NM 4-H Technology & Design Project

See what 4-Hers have created with technology tools at the Online 4-H Technology and Design EXPO!

The NM 4-H Technology & Design Project guides 4-Hers in using technology to create, build and make digital projects. All shared resources and videos of previous online sessions are archived below, in chronological order. We've had 31 great sessions with different technology tools and projects, focusing on how we use technology to design and make new things.

View the Expo

4-Hers submitted animations, videos, posters, and programming projects they completed in the Online 4-H Tech and Design Expo. This non-competitive fair is a way to share their digital projects with others. For more information, contact the project leaders:
  • Barbara Chamberlin, bchamber@nmsu.edu
  • Pamela Martinez, pamelmar@nmsu.edu

2020 4-H Tech and Design Sessions

Date Session
Monday, March 23

Digital Presentations, Part One
In this first of two sessions, learn the basics of what digital presentations can do. Review how to make each kind of slide, how to do simple transitions and animations, and use templates. 4-Hers should have access to PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides, or another digital presentation program to work along during the session, or to create a presentation after the session.
Presented by Barbara Chamberlin
Tuesday, March 24

Game Design: Rule Redo
Rules are one of the most important aspects of game design. Play along some common games, and experiment with changing the rules to make the game more challenging, more enjoyable, or completely different. To prepare for this session, think of one card or board game you like to play. If possible, have it with you during our session. Also, you may want to have paper and pencil ready to use.
Presented by Amanda Armstrong
Wednesday, March 25

Graphic Design Professional designers make specific choices on fonts, colors and design. Learn the basic tips for putting together a printed one-page poster. Resources shared include: Presented by Matheus Cezarotto
Thursday, March 26
Game Design: Become a Game Reviewer
Game developers have to become critical reviewers of other games. Talk through the basics of game review, then work on a project to critically analyze other games. Resources shared include: Presented by Amanda Armstrong

Social Media: Part One
Ideal for 4-Hers 13 and older. Learn the importance of creating a good self-image and why it's important to do so. Quick tips on how to ensure your account isn't viewed poorly by universities, employers or media.
Presented by Pamela Martinez
Friday, March 27
Digital Illustration: Character Design
Characters are what usually make a game or animation engaging and relatable. Work with this experienced artist to learn what you have to think through when creating characters. Work with other workshop participants to design a character during the session, then work on your own after the session.
Presented by Philip McVann
Video: Filming and Editing
Creative filming and editing leads to more interesting and entertaining videos. Learn how to communicate your message more effectively and keep people watching your videos by using simple video filming and editing techniques. These basic guidelines are designed to help you no matter what type of phone, tablet, camera and editing software you use. Editing software is not required for this presentation but you may use it if you like. If you need guidance on choosing and working with editing software, please contact Tomilee Turner, toturner@nmsu.edu, at any time before or after this presentation.
Presented by Tomilee Turner
Monday, March 30

Digital Presentations, Part Two
Review 5 tips for improving slides, then accept the slide challenge renovation challenge! Take a given presentation, and give it a makeover! 4-Hers should have access to PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides to work along during the session, or to create a presentation after the session. 4-Hers don't need to have participated in Part 1 to participate in Part 2.
Presented by Barbara Chamberlin
Learn about combining sewing and technology through a quick course in E-Textiles. Participants will learn how to design, sew, and wire programmable LED lights to make a button, stuffed animal, or whatever their mind can create! Presented by Nicole Jacobs
Tuesday, March 31 Art Styles and Design
How do professional artists choose and design specific styles for their animations? Work through the process with a professional artist to see how he develops a specific artistic style, setting colors and design goals. Talk through some of your own preferences for how you would design art for your own animated series. Resources shared in the workshop include: Presented by Adrian Aguirre Martinez

Game Design: Storyboarding
Before game developers make their game, they have to design it. Developers usually create wireframes, or simple storyboards, when they pitch their game to others. Learn how to use Marvel to storyboard your game pitch! 4-Hers will need to download the free Marvel app for their tablet or create an online account software for online use to use during and after the session. Presented by Amanda Armstrong
Wednesday, April 1

Graphic Design
You recognize famous brands just by seeing their symbol or slogan. You can do that because they followed a design branding process. Learn the branding design process, and create your personal and unique visual identity. Resources shared include: Presented by Matheus Cezarotto

Online Experts
Phrases like "fake news" and "valid sources" are being used a lot these days. How do professional writers of educational media learn what is true, and what isn't? Create an educational meme of your own and learn strategies for doing online work and making sure what you say is true. Presented by Amy Smith Muise
Thursday, April 2

Sound Editing
Using free or inexpensive software, you can capture and edit your own audio for podcasts, animations, or videos. Join this expert audio tech to learn how to use waveforms and editing tools to make your audio sound good. Presented by Amanda Chase

Designing a Podcast - Nuts and Bolts
Entry level discussion of developing a podcast, including the basics of what to consider if you want to broadcast/publish your own podcast, as discussed from a novice team that is working on developing a podcast series to promote 4-H in the community. The discussion will include:
  • what to consider when choosing software or applications, and equipment needs
  • determining your audience and tailoring your podcast to their needs
  • content
  • length of podcast and number of podcasts (one or more)
  • when to broadcast
Presented by Susann Mikkelson and Jenna Lopez
Friday, April 3

Animations: Stop Motion Animation
Review some programs you can use to create stop-motion animations on your mobile device or computer, and see some of the animations which artists in the Learning Games Lab have created. Resources shared include: Presented by Barbara Chamberlin
Thursday, April 9
Professional Thank You Poster
Join us as we draft beautifully designed posters thanking people in our community for the work they do. Users should have an account on https://www.adobe.com/express/ for the session.
Thursday, April 16
Show and Tell: Professional Thank You Poster
Have your posters ready to share with other project members. You can share your screen during the session, hold your poster in front of the camera, or email your finished poster to bchamber@nmsu.edu to share.
Thursday, April 23

Animation: How to Create Your Own
Professional animators will take us through some of the basics on how to create your own moving images. Be ready to learn some skills, then accept the animation challenge to create your own. Download the free app, SketchBook before the session. Resources shared include:
Thursday, April 30
Show and Tell: Animations
Now's your chance to share your animation. Come ready to demonstrate the skills you learned.
Thursdays, May 7, May 14, May 21
3 week Minecraft Series
We'll spend a month creating in Minecraft. The first week we'll introduce new players, and review the basics. In Week 2, 4-Hers can give demos, teaching each others how to build neat things; and we'll design a building challenge for the team. In Week 3, we'll explore what everyone has made. 4-H parents and leaders can sit in a join us to learn Minecraft. Participants will receive and email with log in information.
Thursdays, May 28, June 4, June 11
3 week Series on Online Social Play
We're spending a lot of time with other people in online spaces: videoconferences, game servers, and phone calls. How can we adapt existing games to be played online? How can we connect with friends and family at a distance through gameplay? We'll look at some classic examples of games, then work on the challenge of taking some of our favorite games, and adapting them for online play.
Thursday, June 18
Special Guest Speaker: National 4-H FilmFest
We have an amazing opportunity this year: We can participate in the National 4-H Film Festival online! The festival is a series of workshops to learn more about filmmaking from experts, and 4-Hers can also submit videos they've created if they'd like to. Join special guest Dr. Bradd Anderson, co-director of the national festival, to learn how NM 4-Hers can participate this year, and the process for submitting our own work.
Thursday, June 25
Expo Planning
This fall, we'll have an online expo to show off our digital work. How should it work? What do we want to submit? How should we share it with others? Join us for this planning session.
Thursday, July 9
4-H Contest Showcase
We have a cool new online program this year, the 4-H Contest Showcase. Over a two week period, 4-Hers can submit to different contests, exploring the different types of competitions in NM. Join agents, Christina Turner and Amanda Benton to learn what the program is, and how to participate.
Thursday, July 23 and July 30
Two-part Series on Scratch
Scratch is a super fun programming tool where kids can create their own amazing games and animations. Join us for an excellent series on how to use and get started making your own creations.

In this first session, learn the basics of Scratch. The ability to program something is a very useful skill to have in today's era of technology. We all know that websites and applications require some kind of programming. But did you know that video games and Disney rides require programming as well? Everything you see around you today - from a video game to a smart fridge - has some sort of programming involved to make it work the way it does. Scratch is a block-based visual programming language and website, which makes it easier to learn how to code. So, let's learn how to program with scratch!

Pick a Scratch project to do on your own, then share in session 2. We are excited to see what you have created!

Guest teacher, Sikta Das is part of "Young Women in Computing” at NMSU, and often teaches programming, web design and other programs at NMSU.