Youth Conference – Wednesday Morning

2019 WI 4-H & Youth Conference seminars.

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

Wednesday Morning, June 26th 9-11 a.m.

STEM and Agriculture

320     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

321     Food Science & Engineering

What is happening to my food? Youth will get the opportunity to explore the physical and chemical changes in some of their favorite foods. Discover why you purchase certain items at the store. Learn what a food scientist really does. Maybe this is a career for you!

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

322     Science Savvy Through Food Science

Which Makes Better Bubbles, Skim Milk or Whole? Through this seminar, youth will develop talents in designing, doing, and drawing conclusions from experiments using food.  Participants will design experiments to resolve puzzling questions such as “Can 28-year-old Rennet Cheese-making Enzyme Still Make Milk Stiff?” and “Is Milkfat Required to Get the “Fireworks” Effect with Food Dyes and Milk?” Food is great for developing science savvy with your friends at home because food is familiar, accessible, inexpensive and safe. Plus, you get to eat the data!

Instructor(s): Liz Jeese, Biotech Outreach Specialist

323    Food for Thought: Domestic Science

Have you ever thought of your kitchen as a science lab? Most branches of science can be studied in the kitchen using ingredients you probably already have on hand. Learn how to harness the power of a potato for an epic “Food fight”, Make Frankenstein’s Hand, Iron-man’s Cereal, The Electric Spoon, Reinforced Rice, Vanishing Milk, Super Salt, and plenty more. You will never look at your kitchen the same way!

Instructor(s): Melissa Litherland, Interim 4-H Program Coordinator, Dodge County

324     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

325     The Importance of Bumble Bee Conservation

Visit the University of Wisconsin Arboretum to discover Wisconsin’s bumble bees, including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee, which lives here in Madison. Learn about their life cycle, flowers they visit, where they nest and spend the winter, and how to identify and monitor them using photography. Get involved in pollinator conservation during your time in our capitol and learn ways to bring conservation back to your home community.

Instructor(s): Susan Carpenter, Senior Outreach Specialist – Native Plant Garden

326     Medical “Architecture”

You will be engaged in a competitive, hands-on building activity with common medical supplies. During this session, you will learn about medical supplies, procedures, diagnoses, and take the first steps to being an active role in your own health and care. This session will be led by a Certified Child Life Specialist, who will give real-life examples of working in healthcare and can also highlight various careers in the medical field.

Instructor(s): Amanda Lockett, Certified Child Life Specialist, HDFS Graduate student

 

Civic Engagement & Leadership

340     Calling All Camp Counselors

The 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 camp counselors you gain leadership skills that help you be successful at camp and beyond.

Instructor(s): Caleb Jenks, Upham Woods Program Coordinator

341     Conflict Resolution for Leaders ♦

This workshop will focus on conflict resolution through the lens of leadership. We will discover our own default reaction to conflict, different conflict reaction styles, and practice some proven methods to effectively resolve conflicts for yourself or a group you are a part of.

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

342     I Have All These Cloverbuds To Teach, Now What? ♦

Have you ever found yourself saying “I have all of these Cloverbuds to teach! What should I do?” Join us for this great opportunity to learn and take away some fun and exciting educational activities to teach your club and county’s young 4-H enthusiasts. This session will enhance your leadership skills while brightening the minds of our future 4-H leaders!

Instructor(s): Lillie Cauffman and Lauren Thompson, Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council

343     4-H: Helping to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

How do you survive a Zombie Apocalypse? Believe it or not 4-H has the skills needed to help you and your loved ones survive. This course is a fun turn on leadership skills, group decision making, health, icebreakers, and don’t forget fun. Learn fun scenarios to take home to your county. Don’t worry it all stays inside the clover.

Instructor(s): Joshua Goede, Monroe County 4-H Agent and Various Junior Leaders

 

Health & Wellbeing

362     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

363     Introductory Canoeing                                                                                                                                                                    Fee: $35

Learn to develop basic canoeing skills with a partner. Topics covered include tandem canoe design and use; basic canoe strokes, high and low braces along with getting in and landing canoes, and how to deal with wind and waves. Participants will get to practice these strokes in the bow and stern. As weather permits, a trip along scenic Lake Mendota will allow a chance to further explore 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, and a T-shirt along with a windbreaker in case it’s cool or windy), and dry, warm clothes and shoes for land with a towel. Avoid sweat shirts and jeans. Lifejacket is provided. Have fun on the water as you develop your canoeing skills. 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

364     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 incliment 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

365     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

370     BE MORE VADER: Assertive Thinking from the Dark Side ♦             

Climb the ladder from apprentice to master; are you stuck in a rut at life? Regardless of whether you’re forever fighting your school locker, building the Death Star, or training a Sith Apprentice, seize the moment and ask yourself, “What would Vader do?” Get ahead of the competition with advice from Darth Vader and that galaxy’s most powerful leaders. Learn how to gain proper recognition, take control of group projects, and hold onto power. ‘Be More Vader’ provides essential advice to help you succeed at life. It will enable you to follow in the footsteps of Dark Lord of the Sith-even if you don’t possess the power of the dark side.

Instructor(s): Nick Harnish, WI National Guard Child and Youth Program Coordinator and Cameron Campbell, WI National Guard Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator

371     Don’t Look Through the Window, Walk Through the Door

In this seminar, you will learn important secrets to success. Youth will be given the tools to feel confident in interviewing, ultimately reducing fears that leaves one looking through the window instead of walking through the door that leads to new opportunities. We will discuss essential interview skills and youth will learn how to build a resume. During the session, you will have the opportunity to witness a mock interview demonstration, as well as gain experience practicing interview techniques.

Instructor(s): MacKenzie Korent and Scott Thompson, Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council

 

Arts & Communication

380     Art Activities that are Fun to Lead ♦

Art activities are great ways to engage youth on the club and county level. Join the Wisconsin State Art team to learn new, fun, art related activities to bring back to your club and community! All materials provided.

Instructor(s): Stephanie Kempe, Art Team Director and Members of the WI 4-H Art Team

390     WI 4-H Goes International!

“… 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): WI 4-H International Programs Staff

 

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