Educational Presentations and Public Speaking

Educational Presentations & Public Speaking

Dallas County Contest:

March 2018




1:30 PM Contestant Check-in Begins
2:00  Contestants in Place/Orientation
Judging Begins Following Orientation
Awards Presentations at Conclusion of Presentations

Registration.  Each participating member is required to register using the form below.  Registration will begin on February 1 and close at midnight Monday, February 27, 2017.

Participation. Participants must be active 4-H members enrolled in Texas 4-H and Youth Development in Dallas County and be eligible to compete according to UIL rules.  Who advances to District?

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 club. Each club may enter an unlimited number of teams/individuals per age division listed above.

Equipment. Participants are required to bring their own equipment (props, easels, personal computer, visual aids, extension cords, projector, etc.). Screens/blank walls are available at the office. 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, 2nd, 3rd, and participant 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 Brittany Martin at at least 2 weeks prior to the program.

Live Animals.  Live animals will NOT be allowed.

Resource Link.


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 must 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.

Category Descriptions

BEEF 4-H members will give an educational presentation on all aspects of the U.S. beef industry. Suggested presentation topics:

  • Reproductive technologies
  • Nutritional management
  • Health
  • Breeding and genetic considerations
  • Behavior
  • Beef carcasses and end-products
  • Production costs
  • General management aspects
  • Cattle marketing

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:

  • Why do your clothes say made in _________?
  • Can we shop made in the U.S.?
  • Merchandising and marketing
  • Design and business
  • Cost vs. quality
  • New fabric developments and finishes
  • Designing or sewing for special needs
  • Texas fibers
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 not allowed.
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:

  • Increasing physical activity
  • Tobacco prevention
  • Alcohol prevention
  • Sun safety
  • Preventing the spread of the cold and flu
  • Sleep
  • Reducing stress
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:

  • Agronomy/crop production
  • Farm and ranch economics
  • Horticulture
  • Meat science
  • Shooting sports related fields
  • Other ANR field of study
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:

  • Consumer life skills
  • Food and nutrition
  • Housing and home environment
  • Other FCS field of study

*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:

  • Encourage 4-H members to develop promotion and marketing skills as they market and interpret 4-H through various types of media and presentations.
  • Increase the promotion of 4-H to non-4-H audiences in Texas.
  • Increase the number of people who join and support the 4-H program.

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:

  • Drinking and driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Personal safety
  • ATV safety
  • Agri-terrorism
  • General farm safety
  • Pesticide safety
  • Natural disasters (flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, etc.)
  • Hunter safety education
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:

  • Embryo transfer in sheep and goats
  • Scrapie in sheep and goats
  • The future of hair sheep
  • Internal parasite management in sheep and goats
  • Objective measure of wool and mohair
  • Institutional meat purchase specification (IMPS) for goat meat


Public Speaking

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. Suggested presentation topics:

  • Current events
  • Youth issues
  • Other topics related to youth

Topic resources:

  • Print media (e.g. newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals)
  • Broadcast media (e.g. television, cable, radio)
  • E-media (email, internet, websites)

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Educational Presentation/Public Speaking Registration

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