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Nutcracker and STEM Educator Guide
This guide is to lead individuals through the Nutcracker and STEM learning event. In 2021 there will be a performance of the Nutcracker for Iowa 4-H and their partners.

These resources can be used by 4-H programs or school educators with any performance of the Nutcracker. Use this publication as a guide for your order of educational experiences.
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Nutcracker Costume Challenge
In this lesson, challenge youth to create a costume for one of the Nutcracker ballet characters in the time given. This lesson combines STEM and the arts for a costume design challenge.
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Nutcracker Mousetrap Challenge
In this lesson, challenge youth to design and build a machine that can catch the Nutcracker Ballet Mouse! This lesson combines STEM and the arts for an engineering design challenge.
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Theatre STEM Challenge
All the world’s a stage — and you belong on it! Join us for a fun-filled day to learn more about theater and STEM. Practice your acting skills, all while engineering sets, props, and costumes. See how perfectly the arts and STEM go together. We end the day with a performance for family and friends!
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Evaluating Runway Clothing Exhibits
A summary of the state classes for clothing runway exhibits such as $15 challenge, fashion revue, and clothing selection. Includes philosophies for judging clothing exhibits, and tips to evaluate, educate, and encourage youth exhibitors in clothing runway classes.
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Environmental Fashion -- Vibrant Clubs
This learning experience will introduce young people to the environmental costs of clothing and suggest solutions for lessening the costs. These suggestions include shopping secondhand, which they can exhibit through the 4-H $15 Challenge clothing event class.

Additional information on the clothing project area exhibit classes can be found on the Iowa 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event webpage.
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$15 Challenge -- Vibrant Clubs
This learning experience will introduce young people to virtual clothing shopping options for personal use or the $15 Challenge. Young people will learn about a tool to use to shop for their $15 Challenge exhibit.
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Draw String Bag -- On the Go Lesson
What would you do without a pocket? Before pockets people used drawstring bags or other means to carry their belongings. For centuries drawstring bags have been in use. In the past, people used leather for the material of these bags. Create your own drawstring bag accessory to carry coins, makeup, or other objects.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.
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Color Creation -- On the Go Lesson
Today, we are learning about color! How many colors can you name? Color is a quality you can see when you look at something. Explore the science of color with color-changing tablets!

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Clover Kids lessons are designed for youth in grades K-3.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Lots of Layers -- On the Go Lesson
Today, we are learning about layers and collage! A layer is an amount of something that is spread over an area. A collage is a work of art that is made by attaching pieces of different materials. Can you list some things that have layers? One delicious food that has layers is pizza!

These On the Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Clover Kids lessons are designed for youth in grades K-3.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Splish Splash -- On the Go Lesson
Test out items and see what sounds they make when they are gently tossed into water. Collect items such as marbles, various small rocks or pebbles, bath toys, and other waterproof objects. Fill in the items on the left side of the “Splish, Splash, Splat” chart.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Clover Kids lessons are designed for youth in grades K-3.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Solar Art -- On the Go Lesson
Youth participants will learn about cyanotype photography by using special paper that reacts to the ultraviolet rays from the sun.

These On the Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Chinese Hand Fans -- On the Go Lesson
Chinese hand fans were a decorative accessory with designs that were representative of the people who owned them. Make and decorate your own hand fan.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Cosmic Art -- On the Go Lesson
The elements of art – shape, line, color, value, texture – offer an amazing way to make sense of planetary geology and atmospheres within our solar system either through a telescope or photography. Make an art piece on this topic with pastels.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Paper Bag Scrapbook -- On the Go Lesson
Paper crafting can be a great opportunity for young people to express themselves through art and creativity. You will learn that you can create a paper scrapbook with materials you find from around the house.

These To Go Lessons can be used to create a "grab and go" style activity with supplies included. Add your local contact information, print, and cut each sheet in half. The left side can be used on the outside of the paper bag or box to identify the activity, and the right side can be placed in the package as an instruction sheet.

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program.
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Writing a Clothing Event Commentary
In a clothing event, runway commentaries tell the audience about you and the special features of your garment. It is also your opportunity to share what you learned during the experience of purchasing or making your outfit. Commentaries are concise, usually between 50 and 100 words long.

This publication explains how to write a commentary, sample commentaries, and a list of clothing-related terms you may want to use in your commentary.
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Design: Exploring the Elements and Principles in Home Decor
The elements of design are line, shape, form, color, texture, and space. These are the tools used to design a room or space. The principles of design are balance, emphasis, unity, rhythm, and proportion. The principles of design are how we use the elements of design to create the desired look. By learning and using the elements and principles of design, you will increase your understanding of how and why some things work together and some simply don’t look right.
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Design: Exploring the Elements and Principles in Clothing
Get an introduction to the elements of design (shape/form, color, texture, and line) and the principles of design (rhythm, emphasis, proportion, balance, and unity).
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Clothing Project Area Guide
This 4-H project is designed to help you explore the world of clothing. Fashions fade -- learn to make your style your own and timeless in the clothing project. Discover what looks best on your body, how to make it, where to buy it, and how to care for it.
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Home Improvement Project Area Guide
Have fun learning how to design your space while being kind to the environment. If you are interested in creating a new color scheme, selecting new accessories for a room, or to installing a new floor or window covers, this is the project for you.
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Music Project Area Guide
Music rocks! It’s all around us. It's in movies, TV, radio, computers, school, concerts, and just about everywhere! Music sets the mood and is the focus for voice or instrumental performances. Challenge yourself or learn to increase your skill level!
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Photography Project Area Guide
This project area is designed to help you explore the world of photography. From learning about camera equipment to capturing great images and sharing what you have learned with others, you are bound to love photography!
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Sewing Project Area Guide
Use your sewing skills and creativity to make clothes, pillowcases, horse blankets, or anything else that you can stitch, knit, or crochet!
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Visual Art Project Area Guide
Do you want to express yourself, be creative, and make an impression? The visual arts project area is for you. You can work with paint, chalk, metal, wood, origami, and computers.
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Woodworking Project Area Guide
Woodworking is a valuable skill for a hobby, household repairs, or even a career. Learn about the types of wood, uses for various kinds of wood, how to make connections and joints, safety tips, and exhibit ideas from the very simple to the impressive!
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Design: Exploring the Elements and Principles
A design is a visual plan you can use to create your 4-H project. Everything you can see has a design. Explore the elements and principles of design.
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So You're the Club Photographer
Club photographers can tell the 4-H story with photos that show 4-H'ers in action. Includes a checklist of duties, photo ideas, several photo examples, and helpful tips.
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Record Keeping Worksheet Photography
This project worksheet should be used if you are enrolled in 4H photography for the first year. It may be used in following years to evaluate your growth as a photographer.

This editable PDF can be filled out online, saved, and then printed; or it can be printed and completed manually. For more information visit our webpage on using 4-H forms and documents.
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Music Project Guide -- 4-H and Youth Development
As you learn more about music, you probably will discover yourself enjoying it more. You can set your own goals for learning activities based on your interests and skills in music.

As you set music project goals, challenge yourself to learn more than you know and can do now. Seek out new experiences and learning opportunities.

In the music project, you can:
• develop and demonstrate performance skills,
• listen to and learn about various types of music,
• compose or arrange music, and
• explore the construction of musical instruments
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Color wheel
Use this publication to select colors or review concepts such as hue, value, and intensity. Use this resource for 4-H project area learning that involves design, including gardening, clothing, home improvement, or visual arts.
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