The basics of baking for our younger Cloverbuds. Across 3 meetings, we will cover different techniques as well as kitchen safety. We will concentrate on one type of baking per session (pies, cakes and cookies).
We’ll be doing some fun activities geared especially for our younger members. Possible activities / field trips may include: stable visit at Briones Regional Park, visits to other East Bay Regional Parks, learn about bees at West Oakland Farm Park, volunteer at rabbit rescue, learn about solar energy and make a pizza box oven.
In this project we will learn how to fold several shapes and we will discover some interesting origami facts together, for example, did you know that NASA spacecraft are designed using origami principles? We will culminate with a group project to be determined- a crane mobile to hang in the senior center? Jumping frogs for kids at Children’s Hospital to play with? We will decide together.
Create art in public places that will surprise and delight! We will make (and/or perform?!) fun, clever, removable art that we’ll install in spots for people to find in their every day life. Googly eyes on fire hydrants, fairies hidden in flower pots, inspirational notes in trees – we’ll come up with ideas to inspire and put smiles on faces.
There is a molecule that can break apart atomic bonds, sticks to itself, covers 70% of the Earth, is both an acid and a base, can pass through seemingly solid surfaces, and keeps us alive. This molecule is water! Join this project if you want to learn more about how such a simple substance can achieve all these incredible feats. We’ll talk about the vital role water plays in everyday life and explore chemistry concepts like polarity, pH, and osmosis. There will be plenty of experimenting (with explosions and weirdly-colored liquid) and a citizen science field trip to contribute to the community by taking local water data. We will even break water apart and put it back together again!
Want to do some good in the world – and have fun at the same time? In this project we will identify some problems that need addressing in our communities, and come up with some simple and effective ways to help while combining the action with a treat. This project will meet 3 – 4 times over the course of the school year – for the first meeting we will assemble backpacks with toiletries for homeless, have pizza and brainstorm about what our next Change-maker gathering could be. Sample ideas include: a beach cleanup followed by badminton and sand castles! Help paint a mural! An art party to make cards for hospital patients followed by make your own ice cream sundaes. The sky is the limit, and kids will steer the decision making (with adult guidance) as to what we do.
Be part of this project to help out our community and spark some joy at the same time!
AGES: 9+, min 3 kids, max 10 kids
Saturday, October 12, 12:00-3:30
Saturday, November 23, 12:30-3:30
Saturday, January 18, 12:00-3:30
4th meeting depending on ideas / interest
LOCATION: Project Leader’s House in Oakland for October 12th meeting, other locations TBD
Examine your relationship with food by learning about the poultry industry. What do terms like “cage-free”, “organic”, “free-range” and “certified humane” really mean? In this project, we will consider the ethical issues associated with eating meat, visit a local butcher to learn about where they source their meat and how they butcher it, learn to slaughter our own chicken in a “humane” manner, and share the cooked chicken and other food as a group.
AGES: 9+, min 6 kids, max 8 kids
December 14, 10-12 pm: Learning Day at Temescal Library
December 15, 3-4 pm: Butcher Day at Marin Sun Farms
January 11, 2020, 1-4 pm: Slaughter Day
January 12, 2020, noon-3 pm: Feast Day (Collaboration with Cooking Project)
LOCATION: Temescal Library, Marin Sun Farms, Saba Live Poultry, Project Leader’s Houses in Berkeley and Orinda
New students will get their chance at a variety of looms such as an Inkle Loom, tapestry loom and 4 shaft looms. Continuing students will have the option to choose which loom they wish to use and create a project of their choice.
The Digital Photography project will meet for six monthly sessions on weekend afternoons at various locations in the 10-15 minute vicinity of EBI. (We could also meet at EBI and go on field trips by foot or car). Each photographer should have access to a digital camera or camera phone for each session, and a way to organize and store photos. We’ll learn about the equipment, then move on to working with light, composition and various skill building projects.
This project offers an introduction to free-hand cursive writing and elements of intricate collage technique. Project participants will create art pieces using hand lettering and three dimensional collage to make a beautiful hand decorated and framed quotation in a shadow box. Students who have taken this project before are welcome to do so again. If desired, finished pieces can be entered in the 2019 Alameda County Fair (one of last year’s pieces won 1st place and Best of Class!).
In this project, each member will be creating their own electronic game from scratch! To start, we’ll go over the basics of how circuits work and learn how to communicate to a miniature computer called a microcontroller via Arduino, an open-source platform. Beginners can use buttons and lights to create a rock-paper-scissors or tic-tac-toe game, while more advanced members can tackle more challenging components or skills. Everyone will learn about the design process and how to use resources such as peers and documentation to solve problems.
Laptop required, Mac or PC (not Chromebook). Please let us know if this is an issue.
Learn the basics of tooling and stamping leather. Have fun with a craft where hammering to create beauty is required. We will be carpooling with project participants (leaders can drive) to the Tandy Leather store in Fremont to be taught the skills by experts in the craft.
AGES: 9+, 3-6 kids, but flexible if additional parent drivers are available
DATES: Saturdays, 12:00-3:00
March 9, April 14, May 4
LOCATION: Tandy Leather, Fremont and Project Leader’s House
The first aid project is a fun, interactive project that introduces participants to the basic skills needed to apply first aid wherever and whenever needed with competence and confidence. Learn how to recognize an emergency, how to stop bleeding, treat sprains, strains and fractures, the steps to take to help someone with a head injury or allergic reaction and much more! We will learn what to do, practice how to do it and you will finish the project with your own personal first aid kit to take home.
Ever wanted to understand the basics of silk screen printing? Did you know that screen printing is is all around you? Bring your own art and designs to life and get to experience what it’s like to work in a real silk screen studio. Students will learn the basics of silk screen printing and create their own printed finished t-shirt, cards and/or flyers.
AGES: 10+, max 5 kids
March 16, 23 (9:30-11:30 at Project Leader’s House)
March 30 (visit to a studio, time TBD)
LOCATION: Project Leader’s House and a Printing Studio (TBD)
This is a continuation of the Fall Plant Potions project, but new members are encouraged to join! At each class, we will be learning about a Spring plant, creating several remedies and ending with tea. We will focus on chickweed, violet and lemonbalm during our 3 sessions.
Come create a shadow puppet production, from start to finish! We will be making the puppets, constructing the puppet theater, writing the script and filming the production for entry into this year’s Alameda County Film Fest in April. The theme is Animals, so bring your creative spirit and get ready to have fun!
AGES: All ages welcome, members under 10 years old will make puppets, ages 10+ will focus on construction, writing and filming
Would you like to go on a treasure hunt? Join the geocaching project! Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt where you use GPS coordinates to find hidden containers around your neighborhood. We’ll search for geocaches while exploring cool locations in our community, and at the end of the project, we’ll hide a cache of our own for other geocachers to find.
AGES: All, max 6 kids
DATES: Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
In this project, we will learn all about rabbits! This includes different breeds, raising rabbits and rabbit care and showing rabbits. The project will meet first in Emeryville, and then include a field trip to Ruth’s Rabbits (the project leader’s rabbitry) as well as a trip to a rabbit show, either in Dixon in early January or Turlock in late February.
This project is run by a leader from Tassajara 4-H.
AGES: All, max 10 kids
DATES AND LOCATIONS:
Wednesday, November 7, 4:15-6:30, at EBI with visiting rabbits
Rabbit Show Field Trip: Sat, January 5 in Dixon, time TBD
Ruth’s Rabbits (San Ramon) Field Trip: Fri, January 25, 3:30-6:45
Rabbit Show Field Trip (if you missed the one in Dixon): Sat or Sun February 23 or 24, Turlock, time TBD
PROJECT FEE: $10 for snacks (covered by club)
NOTE: We will need parent drivers for this project.
Intended for younger members in our 4-H community, in this baking class we will focus on the building blocks of baking and kitchen safety. We will make cookies, cakes and even some sweets that don’t need to bake at all! Think of this as a very fun science class where you get to eat your experiments!
AGES: 5-9 years old, max 4 kids
DATES: Sundays, October 7, November 4, December 9, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
This is a two-day project with two field trips (3 hours each with snack). The first field trip will be to an art gallery in Berkeley where we will meet with an artist who photographs flower pods. Each pod is designed in such a smart way so that it can keep seeds protected and, when the time comes, can spill seeds out for its future offspring for next year. We will collect our own pods on the walk through the neighborhood and produce our own close-up photographs of flower pods. The second trip will be to the UCB Botanical Gardens and we will learn about how carnivorous plants are designed in order to attract and catch their food (flies, small insects, and curious children).
We will continue to learn about the power of plants! We will experiment with creating plant medicines, teas and balms to heal wounds, soothe tummies, moisturize lips and all kinds of fun stuff! No previous experience necessary.
AGES: 10+, max 8 kids
DATES: 3 of these possible Saturdays, October 6, December 1, 8, 15, time TBD