Merced 4-H Youth Development
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Merced 4-H Youth Development

Communications Day

 

MERCED COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS DAY
 MARCH 14, 2020
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What is Communications?  That's how we share information, ideas, and thoughts.  It can be verbal, written, or drawn.  In 4-H we want our members to learn and practice good communication skills.  Giving project reports at club meetings, being an officer, keeping a record book, giving a demonstration, presenting a talk, and much more can be ways that you can build your communication skills.
A good way to share what you have learned is to participate in the county 4-H Communications Day.  This is a countywide event where 4-H members can give presentations, make display posters, or be part of a skit.
The 2019 4-H Communications Day will be March 4, 2019.  Registration is from 8:00 to 8:45.  Presentations start at 9:00.
 If you have questions please contact the 4-H Office at 385-7418.
How can you help?
The Merced County 4-H Communications Day will be a fun and exciting day. All 4-H members are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in some way. If you want to be a Room Host or a Judge, please contact  the 4-H office to sign up.  A room host is an older member who helps in the presentation rooms with introducing the presentations and also assuring that the right speakers and judges are in their assigned classroom. For further information, please contact the 4-H office at 385-7418.  
 
 
Merced County 4-H Communication Day
Sample SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(Time Approximate)
8:00 A.M.– 8:30 A.M. Judges’ Orientation  
8:00 A.M. –8:30 A.M. Room Hosts’ Orientation  
8:00 A.M. – 8:45 A.M. Registration/Check In Cafeteria
8:45 A.M.    Open Ceremonies - Cafeteria Stage
9:00 A.M.    Group Share the Fun on stage in the cafeteria
9:30 A.M.    Presentations to begin in rooms 
As judging is completed Critiques of presentations in each room
Awards Assembly Cafeteria following performances and critiques

Mini-members are those who are between 5 and 8 years old will only be given seals of participation on their certificates.
 
 Categories
1.  Demonstration 2.  Illustrated Talk
3.  Informative Prepared Speech 4. Prepared Persuasive Speech     
5. Interpretive Reading 6. Impromptu
7. Science Presentation 8. Engineering Presentations
9. Share the Fun 10. Cultural Arts
11. Educational Display Talk 12. Photos

  
Download the Presentation Day Manual so you can see what the judges are looking for in the presentations.



 1.  Demonstrations  – A demonstration shows how to do something. Member must use a minimum of four posters or slides. Posters should address Introduction, Materials, Process and Summary. Other visual aides are encouraged. Speakers are strongly encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or spark. Team demonstrations are limited to three team members. Age divisions are determined by oldest age of the three members. Models or actual products are encouraged with brand names covered. Organization and visibility of the work area is important. Presentation can range in length from three minutes for to 15 minutes based on complexity of the topic and age of the participants. Speakers may not use note cards.

 2. Illustrated Talks – An illustrated talk tells about something. Speakers are encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or sparks. A minimum of three posters or slides should be used.  Other visual aids are encouraged. Product labels should be limited to generic names and product names should be covered.  The illustrated talk would have at least a title, process, and summary.  A team of three members may present an illustrated talk. A presentation can range in length from three minutes to 15 minutes based on complexity of the topic and age of the participants. Speakers may not use note cards.

3. Informative Prepared Speech – This presentation is written and delivered by the member. The speaker will inform or educate the audience on a single issue or topic.  The speech has a clear and understandable theme or thesis.  There are no visual aids, costumes, or props. Notes on a 5"X7" card (single side) may be used by the speaker.   Limited to individuals, not teams. Length of speech should be 2 – 10 minutes.

4. Persuasive Prepared Speech - The purpose of a persuasive speech is to sway, convince, and influence, not simply to argue.  The speaker may use posters or visual aids to enhance the presentation, they are not required.  A speech can range from 8-15 minutes based on age or experience. Limited to individuals not teams.  Notes on a 5"X7" card (single side) may be used by the speaker.

5. Interpretive Reading – Members may read any published, written work. It should be age appropriate. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, children’s stories, poetry, essays, and excerpts from novels. The member will introduce themselves and their chosen piece. Include the title, author, characters, purpose and setting, and any other information that would enhance the audience’s understanding of the piece. The characters and setting are created through voice and gestures. The member is presenting the reading as at a story hour, not acting it out. The member may sit or stand. The source material must be present and used during the reading. No props, costumes, or other materials may be used. The member completes the presentation with a short conclusion, which leaves the audience with a vivid memory. The reading portion of the presentation should be no linger than five minutes.  The introduction should be 1-2 minutes and conclusion 1-2 minutes.  This format is limited to individual participants.

 6. Impromptu– Impromptu speaking involves speeches that the speaker has developed at the Presentation Day within a 3 minute preparation.  One at a time, the speakers will randomly draw a piece of paper with a topic on it. The topics will be developed from the pre-announced categories for the event.  From the time the speaker is given the topic they will have three minutes to prepare a speech.  This category is limited to intermediate and senior members.  The maximum speaking time is 5 minutes. This format is limited to individual participants.  Notes on a 5"X7" card (single side) may be used by the speaker.

2020 Impromptu Topics

SENIORS 14-19 YEAR OLDS

•Civic Engagement: Youth Activism Civic engagement involves competencies to positively impact community and society. Activism may include seeking changes in the way things are currently done. Activism takes many forms, including addressing collective problems through joint action, mobilizing political pressure, and engaging in both formalized (attending public meetings, protesting, voting) and new forms of public participation (forming on line affinity groups).Potential topic: promoting civil discourse, effective methods to bring about positive community change, or how 4-H can promote youth activism.
•Healthy Living: Mental Health Mental health is our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Potential topics: ways to destigmatize mental health issues, developing coping skills, or how 4-H can promote positive mental health.
•Leadership: Character An effective and respected leader displays virtues and values in addition to competence and commitment. The late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged his followers not to judge people by their appearance, but by the content of their character. A person's character, good or bad, can inspire others to greatness or discourage them from trying.Potential topics: defining character traits in a leader, how character can elevate or diminish a leader, or how 4-H can promote character in its leadership roles (club officer, teen leader, ambassador).
•Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): Environmental Science Environmental science is the study of the effects of processes and interactions in the environment. One aspect of environmental science is studying ecosystems, that is the biological community of interacting organisms and their environment. Potential topics: what affects the health of an ecosystem, methods commonly used in environmental science, or ways 4-H can involve youth in exploring environmental science.

Intermediate Topics

11-13 YEAR OLDS

My 4-H Club Potential topics: project learning experiences, community service and service learning activities, or youth leadership roles (like club officer or junior leader).

•My Neighborhood Potential topics: safety and your neighborhood, connection and community among neighbors, or ways 4- H can help improve the neighborhood.

7. Science Presentation- A science presentation emphasizes the core process of inquiry to describe, explain, and predict through observation, experimentation, modeling, an other scientific techniques.  Science methods may rely on quantitative data(numbers), qualitative data (descriptions), or both.  A minimum of five slides or posters should be included in your presentation. The presentation should address the following points, Introduction, background, methods, results, discussion.  The speaker may use visual aids to enhance the presentation but are not required.  The presentation can range in length from 3-15 minutes depending on the complexity or the topic and age of the participant.  A team of up to 3 presenters is allowed.  Speakers may not use note cards.  Speakers are encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or sparks.

8.  Engineering Presentation - An engineering presentation uses the process of design to plan, build, and test a process, system, or device.  Engineers must weigh design choices based on merits, constraints, and aesthetics to meet design specifications.  .  A minimum of five slides or posters should be included in your presentation. The presentation should address the following points, Introduction, background, methods, results, discussion.  The speaker may use visual aids to enhance the presentation but are not required.  The presentation can range in length from 3-15 minutes depending on the complexity or the topic and age of the participant.  A team of up to 3 presenters is allowed.  Speakers may not use note cards.  Speakers are encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or sparks.

 9. Share the Fun – Groups perform acts such as skits and other presentations that focus on health, safety, community pride, citizenship, science, engineering, or technology, or other 4-H projects.  The presentation must include a topic surrounding 4-H.  A participant should introduce the activity and it's purpose.  Participants must provide and set up any needed audio-visual equipment. Costumes, props, decorations and other visual aids are encouraged.  Presentations are not exceed 15 minutes. 

 10. Cultural Arts – Individual participants, groups, projects and clubs perform a costumed dramatic reading, musical dance, or other such performing art.  A participant should introduce the activity and its purpose. Participants must provide and set up any needed audio-visual equipment.  Costumes, props, decorations and other visual aids are encouraged.  Presentations are not exceed 15 minutes.  

11. Educational Display Talk – An educational display talk is an organized visual presentation of a program or a concept.  A display should be designed to convey it's message in a limited amount of time.  The speaker should support the visual presentation.  Once the speaker completes the oral presentation they will have a dialog with the judges about the display.  Educational Displays must exhibit one the following formats, Card Table Display (approximately 30"X30")- tri-fold poster board that includes a title, members name and 4-H affiliation, and depiction of the program or concept, Panel Display (approximately 4'X4')- is presented vertically on an easel, it includes a title, the members name and 4-H affiliation, and depiction of the program or concept. Display items that are added to table should be kept to a minimum and only include if they are practical to place on the display surface.  Items must be clearly labeled.  The speakers presentation should be 3-5 minutes followed by questions and dialogue with the judge.  Teams of two are allowed.  Note cards may not be used.

12. Photos · A picture is worth a thousand words and it’s also a great form of communication! In honor of this form of communication we would like to invite photography members to bring up to two photographs to Communications Day where their entries will be judged. Photos must be taken within the current 4-H year.  Photos must be mounted on a photo mat board or foam board.  They must be at least 8X10.

 ALL PRESENTATIONS

Organization: All oral presentations should be composed of an introduction, body and conclusion. The inclusion of researched information adds weight to a presentation. Originality is encouraged, especially with the title and introduction.
Delivery: Important components of successful speaking are eye contact, sincere manner, correct pronunciation, enunciation, inflection, humor, natural posture and gestures. Audience seated in all parts of the room should be able to see and hear the presenter. The presentation should flow naturally, without gaps. A confident well-prepared presenter will keep the audience’s attention.
Length of presentations: Appropriate to the member’s age and experience and as necessary to cover the subject. See descriptions of each presentation for time limits.
Teams: Teams of three members may present a demonstration or illustrated talk. All members should have equal opportunity for speaking and “showing.” Speeches and Interpretative Readings are by individuals only. Educational Display Talks can be a team of two.  Share the Fun is a group presentation. Cultural Arts may be presented by individuals or groups.
Number of entries: A member may enter two presentations in different categories plus be part of a group performance at county level. At the sectional level they are limited to just two and at the state event limited to one presentation per member.
Questions: Judges’ questions are appropriate in all categories except Share the Fun and Cultural Arts.
Advancement to next level: A county Gold award (medal or seal) qualifies to advance to Sectional level. A sectional Gold Medal qualifies to advance to state level.
Special needs: If a presenter has special needs this should be stated on the entry form. This may be a need for special consideration due to a disability, or a special need for equipment, or even a need to be scheduled first or last in a room.

 

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