Victoria Stone


Victoria Stone
Extension Program Assistant
Expertise: Outreach, Mentoring, Embryology, STEM/Maker Spaces, In-School Enrichment
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Extension Program Assistant
Victoria Stone
vstone@umd.edu
Cecil County Extension Office
County Administration Building
200 Chesapeake Blvd.
Suite 1500
Elkton, Maryland 21921
Phone (main): 410 996-5280

Victoria Stone is a native to Cecil County, MD where she currently offers 4-H Youth Development Outreach opportunities. Victoria, provides formal and non formal educators with the opportunity to bring 4-H into the classroom.  Cecil County 4-H School Enrichment offers school teachers  the opportunity to utilize research based curriculum focused on giving youth hands-on experiential learning opportunities in the classroom! 

Education: Cecil College; Associates of the Arts Degree, Early Childhood Education 

                  Liberty University: Bachelors of Science Degree, Family and Consumer Science and Secondary Education

Current areas of focus:

Technology/Maker Spaces: Explore the latest in technology and Making with 4-H!  Youth will work collaboratively using the latest technology in our traveling maker space. The Cecil County  4-H Maker Station is both a physical place, located in the community of Rudy Park in Elkton, MD as well as a theory of thought. The term maker space is used to describe a “place” where making, learning, exploring and sharing  take place using  both the latest technology to no technology at all! 

Activities include:

· 4-H Robotics

· 3D printing

· The OSMO gaming system

· Keva Planks

· Computer Safety and Skills

· Sewing, coding, woodworking, electronics...

Embryology/ Chicks in the Classroom: Gives youth of all ages a hands-on experience in the incubation period and hatching of chickens. The incubation period takes a total of 21 days for the chicks to hatch.  Three pre-incubated eggs will be delivered to the classroom 14 days into the incubation period. Children and teachers care for the eggs until the chicks are ready to hatch. After hatching the chicks may remain in the classroom for a maximum of 3 weeks before being released back to Cecil County 4-H Staff.

Hands-On STEAM: Youth experience STEAM (Science , technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) through engaging, hands-on science experiments.  4-H STEAM works with youth because in capitalizes on youth’s natural curiosity of “Why?”  Youth will have fun through the independence of making their own choices and finding their own way through STEAM.

Activities include

· Steve Spangler Science: Filling a 10 ft. balloon with one breath of air, put a skewer through a balloon,  make a screaming balloon and more!

· Sun safety and understanding wavelengths using beads that change color when exposed to sun

· National 4-H Youth Science Experiments including dissecting baby diapers, creating  brush bots, stomp rockets, and more!

Green Programming and Vermicomposting: The Cecil County 4-H Vermicomposting programs offers youth the opportunity explore a micro-community while learning green practices. Youth will learn about producers, consumers, decomposers while being encouraged to practices green habits in their everyday choices.

 Activities include:

· Developing a worm farm

· Understand how important a worm’s “job” is

· Identify other critters in the bin and harvest castings (Worm Poop!) for  your  garden

· Green practices including MAEOE Green School requirements