Service-Learning & Volunteering

4-H STEM Ambassadors

Maine 4-H is offering virtual STEM challenges, based on the Art of Math and Computer Science 4-H Science Activities to classrooms, afterschool sites, libraries, and other groups of youth around the state of Maine spring 2021.  The intended age is 9-14, so typically grades 3-8. 

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Maine 4-H is offering virtual STEM challenges, based on the Art of Math and Computer Science 4-H Science Activities to classrooms, afterschool sites, libraries, and other groups of youth around the state of Maine spring 2021.  The intended age is 9-14, so typically grades 3-8. 

Who: 4-H STEM Ambassadors are college students, located within the state of Maine, who are interested in facilitating STEM Challenges in virtual settings. 

What: 4-H STEM Ambassadors are committing to becoming 4-H volunteers which includes an application process, training sessions and facilitating up to 4 challenge sessions.

Where: All trainings will be via Zoom.  Live participation is required sessions to become enrolled as a 4-H STEM Ambassador. 

When:  

  • Training Sessions 
    • Positive Youth Development Training
      • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm
      • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm
      • Thursday, February 18, 2021 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Experiential Learning
      • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm
      • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm
      • Thursday, February 25, 2021 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Art of Math Training
      • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm
      • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm
      • Thursday, March 4, 2021 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Computer Science Training
      • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm
      • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm
      • Thursday, March 11, 2021 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • All new STEM Ambassadors will need to select one date/time each for Positive Youth Development Training and Experiential Learning, and all STEM Ambassadors will need to select one date/time for either Art of Math or Computer Science Training.
  • Sign up for your training with this form.
  • 4-H STEM Ambassadors will be facilitating lessons through March and April.

Training Videos:

Modules:

  • 4-H Volunteer Application Process (Required)
    Application, reference checks, background check, required online modules
  • Positive Youth Development Training (Required)
    Goals of this session will be to introduce the foundational concepts of positive youth development and online teaching strategies.  (Time commitment: 60 minutes)
  • Experiential Learning Training  (Required)
    Goal of this session will be to provide an introduction to training methods used in 4-H programs, experiential training. (Time commitment: 60 minutes)
  • Content Training (Required – Pick One)
    • Art of Math (Time commitment: 60 minutes)
    • Computer Science (Time commitment: 60 minutes)

 

 Email 4-HScience@maine.edu With Questions!

 

What Are People Saying About STEM Ambassadors? 

"It was really fun and exciting to get a taste of what I will eventually be doing for a living…Going into it I was wary because I didn’t really know anything about offshore winds but they made it very easy for us. The kit you get has everything you will need in it including a binder with lesson plans/activities to do with the kids utilizing the materials provided...It was a really cool experience because I was learning just as much from the kids as they were discovering from the activities."

--Taylor Canastra, Biology/Secondary Education Major, Former STEM Ambassador

"Participating in this program provides USM students an opportunity to learn science through service and civic engagement. The program supports not only undergraduate students, but also youth and educators through hands-on science." 

--Dave Champlin, USM Biology Professor 

 

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