(COUNTY ONLY PROJECT)

 

All Levels - Choose one. Poster topics cannot be repeated. Posters should follow requirements for posters as defined in handbook under general exhibit requirements. Reports should be a maximum of two pages.

 

Reports can be either hand written in ink or typed, however, the work must be that of the 4-H’er. For information about action demonstrations, please see your adult leader or a Junior Leader.

 

4-H’ers should keep in mind that new items purchased specifically for this exhibit defeat the purpose of recycling.

References: All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. See References under General Exhibit Information on page 17 for additional guidelines.

Contact Us

 

Purdue Extension Dubois County
1482 Executive Blvd.
Jasper, IN  47546
812-482-1782
Lauren Fenneman, Assistant Youth Educator
lhaase@purdue.edu

 

Recycling Project Guidelines

(Choose one. Created Items need to be different each year and posters can’t be repeated.)

  1. Make a useful or decorative object from discarded plastic items. Exhibit should not exceed 2’ X 2’ X 2’ and must include a written explanation of the article, what was used to make it and how it will be used. It should also include a list of involved costs. The project should be age appropriate.
  2. A poster or report on one of the following topics:
    1. Identifying and preparing recyclables
    2. The seven recycling codes
    3. The 3’Rs
    4. Let’s Recycle! – Create a poster designed as an advertisement to promote recycling.
    5. Cars- Create a poster showing what parts of cars can be reused and recycled. Find out where these items can be recycled in your community
    6. I Can Recycle That? – Create a poster listing at least three unusual items to recycle and the process for recycling each one. Ex. Include electronic items, appliances, etc.

(Choose one. Created Items need to be different each year and posters can’t be repeated.)

  1. Make a useful or decorative object from discarded paper, and/or metal items, including aluminum. Exhibit should not exceed 2’ X 2’ X 2’ and must include a written explanation of the article, what was used to make it and how it will be used. It should also include a list of involved costs. The project should be age appropriate.
  2. Construct a compost bin and start a composting program in your home. Make a poster or write a report telling about your project. Be sure to include photos. Report should be no longer than four pages including pictures.
  3. A poster or report on one of the following topics:
    1. Identifying and reducing excessive packaging.
    2. Starting a recycling program in your home.
    3. Disposable vs. durable items
    4. Nonrenewable and renewable resources
    5. Decomposition of waste
  4. Write and record a radio message (30 – 60 seconds) to promote recycling. Submit audio and written script.

(Choose one. Created Items need to be different each year and posters can’t be repeated.)

  1. Make a useful or decorative object from any discarded items. Exhibit should not exceed 2’ X 2’ X 2’ and must include a written explanation of the article, what was used to make it and how it will be used. It should also include a list of involved costs. The project should be age appropriate.
  2. Make and label a model of a landfill. Exhibit should not exceed 2’x2’x2’.
  3. A poster, report or power point on one of the following topics:
    1. Water usage and conservation
    2. Hazardous? What Do I do With It? – Create a poster about Hazardous waste. Describe the hazardous wastes found in your home and how they are disposed. You may choose to include Indiana laws on hazardous waste disposal.
    3. Oil- Create a poster describing how and why oil should be recycled. Be sure to note hazards to the environment.
    4. Septic system operation and problems
    5. Your involvement in a community recycling program
    6. An interview with an older adult on recycling practices in their lifetime
  4. Design and record a TV message that promotes recycling (one minute maximum). Submit video tape and typed script. You may invite other people to act in your video

Poster Preparation Guidelines

Poster Guidelines

All poster exhibits must be 22" x 28", displayed horizontally, and have a stiff backing (corrugated cardboard or foam core board preferred) and be covered with clear cellophane, plastic or in poster bag unless otherwise stated in project requirements. Quiz Boards are not considered posters and do not require a clear covering. Leave space in the lower right hand corner of poster for project label affixed outside of covering. (Poster board, foam core board, and poster bags are available at the Extension Office at cost.) 

Leave space on exhibit for label. Label size is 2 7/8” wide x 5 ½” long and will be attached in readily visible position.

References:  All posters, notebooks, display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit.  This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc.  It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public.  The judge will not discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.

 

All pictures and wall hangings, etc. should be ready to hang or display. Use strong hangers (not can tabs) attached with nails or screws (not glue or tape) or provide a suitable stand. Label the stand with your name.

 

Exhibit labels supplied by the office are to be attached securely. There may be specific other instructions for certain projects. See individual project requirements for these instructions. Be sure all exhibit items can be identified with 4-H member name and 4-H club. i.e. notebooks, exhibits with multiple items, etc. Be sure all parts of your exhibit have your name on them.

Secrets of a Successful Poster
A successful poster will:
· Catch the eye of the passerby
· Be simple and clear
· Impress an idea or a fact upon the viewer
· Stimulate the viewer to support your idea, get more information, or take appropriate action.
· Have space left over—Posters that are uncluttered are easier to read.

An effective poster: attracts attention, focuses on a main interest or idea, and motivates you.

Planning A Poster
A poster should have one main idea. Have the reason clearly in mind before you start.
· Consider who your viewer will be
· Decide what you want them to know
· Decide what you want them to do
· Think of a clever theme or slogan
· Limit your effort to one main idea
· Make a small rough sketch
· Visual communication is an aid to what you are trying to teach with your project.

Choosing Colors
Color combinations affect how easily the message is read and the overall appearance of the poster.
· Consider the Contrast: This means you use dark letters on a light background, and light letters on a dark background.
· Let the most important items be the most important color.
· Colors that are close to the background shade will not show up well and cannot be read at a distance.
· Avoid using too many different colors. Two or three should be sufficient. You don’t want to overwhelm your main point!
· Avoid putting red and green next to each other—this is hard to focus on if a person is colorblind.
· Avoid bright neon colors—they may catch the eye, but they are hard to focus on.

Lettering
· Lower case letters are easier to read than all CAPITALS. Use capitals only for emphasizing an important phrase or word to give variety.
· Save fancy or script lettering for catching the attention of the viewer.
· When hand lettering, always use guidelines. Using a ruler, lightly pencil in straight lines that can be erased when your poster is complete.
· Letters may be cutout and glued on, or precut letters may be purchased.
· Keep written material to a minimum. Use only headings, captions and signs necessary to tell the story.

Use different size lettering for items of varying importance.
· Allow margins to keep things from running together and looking too cluttered.
· Below is a table of letter sizes and their effectiveness:

*Ask your parents, 4-H Leader, or older 4-H member to look at your poster and tell you what they think.

Revise-Re-Do-Rearrange
1. Cut out all your letters, pictures and graphics.
2. Draw guidelines and place or draw in letters.
3. Lay all your pieces of your poster out on the poster board.
4. Ask yourself, “How does it look?”
5. Revise and rearrange as needed. Re-Do anything that should be a different size or color.
6. Move things around until you are happy with the overall effect and message of your poster.
7. Glue everything in place.
9. Remember—NEATNESS COUNTS!