab, you will go through a hands-on demonstration using the exact same equipment and methods James Thomson developed, and that our researchers, including students, still use to grow stem cells today.
Instructor(s): Jessica Knackert, & Stem Cell Outreacher and Tom Zinnen, Biotech Policy & Outreach Specialist
230 Organic 101♦
Visit with the next generation of organic farmers. Hear stories about transitioning to organic farming, taking over the farm and being an organic farmer in today’s society. As well as what Organic farming is like.
Instructor(s): Organic Valley Co-op Employees
Civic Engagement & Leadership
240 Lunar Hotel: An Adventure in Teamwork ♦
Ever wonder what it would be like to build a hotel, on the moon? You and your team are given the challenge of designing and constructing a physical model for the first hotel on the moon. Because the moon is a dangerous environment, your model must meet certain specifications and standards. Using problem-solving and interpersonal skills, youth will help guide and utilize each other’s strengths and abilities to perform a team task of building a Lunar Hotel.
Instructor(s): Joanna Skluzacek, 4-H STEM Specialist
241 A Participant’s Guide to Educational Experiences
So you’ve visited Madison at the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Conference and had some fun, so what’s next? In this seminar you will learn what all the other 4-H educational experiences have to offer including American Spirit Experience, Space Camp, Citizen Washington Focus, National 4-H Congress, and more. With all educational experiences it is important to pack your good attitude and gear up for leadership experiences. Join us in having fun while also learning what to pack!
Instructor(s): Emmalyn Sprangers and Adaire MacSwain, Wisconsin Leadership Council
242 Am I A Lion? An Otter? A Golden Retriever? What’s My Personality? An In-depth Look at Leadership Styles ♦
This is an interactive workshop that you will discover your personality style and how your style ‘works’ with other people’s styles. We will use activities and discussion to explore ways to effectively communicate in teams, as a leader, with friends who have a different way of doing things, and even solving conflicts.
Instructor(s): Ron Jakubisin, Positive Youth Development Extension Educator
Health & Wellbeing
250 Eat Healthy Be Active!
Summer is a great time to get into the groove of a healthy lifestyle. At the ‘Eat Healthy Be Active’ seminar, you will learn ways to eat healthier, get in some quick physical activity, and find tips to reduce stress. You will also explore the many health career options in today’s healthcare market. This session will include taste testing, fun activities, stretch breaks, and advice for small healthy changes that can make a large difference in your life!
Instructor(s): Heidi Hensel-Buntrock, 4-H Youth Development Program Advisor and Mary Ann Schilling, Family Living Educator
264 Sailing Fee: $35
Have fun learning to sail. Learn how to launch your boat, find the wind, sail including coming about, and how to land (unless you choose to head off into the sunset). Be prepared to get wet (often from other sailors) and have fun. Instruction is provided by Hoofers outdoor recreation staff on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Lake Mendota. Bring appropriate clothes to get wet and swim in (such as shorts, shoes/sandals are required, and a T-shirt along with a windbreaker in case it’s cool or windy), and dry, warm clothes, shoes and a towel for land. A strap for your glasses or sunglasses is encouraged. Avoid sweat shirts and jeans. Lifejacket is provided. For both the total beginner and those who have sailed before. Prepare to have fun getting wet. You must be able to swim 50 yards unassisted. In case of inclement weather, alternate learning activities will be held indoors. You must complete, sign, and submit a Water Sports Activities Liability Waiver Form with your registration for this seminar. Students may sign up for only 1 Water Sports seminar.
Instructor(s): UW-Hoofers Staff
265 Windsurfing Fee: $35
Learn the basics of windsurfing including theory, balance development, launching, and sailing in a straight line. Instruction is provided by Hoofers outdoor recreation staff on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Lake Mendota. Bring swim attire (such as shorts and a T-shirt along with a windbreaker in case it’s cool), dry, warm clothes for land with a towel, and sunglasses and croakies for any glasses. Avoid sweat shirts and jeans. Lifejacket is provided. For both the total beginner and those who have windsurfed before. Prepare to have fun getting wet. You must be able to swim 50 yards unassisted. In case of inclement weather, alternate learning activities will be held indoors. You must complete, sign, and submit a Water Sports Activities Liability Waiver Form with your registration for this seminar. Students may sign up for only 1 Water Sports seminar. Instructor(s): UW-Hoofers Staff
270 #RelationshipGoals: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships ♦
“As you remove toxic people from your life, you free up space and emotional energy for positive, healthy relationships.” – John Mark Green. What does it mean to be in a healthy relationship? Has social media changed how we interact and connect with others? How do relationships affect our health and development? Participants in this session will have the chance to learn more about their own relationships through hands-on, interactive activities and discussion.
Instructor(s): Allie Barringer, Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Studies
271 BE MORE YODA: Mindful Thinking from a Galaxy Far Far Away ♦
Master mindful living in a chaotic galaxy! Whether you are tackling impossible deadlines, coping with relationship struggles, or simply trying to save the galaxy from your overbearing parent, take a pause and ask yourself, “What Would Yoda do?” This seminar is full of inspiring words of wisdom from Master Yoda and a host of other mentors that will guide you to a more mindful and fulfilling path in life. You will learn many Jedi tricks and skills. Make you one with the Force, we will! ‘Be More Yoda’ provides invaluable guidance on how to attain true mindfulness. You will gain insight and wisdom from the teachings and legacy of a legendary Jedi Master-without having to train as a Padawan.
Instructor(s): Nick Harnish, WI National Guard Child and Youth Program Coordinator and Cameron Campbell, WI National Guard Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator
Arts & Communication
280 Building Tiny Worlds
People have always been fascinated by miniatures. In this workshop we will be assembling and painting a fantasy miniature (goblins and wizards and such) and also creating a miniature landscape to display them on. All models, paints and supplies are included. Just bring your imagination!
Instructor(s): Adam Trunzo, Youth and Families Educator