Youth Conference – Wednesday Afternoon

2019 WI 4-H & Youth Conference seminars.

Unless otherwise indicated in seminar entry, all are open to 7th-10th graders.

Wednesday Afternoon, 1 hour sessions June 26th 1-2:00 p.m. and 2:15-3:15 p.m.

The following seminars (400’s) are paired together and share a number. They will each be one hour long with an approximate 15-minute break between them.

401     Engineering Challenge: Lightning Round

First Hour: Get ready for a fast paced engineering design showdown! Your team will be presented with several engineering projects to complete and not a lot of time to do it! Have some fun with these quirky and quick activities that you can bring back to your own clubs and communities!

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

Waters of the Past

Second Hour: Water moves throughout our environment over long periods of times and in many different ways. Simple experiments can show how water moves through different kinds of rocks and how we can change the chemistry of water. Through this seminar, have the opportunity to change water’s acidity and biological content and also see how different places in Wisconsin may have different problems with their water quality by using geologic maps. Through our understanding of the movement of water (hydrology), we can influence how we approach water pollution and cleaning our environment.

Instructor(s): Mary Spraggs, Graduate Student; Project Assistant (WISCIENCE)

420     What Is A Doctor of Physical Therapy?

First Hour: Are you interested in human movement, from beginning infancy, developed to the level of an elite athlete, to adaptation following an injury?  After making a diagnosis, Physical Therapists create personalized treatment plans that help patients improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease.  This seminar is intended to help you explore the profession and participate in hands-on activities.

Instructor(s): Amy Schubert, Doctor of Physical Therapy; Director of Admissions UW-Madison DPT Program

Soil and Seeds

Second Hour: Madison is home to beautiful plant life during the spring, summer, and fall, but do you know a lot about the “root” of that beauty? Join us as we “dig” up the field of soil and seeds! In this seminar, you will learn soil science basics, including texture, organic matter content, plant nutrient availability, and how to prepare soil for planting. You will learn what is in a seed, seed quality, and seedbed preparation. We will get our hands dirty texturing soil, germinating seeds, and calculating germination rates.

Instructor(s): Elizabeth McNamee, Graduate Student; Plant Sciences Graduate Student Council VP and Bridget McFarland

430     X Marks the Spot:  A Tour of Places of Famous Discoveries at UW-Madison College of Ag & Life Sciences 

First Hour: Our very own state capital is home to many famous discoveries. Through this seminar, youth will go on a walking tour of sites of discoveries that have changed how we look at life, including the discovery of vitamins A & B, the discovery of how to make Vitamin D, the invention of warfarin, the sites of research that won two Nobel Prizes in Medicine, and the place where the discovery of human embryonic stem cells.  You’ll tour the Genetics Biotechnology Center, Old Genetics, the Biochemistry Complex, DC Smith Greenhouse, Microbe Place at the Microbiology Building, Babcock Hall, Dairy Cattle Center, UW Dairy Barn and end up at the new Meat Science Lab and butcher shop.

Instructor(s): Tom Zinnen, Biotech Policy & Outreach Specialist

Tour of the new Meat Science Building

Second Hour: Participants will get the opportunity to tour the new Meat Science Laboratory, located across the street from the School of Veterinary Medicine on the campus of UW-Madison.  The new $45.8M facility, located at 1933 Observatory Drive, will support work in three main areas: meat science, the discovery of animal biologics, and meat safety. You’ll get a back-of-the house tour of the butcher shop featuring an array of steaks, chops, and specialty meats made on site. You’ll explore how Animal Biologics is the idea that biological molecules, made solely by an animal, can be extracted and re-purposed for the benefit of humans and animals. You’ll learn about the Bio-Safety Level 2 lab for meat safety research where food pathogens can be intentionally incorporated into meat products so that intervention strategies can be tested.

Instructor(s): Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor & Extension Meats Specialist

440     4-H OPS – Tactical Training for True Youth Leaders ♦

First Hour: Are you a true 4-H Youth Leader? Have you conquered all of the skills needed to help mentor younger members? We dare you to participate in our “escape room” workshop – where you will put your leadership skills to the test, while having fun escaping!

Instructor(s): Lori Wick, Extension Educator, Debbie Burkman, Walworth County

Escape WI 4-H and Youth Conference

Second Hour: Ever been in an escape room? This is your chance! Work as a team to achieve your goal of “escaping” this session! You will be challenged to use communication, cooperation, observation skills, and logical reasoning. No need to be claustrophobic! You will not really be “locked” in the room. However, you are strongly encouraged to not leave the room during the session. Accommodations can be made.

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

441     The Science of Leadership

First Hour: Discover leadership in a fun and interactive way using science. Youth will develop skills around goal setting, effective communication, trust, teamwork, and ATTITUDE! This is a hands-on, fast passed, and high energy driven session targeted at making you a better leader.

Instructor(s): Heather Vierling, St. Croix Count 4-H Youth Development Agent

Space the Final 4-H Frontier

Second Hour: Come with us on an out of this world adventure as we discover, discuss, and dissect our universe. We will have many hands on activities to help us understand our universe. You will also get the inside scoop about Wisconsin 4-H Space Camp.

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

442     Am I A Lion? An Otter? A Golden Retriever? What’s My Personality? ♦

First Hour: 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

It’s Only Medicine, Right? Understanding the Misuse of Prescription Drugs

Second Hour: This workshop will use a combination activities, facts, and video to discuss the important issues around prescription drug/opioid misuse. The Operation Prevention lesson will inform you of how brain functions are interrupted by misuse of prescription opioid medicine and illicit drugs and how addiction is a brain function and not a choice. You will be challenged with fun short-term memory activities that will help you understand the importance of maintaining a healthy brain.

Instructor(s): Ron Jakubisin, Positive Youth Development Extension Educator

480     Art of Origami

First Hour: Ever been interested in learning how to do origami? Don’t all those instructions look so complicated? Come to this seminar and learn how to do origami, easy! If you already know origami, this seminar has something for you too. Participants will learn a brief history of origami and then learn some fun origami projects to impress friends with.

Instructor(s): Ria Howard, Dane County 4-H Youth

Microwave Brownies: You be the Scientist, Judge, and Teacher

Second Hour: Many say that brownies are chocolatey, rich, and splendidly delicious. But what consists of the perfect brownie? Become a brownie expert and explore the food science behind baking brownies. Identify and evaluate criteria for the ideal brownie and develop your own plan for teaching the art of brownie baking back in your home community.  Oh, and eat warm brownies!

Instructor(s): Ellen Andrews, Green County 4-H Youth Development Educator

Wednesday Afternoon 2 Hour Sessions 1-3:00 p.m. June 26th, 2019

STEM and Agriculture

520     Doing DNA:  The Code of Life

Your science teacher introduced genetics and DNA to the class and you want to learn more. Through a hands on approach, youth will dive deeper into DNA, the building block of genetic material, and its application into real life. Participants will extract DNA from wheat, analyze a sample of DNA from salmon, build a DNA, learn to use a micropipette, and run gel electrophoresis as used to separate mixtures of DNA based on size.

Instructor(s): Tom Zinnen, Biotech Policy & Outreach Specialist

521     Exploring CRISPR and other gene editing techniques

CRISPR is a technology created within the rapid development in a series of genetic technologies that has made it easier than over before to make targeted changes to a complete set of genes or genetic material present in a cell or organism. You will learn about the state-of-the-art gene editing techniques of CRISPR and how it’s being used in research and medicine. We’ll tour the UW Genome Editing-Animal Models facility and discuss the ethical issues surrounding this revolutionary technique.

Instructor(s): Kathy Krentz, Assistant Researcher, UW Madison Biotechnology Center

522     Pigs and Pork from Farm to Fork

Have you ever wondered what happens inside a modern pig barn? Or what it takes to raise healthy pigs that give us safe pork to eat? In this session you’ll take a live virtual field trip to a pig barn to learn more about how pigs are raised and the steps required to get safe pork on your fork. You’ll then break into teams for an escape-room style scavenger hunt where you’ll have to use your newly learned knowledge of pigs and pork to solve a riddle.

Instructor(s): Mandy Masters, Wisconsin Pork Association Program Director

 

Civic Engagement & Leadership

540     Thinking Outside The Box – Idea Generation with Purpose ♦

Does it feel like you get stuck doing the same activities over and over? We can help! In this session, we will stretch your brain to think creatively and will share different ways to generate new ideas. We will practice proper brainstorming and learn how to make forced connections in a fun, hands-on way. You’ll walk away with a number of new ideas for your group or club and will be confident in leading a brainstorming session.

Instructor(s): Lisa Curley, Dane County 4-H Program Coordinator

541     It’s in the Bag ♦

Groups are constantly forming and reforming. In some cases, how groups function is just as important as why groups function. IT’S IN THE BAG was created to develop positive group dynamics through a multitude of experiences. These experiences were specifically selected to provide a foundation for trust and communication – the cornerstone of any good group. In this session you will learn how to effectively lead these games while having a lot of fun! This is a hands on – learn by doing session! Please come ready to participate!

Instructor(s): John de Montmollin, Wisconsin 4-H Liaison

542     Parli Pro Professionals ♦

Have you ever been to a club meeting and did not understand what was going on? In this seminar you will explore the world of parliamentary procedure and ways to improve your meeting dynamics. You will practice passing main motions, learn about amendments, how to facilitate group discussion, and more. Whether you’re a club officer, a new member, or volunteer, these skills will prove to be helpful at your future meeting.

Instructor(s): Taylor Baerwolf and Laura Huber, Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council

 

Health & Wellbeing

562     Introductory Kayaking                          Fee: $35

Learn basic kayaking skills including parts of a kayak, adjusting the boat to fit the paddler, forward stroke, sweep stroke, bracing stroke (how not to tip over), T-rescue (how to rescue someone who’s flipped over), and wet exit (what to do when you do tip over) as you enjoy the outdoors. Instruction is provided by Hoofers outdoor recreation staff on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Lake Mendota. Bring appropriate clothes to wear in the water (such as shorts, shoes to get wet—no sandals without heels, a T-shirt along with a windbreaker in case it’s cool or raining), and dry, warm clothes and shoes for land with a towel. Avoid sweat shirts and jeans. Lifejacket is provided. 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 one Water Sports seminar.

Instructor(s): UW Hoofers staff

564     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 one Water Sports seminar.

Instructor(s): UW-Hoofers Staff

565    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 one Water Sports seminar.

Instructor(s): UW-Hoofers Staff

570     How To Think Like Sherlock ♦

We all need to build our powers of observation, memory, reasoning, and deduction. using examples from Holmes’ adventures, plus lots of brain-stretching, logic-challenging, memory-expanding exercises. How to Think Like Sherlock will help you develop your mental abilities to their full capacity.

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

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

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! Do you need help building your presence on social media, taking better photos, or writing more effectively? The State 4-H Communications Team will guide you through everything you need to know to communicate for yourself and your group.

Instructor(s): WI 4-H Communications Team

591     Get into the Act ♦

This seminar will focus on acting skills, vocal and physical warm ups, improvisation and movement. The session will be led by current drama company members and will provide an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the Drama Company.

Instructor(s): Jay Johnson, WI 4-H Drama Company Director and Members of the WI 4-H Drama Company

 

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