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Shelby County 4-H Masterclass

July 9, 2020
Masterclass

Shelby County 4-H Junior Leaders Masterclass

The Shelby County 4-H Junior Leaders have put together videos with tips on how to make your 4-H projects stand out in this year’s virtual fair!  Each video features a different project that a Junior Leader will briefly discuss and share some useful tips and tricks you can use while working on your projects. 

 

Soil and Water Science:

Soil and Water Science is a great way to learn about some our most important natural resources.  In this Masterclass video, Junior Leader member Camille Thopy describes the different layers of soil and their components.  Please see the guidelines below for the Soil and Water Science project.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/zvlmLazQgr0

 

EXHIBIT GUIDELINES:
• See Poster and Notebook Guidelines on Page 62 of the Shelby County Handbook. Create an exhibit that shows the public what you learned in the soil and water science project this year.
• Choose one of the topics listed below, appropriate for your grade in school. Use an appropriate exhibit title.

Level 1 (Grades 3-5)
Manual:
• A poster related to an activity from the Level 1 manual.
• A poster and/or notebook of a soil or water related science experiment appropriate for grades 3-5.

Level 2 (Grades 6-8)
Manual:
• A poster related to an activity from the Level 2 manual.
• A poster and/or notebook of a soil or water related science experiment appropriate for grades 6-8.

Level 3 (Grades 9-12)
Manual:
• A poster related to an activity from the Level 3 manual.
• A poster and/or notebook of a soil or water related science experiment appropriate for grades 9- 12.

Independent Study (Grades 9-12)
• Advanced topic - Learn all you can about a soil/water topic, program, facility, project, etc. and present it on a poster or in a notebook. Include a short manuscript, pictures graphs, and list the works cited to describe what you did and what you learned. Title your poster or notebook, “Advanced Soil and Water Science - Independent Study”.
• Mentoring - Exhibit a poster or notebook that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning, the time you spent, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encouraged. Title your poster "Advanced Soil and Water Conservation - Mentor”.

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Cupcake Decorating:

In this masterclass presentation, Junior Leader member Tiffany Kreish shares some tips and ideas for decorating your cupcakes.  She shares five different design ideas that you can use on your cupcakes along with a detailed tutorial of each design. Cupcake Decorating is the perfect opportunity for aspiring bakers to exercise their creativity and gain some experience with pastry art.  Please see the guidelines below for the Cupcake Decorating project.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/8wODwj5RpLA

 

Exhibit Guidelines:
The cake decorating subject provides skills-based educational experiences that provide an opportunity for mastery before building on that experience to develop more advanced skills. This subject area is divided into three levels: Beginner (Grades 3-5), Intermediate (Grades 6-8), and Advanced (Grades 9-12). While the defined grades are intended to be a guide, older youth enrolled in this subject for the first time may start in a lower grade skill level with permission by the county extension educator, followed by an appropriate level the following year. 
Skills and techniques demonstrated should be age/grade appropriate.  While it is not to say a beginner level member cannot master an advanced level skill, it would be rare and unique. Therefore, exhibited cakes must demonstrate the minimum five techniques from their given level outlined in Indiana 4-H Cake Decorating Skills and Techniques, 4-H 710A, but may also include higher/lower level techniques that have been mastered.  Any higher/lower level techniques will not be counted as part of the minimum five, but nevertheless will be evaluated for quality. All exhibited cakes must be created using a Styrofoam, foam, or other solid dummy. Unless specified otherwise, cakes are to be iced using Royal icing or buttercream.  Buttercream icing will not withstand environmental conditions and may become soft, melt, not withhold its shape, and colors may bleed when being displayed an extended period of time.   When displaying a cut-up cake or tiered cake, the exhibitor must include a diagram and description indicating how the cake was assembled. This diagram and description can be attached to or written on the skills sheet. All exhibits must include a completed Cake Decorating Skills Sheet (4-H 710) and must accompany the cake for the judge's reference during judging. 

Beginner Grades 3-5 - Manual: The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating (Course 1, Student Guide)
Cakes must be on a cake board approximately 3/8” thick and 2-4” larger than the cake. For example, if the cake is 8” in diameter, then the cake board must be 10-12” in diameter. The cake board must be neatly covered and well taped or otherwise attached underneath. Cakes exhibited in the beginner level are to be a single tier/layer and may be round, square, or rectangular and the cake board is to be no more than 5 " tall and 12”x12”. A minimum of five beginner skills are to be demonstrated.  A list of skills to choose from can be found on the Indiana 4-H Cake Decorating Skills and Techniques, 4-H 710A sheet.


Intermediate Grades 6-8 - Manual: The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating (Course 2, Student Guide) 
Cakes must be on a cake board approximately 3/8” thick and 2-4” larger than the cake. For example, if the cake is 9”x 13” rectangular, then the cake board must be 11”x 15” to 13" x 17" rectangular. The cake board must be neatly covered and well taped or otherwise attached underneath. Cakes exhibited in the intermediate level are to be a single or double tier/layer, no more than 12" tall and may be any shape. Youth may choose to decorate an inverted (upside down) character pan, create a 3-dimensional cake. It is also permissible to cut-up pieces of Styrofoam, foam, or other solid material to create a new shape, like a butterfly or castle for example. The cake board is to be no more than 24”x 24”.  A minimum of five intermediate level skills are to be demonstrated and the cake may include additional skills from the beginner level.  A list of skills to choose from can be found on the Indiana 4-H Cake Decorating Skills and Techniques, 4-H 710A sheet.


Advanced Grades 9-12 - Manual: The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating (Course 3, Student Guide) 

Cakes must be on a cake board approximately ½” thick and 4” larger than the base cake. For example, if the cake is 26” in diameter, then the cake board must be 30” in diameter. The cake board must be neatly covered and well taped or otherwise attached underneath. Cakes exhibited in the advanced level may be multiple layer and/or tiered and may include multiple cakes, like a wedding cake. Youth may choose to create a character or 3-dimensional cake by cutting-up pieces of Styrofoam, foam, or other solid material to create a new shape. Dowel rods, plates, etc. should be used to support multiple layers and tiers. Fondant icing, gum and sugar paste is permissible. Cakes may be any shape, no more than 36" tall and the cake board is to be no more than 36”x 36”. A minimum of five advanced level skills are to be demonstrated and the cake may include additional skills from the beginner and intermediate levels.  A list of skills to choose from can be found on the Indiana 4-H Cake Decorating Skills and Techniques, 4-H 710A sheet.

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Goat:

In this masterclass video, Junior Leader members Lilli Dove and Sarah McQueary show you how to prepare your dairy and meat goats for this year’s virtual fair.  Lili demonstrates how to trim your dairy goat and Sarah shares tips for meat goats.  Showing goats is a great way for youth to learn more about working with their animal and preparing it for a show.  Please see your handbook for goat project details.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/tzayYQl0QgY

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Shooting Sports:

In this masterclass video, Joshua Hadler shares some tips for putting together your Shooting Sports poster as well as some general tips for gun safety.  The Shooting Sports project is a great way for youth to learn the basics behind gun mechanics as well as how to safely handle guns and other firearms.  Please see the guidelines below for the Shooting Sports project.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/1uFbY4pAtfE

 

EXHIBIT GUIDELINES:
• Firearms or ready to shoot bows are not allowed to be exhibited.  Unstrung bows are permissible.
• Live ammunition is not allowed to be exhibited (no powder or primer).

Level 2 (Grades 6 - 8)

Exhibit one of the following:
• A poster,
• Small project or model no larger than 18 x 18 x 36 inches
• Notebook, showing how a shooting sports item was made, or project completed.

Level 3 (Grades 9 - 12)

Exhibit one of the following:
• A poster
• Project or model (any size) and explanation of costs and procedure
• Notebook, showing how a shooting sports item was made, or project completed.

Independent Study (Grades 9-12)
Exhibit:
• Advanced topic - Learn all you can about an advanced shooting sports topic and present it on a poster. Include a short manuscript, pictures, graphs, and list the works cited to describe what you did and what you learned. Title your poster, “Advanced Shooting Sports-Independent Study”
• Mentoring - exhibit a poster that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning, the time you spent, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encouraged. Title your poster, “Advanced Shooting Sports - Mentor”.

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 Poster Tips with Madeline & Parker!

https://youtu.be/aiLUNlJWXeU

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