Contestant Check-in Begins
Contestants in Place/Orientation
Judging Begins Following Orientation
Awards Presentations in Rooms at Conclusion of Presentations
Registration. Each participating member is required to register on 4-H Connect and pay the district $10.00 per contest registration fee. Registration will begin on February 10 and close at midnight March 10, 2017.
Participation. Participants must be active 4-H members enrolled in a Texas 4-H and Youth Development county program in District IV and be eligible to compete according to UIL rules. The top 3 senior entries in each category will advance to state.
Age. Age divisions are determined by a participant’s grade as of September 1 of the current 4-H year. Age divisions for this contest are:
|Junior||grades 3, 4, 5|
|Intermediate||grades 6, 7, 8|
|Senior||grades 9, 10, 11, 12|
Entries per county. Each county may enter an unlimited number of teams/individuals per age division listed above. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placed senior individuals/teams will qualify for state.
Equipment. Participants are required to bring their own equipment (props, easels, personal computer, visual aids, extension cords, etc.), except for a screen and projector (the college has that in each room). If you use an Apple computer, please bring the appropriate adapter to connect to a standard projector.
Contest categories/divisions. See category descriptions below.
Awards. 1st place trophy and 2nd -5th place ribbons will be awarded.
Participants with disabilities. If you need any type of accommodation to participate in this program or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Derrick Bruton at 972-952-9264 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks prior to the program or note such needs when registering on 4-H Connect.
Contest Rules. See the rules posted below.
Live Animals. Live animals will NOT be allowed in any contest at district.
Resource Link. http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/project_speaking
Judges. Volunteers must be submitted and confirmed from each county to serve as judges for these contests. Please complete and submit the “Confirmed Judges List” to the district office by April 1, 2016 or add information to an existing Connect registration prior to confirming.
EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION RULES
Individual or Team of 2 to 5
TOPIC SUBJECT: Subjects in the Educational Presentations should address emerging or current issues in each of the contest areas. Some contests provide a suggested list of topics that the Educational Presentation talk can cover along with a resource list. Senior contestants are encouraged to research these emerging and/or current areas to develop current and new presentations.
ACCURACY OF INFORMATION/RESOURCES: With the computer and internet being used heavily in Educational Presentations, 4-H members must know the difference between research and non-research based information.
Contestants are required to use information that is factual and can be supported through adequate documentation. Examples of such websites are federal, state, and local governments, independent research sites, and Texas AgriLife Extension Service websites. Internet information that is questionable includes personal documentation sites, chat rooms, message boards, etc.
4-H members should prepare a list of references (i.e. bibliography, works cited) for their presentation. Appropriate credit should be given for references used.
SUBJECT MATTER: The skills and knowledge used in any 4-H contest should be the result of experiences in a project in which the member has participated. A presentation should relate to the contest entered, should contain current information, and should not be better suited for another contest. It should also be appropriate for the member’s age and experience.
TIME LIMITS: A time limit of 12 minutes will be allowed for each Educational Presentation. An additional nine (9) minutes will be provided for on-stage arrangements and cleanup in connection with the presentation. A penalty of two points per minute or partial minute overtime will be deducted from the final score.
VISUALS: The use of charts, photographs, computer graphics/programs, and other visual materials are permitted. Visuals should contribute to the presentation. Each presentation is an example of the participant’s ability to communicate an idea.
JUDGES’ QUESTIONS: Judges and/or Superintendents may ask contestants’ questions at the end of their presentation. This will be done on the judge’s time. Only official judges and superintendents may ask questions of the contestants.
SCORECARDS: 4-H Educational Presentation Score Sheet, 4-H 3-5.041 (Revised Aug. 2005) will be used by contest judges in scoring Educational Presentations regardless of presentation style (method demonstration, illustrated talk, or speech.)
Separate scorecards are used in Public Speaking and Share-the-Fun. All score sheets are available on the Texas 4-H and Youth Development publication website.
JUDGES GIFTS/HANDOUTS: Gifts (of any kind) may not be presented to the judges in any contest. Handouts may be made available to the entire audience.
VIDEO, AUDIO, AND DISPLAY EQUIPMENT: Youth should have all presentations in some form of Microsoft Office 2003 (PowerPoint, Word, or Excel.) All fonts used should be true type; these specifically include Arial and Times New Roman. If youth decide to use any other program or fonts youth will be responsible for bringing all equipment that is compatible with their presentation.
|BEEF||4-H members will give an educational presentation on all aspects of the U.S. beef industry. Suggested presentation topics:
Presentations may target cow-calf, stocker, or feedlot industry sectors.
|CLOTHING & TEXTILES||4-H members will give an educational presentation on any clothing or textile topic. Individuals or teams of up to five demonstrate poise, presentation skills, and knowledge in various areas of clothing and textiles. Suggested presentation topics:
|COMPANION ANIMAL||4-H members will give an educational presentation as it relates to skills learned in any project concerning the care, companionship, or maintenance of small animals (e.g. dogs, hamsters, fish, etc.). Do not draw from projects included in other Roundup contests or shown as market animals at livestock shows (e.g. poultry, rabbit, swine, and natural resources). Live animals are allowed. Arrangements to house animals off-campus must be made ahead of contest week with the contest superintendent.|
|HEALTH||Presentations should focus on healthy lifestyles, prevention and wellness, not illness/treatment. It is suggested that project experiences in this area include topics aimed at youth health, wellness and prevention and that the educational presentations be shared with other youth groups in the community to promote healthy lifestyles.
All presentations must be supported by science based and current medical/ health journal articles (e.g., Journal of the American Medical Association, Annuals of Internal Guide Medicine) or research based websites. No .com resources are allowed. Additional resources could come from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Texas Department of Health.
Suggested presentation topics:
|HORSE||Presentation is to cover the theory and/or practical skills learned in the 4-H horse project and should be appropriate for presentation at a 4-H club meeting. After hearing the presentation, the audience should be able to put information into practice to improve their production, management, training, or horse use knowledge and/or skills.
While the use of notes by participants is not prohibited, excessive use of notes or reading PowerPoint presentations word for word may be penalized at the discretion of the judges. Presentations will be scored with equal consideration for both individuals and teams of two, and awards will be given for overall placings. *One may choose to do a presentation without props. Those will be judged as horse public speaking using the public speaking score sheet. However for top awards, they will still be ranked with those giving educational presentations which allow use of props in the presentation.
|OPEN||Youth will relate to skills learned in a project in which the 4-H member has been involved. Make sure your presentation is not better suited for another category.|
|OPEN – AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES||Youth will relate information to knowledge or skills learned in the field of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Before entering this category, make sure the presentation does not fit any other related educational presentation category. Topics may include:
|OPEN – FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES||Youth will relate information to knowledge or skills learned in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences. Before entering this category, make sure the presentation does not fit any other related educational presentation category. Topics may include:
*Health related topics, which could include such things as increasing physical activity, tobacco and alcohol prevention, sun safety, preventing spread of colds and flu, sleep, and reducing stress, should compete under health educational presentation.
|PROMOTE 4-H||The purpose of this contest is to:
The 4-H promotion should convey a contemporary image of 4-H in a changing society. Promotional methods might include: radio, television, illustrated talks, method demonstrations, newspaper, posters, projected images, exhibits, photographs, slide/tape presentations, puppets, PSA’s, speeches, drama, skits, videos, computer programs, etc. Contestants identify a non-4-H audience and demonstrate a promotional method which communicates the ideas or ideals of the 4-H program. Before entering this category make sure your presentation does not fit any other related educational presentation category
|SAFETY AND INJURY PREVENTION||Youth will relate to safe equipment designs and safe procedures or methods associated with the prevention of accidents in work, home, or recreational environments Topics may include accident prevention when operating motor vehicles, boats, home, farm or yard machinery. Also included are safety topics on handling chemicals and animals and prevention of accidents relative to falls, fire, electricity, hunting and natural disasters. Suggested presentation topics:
|SHEEP AND/OR GOATS||Educational presentation which relates to the production of sheep and/or goats or to the utilization of their meat, milk, or fiber. Suggested presentation topics:
PUBLIC SPEAKING RULES
Entry of 1 4-H member (no teams)
Individuals will present a 5-to-7 minute talk suitable as a platform speech or radio broadcast. The presentation should serve to persuade others regarding a particular issue or concern. Props and visual aids are not permitted and recordings of any type may not be used. Contestants should be prepared to answer questions concerning the subject matter of their presentation. Contestants selected as finalists will then repeat their presentations in a final round. First place individuals will be asked to present their speech at the Thursday night assembly. Suggested presentation topics: