4-H Consumer Decision Making Contest Prepared By Roberta O. Rios Extension Agent – Home Economics Rio Arriba County Extension Service
What is CDM? • A judging contest. • Learn how to observe, compare and make decisions based on facts, • to organize thoughts and defend decisions, and • to rank similar products based on standards of quality. 4-H'ers become better consumers.
Who Can Participate? • Novice • Juniors • Seniors • Cloverbuds
What do 4-H’ers judge? Snacks Jeans One Time Use Cameras Credit Cards Athletic Shoes Insect Repellant Cameras Snacks Jeans Repellant Athletic Shoes Credit Cards
How Is Judging Done? • Each class has 4 similar items. • Read the situation statement. • Look over the items carefully. • Take notes (short, simple and easy). • Rank the items 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. • Check the correct placing on placing card. • Contestants have 8 minutes per class.
Placing: 2 – 4 – 3 – 1 Placing 2 – 4 – 3 – 1 2 (write your notes) 2/4 (write notes) 4/3 (write notes) 3 (write notes) 3/1 (write notes) 1 (write notes How To Take Notes… #2 #4 #1 #3
What Are Oral Reasons? • An explanation of why the items are placed first, second, third and fourth. • A judge listens to the reasons and scores on accuracy, information, and delivery. • Time limit = 2 minutes.
Helpful Hints: • Practice aloud. • Use notes for cues, not to read from. • Organize by dividing class into 3 pairs – Top Pair Middle Pair Bottom Pair
Outline for Giving Reasons • State your name or contestant number, name of the class, and how you placed it. “I am contestant number 4a. In this class of toys I placed the Etch-a-Sketch first, the Ball second, the Push Toy third, and the Viewmaster last”. • Present your reasons, beginning with the most important reasons for the top choice first.
Example: a class of toys • “I place number 3, the etch-a-sketch, first because it can be used by an eight-year old who has no brothers or sisters”. • “I place number 3 over number 4, the baseball, because… Remember, judging and reasons are based on a situation statement.
More Helpful Hints… • Use proper terms for that class. • Avoid words like “good”, “nice”, “better”. • Avoid “I like” (personal preference). • Use words that relate to the standards, or the situation. • Reasons should be short and definite. • Remember to….
Stand straight in front of judge. • Make eye contact with judge. • Be neat and clean. • Don’t chew gum, wear cap or hat. • Remember the 2-minute time limit. • Speak loud and clearly. • Pronounce words correctly. • Use comparative terms. • Don’t read your notes.
How To Learn More About CDM • CDM Leader Guide. • CDM Practice Classes. • CDM Study Guides – one per category. • Conduct a judging activity at Club meetings, or project meetings. • If you’re a Junior or Senior, help train Novice or Cloverbud members. • Contact the County Extension Agent.