Otoe County 4-H Wednesday What-Nots

October 20, 2021

Mapping Your Success

Virtual Training opportunity for Mapping Your Success, a Nebraska Extension curriculum which focuses on taking the next steps after high school.

This curriculum was designed for juniors and seniors, but some educators are utilizing it prior to this. Please let us know if you have any questions.

November 1st 4:00—6:00 pm Virtual Training Opportunity

Cost to attend is $195. After attending this training, you will gain access to the entire curriculum and be trained on how to implement the curriculum with students locally. Register by October 25th at https://cvent.me/9KzdN4.

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Join us on a trip to Kearney to see Temple Grandin

We have only a handful of seats left, call the office if you want to be included.
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Fire Station Virtual Field Trip

It is fire prevention month!! Have you been to a fire station and heard from a real fireman? Let’s go visit a Fire Station plus so much more! You can join us on a virtual tour! Click for the complimentary program information. https://go.unl.edu/learning-in-the-heartland

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4honline 2.0 Transition

Nebraska 4-H will be transitioning to 4honline 2.0 during the month of October. Thus, public access will not be available until November 1. Once the transition is complete, we will let everyone know when re-enrollment can begin for 2022!


Space Cadet, your mission is launching…Welcome to Galactic Quest, the 2021 4-H STEM Challenge.

The four activities in this kit will take kids on a journey from a first look at the stars to cultivating crops on a far-off planet, all while offering kids fun ways to explore different aspects of STEM career pathways!


Blast off with this year's 4‑H STEM Challenge activity kit, Galactic Quest! Including everything you need to embark on four fun adventures, the kit will challenge kids to assemble, build and decode what it takes to live and work in zero gravity.


Developed by Clemson University, the kit takes kids ages 8-14 on an out-of-this-world adventure where they'll tackle some of the same questions as today’s top aerospace scientists and engineers! Learn more about the four unplugged, hands-on activities included:

1. Astro Adventure: Work as a team to gather the resources you'll need to live and work in space in this fun board game.

2. Stellar Optics: build a telescope to learn about physics and light.

3. Cosmic Claw: engineer a mechanical arm that works to harvest space crops.

4. Cyber Satellite: learn about cyber security and decoding to avoid obstacles in orbit.

For a limited time, get $5 off educator kits and $3 off family kits thanks to our signature partner, The United States Space Force. Shop now at https://shop4-h.org/products/galatic-quest?utm_campaign=STEMChallenge21&utm_source=stemchallengeemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20211013&utm_term=&utm_variation=&_cldee=ZXJpbi5zdGVpbmhvZmY3OUBnbWFpbC5jb20%3d&recipientid=contact-66a017aa08ebe911910a001dd8b71c7f-3aa9ccca6af34a5fa7981c1da2ea2010&esid=6c966156-6928-ec11-910a-00155dcb39a8

Sewing Machine and Quilt Blocks

We had a person come in last week with a Kenmore Sewing Machine and boxes of Quilt blocks that he would be willing to donate to a 4-H'er. Please contact Cheryl at the office for more information.

2023 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Experience

Nebraska Extension in Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Otoe, and Richardson counties, together with their respective 4-H Councils are again sponsoring a Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) experience in 2023. At this time, we are uncertain of what CWF will look like in 2023 due to the cancelling of CWF2020, moving CWF2021 to a virtual conference, and the selling of the National 4-H Center. However, we have been told by National 4-H Council that in person events are going to start happening again in 2022 at alternate locations and they will continue long into the future, so we are moving forward with planning the CWF2023 experience.

The objectives of CWF are to:

  • Strengthen communication, leadership, and other life skills;
  • Understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders;
  • Exchange ideas, practice respect and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds; and
  • Experience hands-on learning while having fun in our nation’s Capital City.

At this time, the experience is estimated to be a nine day/eight night trip via airplane with additional stops in New York City and Gettysburg. The approximate cost is $2,400. The itinerary and costs are approximate due to the nature of planning a trip so far in advance, and the uncertainty of the future of CWF currently.

The priority sign-up period for CWF2023 is now through May 15, 2022. Youth who sign up during this time period will be on the priority list. As participants sign up, they will be age-prioritized from oldest to youngest. The minimum age to participate is 15 by June 1, 2023 and maximum age is 18 by June 30, 2023. Each participant must be a current 4-H member and maintain active membership in 4-H through the conference year. Anyone signing up after May 15, 2022 will be put on an alternate list. The alternate list will be on a first come, first serve basis.

The first payment of $240 is due June 1, 2022 to reserve the 4-H’ers place in the CWF2023 experience. 4-H’ers not making the first payment by this date may lose their reserved space on the prioritized list.

2021 4-H Volunteer Road Show

Have you heard? Nebraska 4-H is hitting the road this fall with an all-new volunteer professional development opportunity. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/volunteer-road-show.

Cheryl and Erin will be going to the Beatrice session. If anyone wants to carpool, call the Extension Office to line up your spot.

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Otoe County 4-H Achievement Night - 5:00 PM, Sunday, November 7th

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Raikes School Application Deadline November 15

Nebraska 4-H youth participants interested in pursuing a STEM-related major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln may be interested in the Raikes School. The Raikes School at Nebraska is a leading educational honors program offering an interdisciplinary education in computer science, engineering, business, and innovation for high-ability students. The Raikes School aims to develop leaders for information technology driven industries through industry and community partnerships, project-oriented curriculum, and real-world application.

A competitive applicant has a passion for computing, business, and a desire to pursue a rigorous education. There are no strict cutoffs for academics, but competitive applicants typically earn a 3.8+ GPA and 30+ ACT/1400+ SAT. High school coursework in math, computing, and business are encouraged. Ideally looking for well-rounded students that exhibit leadership skills and a desire to serve their community.

We recommend students apply to Nebraska by October 15th. The Raikes School Honors application must be submitted by November 15th. Students can submit their Honors application via MyRed after applying to the University.
Students can learn more about the Raikes School on our website: https://raikes.unl.edu. Follow our social media on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Check out a full virtual tour of the Kauffman Center, home of the Raikes School, at raik.es/tour.

If students have questions about the Raikes School, contact Adam Britten, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Outreach, at adam.britten@unl.edu or 402-472-0737.

More details at: https://raikes.unl.edu

Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship

Application can be downloaded at https://go.unl.edu/qvid.

This Scholarship is awarded during the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers Convention Banquet, which will be held in Kearney, Nebraska, on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Winners will be notified by January 3, 2022.

Return completed application to your local County Extension Office by November 30, 2021.

Nebraska Extension in Otoe County

Deb Weitzenkamp, Unit Leader, Extension Educator, deb.weitzenkamp@unl.edu

Erin Steinhoff, Extension Assistant, erin.steinhoff@unl.edu

Cheryl Goff, Office Manager, cheryl.goff@unl.edu