Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

4-h presentation time

Each year as part of 4-H, the girls get the opportunity to do a presentation or demonstration of some sort. They will do this on Saturday. If they get a purple or blue ribbon, then they can present it at the State Fair, too. This will be Annie’s 3rd year of doing this song and dance, so she’s an ol’ pro at it. Mimi still has much to learn and confidence to build, but this will be a good experience for her.

Mike decided Annie should do her demonstration on making an extension cord. Annie really wanted to do something with science, and this was about the only thing that seemed to fit that bill in the list of “suggested topics”. Mike and Annie put together their extension cord last while I snapped pictures of the process. Annie will next need to put it all into a PowerPoint presentation. Here are some of the pictures I took last night. I did no editing to these pictures, and I can totally tell now. They look so much better and brighter on my iMac (I’m posting this from Mike’s work computer).

Annie shows how the wires need to be attached inside the plug.
Annie's How to Make an Extension Cord 4-H Presentation

Then she demonstrates tightening the screws.
Annie's How to Make an Extension Cord 4-H Presentation

Here she shows how to strip a wire.
Annie's How to Make an Extension Cord 4-H Presentation

The last step is to put the final pieces on and tighten screws. (The presentation will get more detailed than my minimal instructions here because I really don’t know much about all this.)
Annie's How to Make an Extension Cord 4-H Presentation

Finally, Annie shows her completed extension cord.
Annie's How to Make an Extension Cord 4-H Presentation

For Mimi’s presentation, she’s going to talk about how to care for a goat. Here are some of the pictures we took last night before it got dark.
She’s showing the alfalfa that they need to eat daily from their feed bin.
Mimi's Caring for Goats 4-H Presentation

As you can see, they really like the stuff. They immediately go for the big stash when they are let out of their pen.
Mimi's Caring for Goats 4-H Presentation

Then the goats will need to supplement themselves with mineral (salt mixture), and supposedly will take it as they need it. How do you like our little PVC pipe rig?
Mimi's Caring for Goats 4-H Presentation

Mimi is demonstrating that you can give them a grain treat every so often. The lady we bought them from gave them about a cup daily, but we noticed all her goats were quite plump (even the non-pregnant goats). The goat blogs we’ve been following don’t believe in giving grains but maybe only as a small treat while they milk. We won’t make them wait until nursing time, but we are definitely cutting back their rations. Unfortunately, they are quite accustomed to their “treat” and practically attack us when we give it to them.
Mimi's Caring for Goats 4-H Presentation

Mimi shows how to brush them.
Mimi's Caring for Goats 4-H Presentation

Then, of course, we have to show them frolicking outside for some daily fresh air and exercise.
Mimi's Caring for Goats 4-H Presentation

Lastly, Mimi shows how they must be secured each night safe from meany predators.
Mimi's Caring for Goats 4-H Presentation

I’m sure the girls will do fine on their presentations. Mimi will need to practice a lot because she gets real shy and quiet about this kind of stuff. Wish them luck!

4 Responses to “ 4-h presentation time ”

  1. Shoebox Princess says:

    I would like to know how to make an extension cord! Tell her that next I would like to learn about plumbing–specifically replacing a bathtub faucet. Also interested in putting in a new bathroom shower surround. Mimi will be a champion animal caregiver! Good luck to both girls as they work on their presentations!

  2. Jake says:

    I, too, would like to know how to make extension cords. Or, Annie can just make some for me for Father’s Day, my birthday, Christmas and any other time she wants. Extension cords are like mixing bowls, you can never have enough. Also, instead of bringing the dogs on the 11th and 12th, Maya would like to see the goats. See what you can do. 🙂

  3. Julie says:

    I have never thought of making my own extension cord. WOW! And Mimi with the goats is perfect. I bet that doing something she loves will help her to feel more comfortable. You’ll have to keep us posted. I am laughing at Jake’s comment about ext cords and mixing bowls, because Seth brings home new mixing bowls all the time and I keep telling him we do not need them but he always says you can never have too many. We must have 10 sets. Can’t imagine when I will need so many bowls, but maybe these men know something I am missing?

  4. Jenni says:

    Those are fantastic projects!! I remember making a flashlight in 6th grade and was so thrilled with that. I’d like to see how she uses this extension cord in the future.

    Mimi seems to be pretty good at caring for her goats! It looks like the one would like to have dancing lessons next!!

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