Area Presentation Days
All Area Presentations Days are moving to a virtual format.
Evaluators, please sign up here.
Presenters, register here.
Room hosts who are comfortable with Zoom, register here.
We know that virtual contests do not solve the problem for every contest or every family. We also recognize that people have other serious priorities right now, and that 4-H participation may not be a priority at the moment. We also understand that not everyone has a home internet connection and may not be able to participate virtually. Furthermore, we did not want to postpone events into the new program/school year. Our goal is to do the best we can in maintaining some normalcy and continuing the learning experiences for as many our youth as possible, honoring the work they have put in over this program year to prepare their presentations. For those who cannot participate this way, we want to keep track and see what we can do. So even if a young person cannot participate virtually, we ask them to complete the registration form and note this in the comments box.
Virtual Area Presentations Day Procedure
Two-hour time slots available daily from April 11 to May 9.
After qualifying at a County 4-H Presentation Day (either in-person or virtual), youth may register to present at the Area Presentation Day during a 2-hour time block offered between April 11 – May 9. Time blocks are first-come, first-served.
Weeknights: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Weekends: 10:00 – 12:00pm & 1:00 – 3:00pm
After registering, youth presenters will receive a confirmation for their time block with a zoom.us meeting link. During their scheduled time block, youth will log on with a computer/tablet or smart phone and present in front of a camera/webcam. They may use poster boards and props (if the category permits these) or using digital slides by “sharing my screen.” All requirements from the 4-H Presentation Manual apply; except modifications may be required for group presentations, such as Share the 4-H Fun Skit or Cultural Arts, depending on government-required social distancing and/or shelter-in-place directives.
Evaluators will enter their scores and comments digitally, which will be sent to the “tally room.” Evaluations forms will be emailed to presenters along with their placing. Award certificates and pins will be sent to County offices after the Shelter-in-Place order is lifted.
Technology and Required Equipment
Youth will present at home using the https://zoom.us/ virtual meeting platform using a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Youth are encouraged to log in 15-minutes in advance to ensure their webcam, mic, and speakers are working.
- Computer/Tablet with webcam, microphone, and speakers and internet connection
- Or smart phone with camera
The Zoom app should be installed on the computer/tablet or smart phone. Download the software at https://zoom.us/download/.
Video tutorials are available at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials
HINT: Youth presenters may want to sign-up for a free Zoom.us account to practice at home!
Helpful Zoom.us tips
- Zoom allows for connection through computer/table where audio (mic & speakers) are connected to the computer. Zoom also allows for hybrid connections where the computer/table captures video but one can call-in over traditional phone network for audio. This is useful in situations where the Internet speed/bandwidth is slow; users can have higher quality sound by calling in on a phone but continue to see and share video through their computer/tablet.
- Those who call in through their phone need to press *6 to mute or unmute.
- Those connecting via computer/tablet need to know how to adjust their mic and sound. There are two sets of controls for mic and speaker settings: (1) those in the computer setting itself, and (2) another setting in the zoom meeting room. The zoom meeting room settings are found in the lower left corner of the screen. Make sure the correct microphone and speaker are selected for your device.
About Area 4-H Presentation Days
4-H members may present at a Presentation Day to receive feedback and an award.
- Each county organizes a County 4-H Presentation Day.
- If you receive a Gold award at the county level, you are encouraged to present in an Area 4-H Presentation Day. You may present at ANY Area 4-H Presentation Day (not just the one organized for your Area). You can also present at multiple Area 4-H Presentation Days if you would like to try to improve your score or get more practice.
- If you receive a Gold award at any Area Presentation Day, you may present at the State 4-H Presentation Day.
The 4-H Presentation Manual - Revised October 2016 is the standard guide for all 4-H presentations. The included evaluation forms must be used at all 4-H Presentation Days.
The Area Presentation Days are coordinated by staff and volunteers, supported by the California 4-H Management Board.
Note: To update any of these details, please email Vera at email@example.com.
This map shows all Area Presentation Day events.