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This summer, the Iowa 4-H program went through some exciting changes. An Iowa 4-H Pinterest page was created, E-SET merged into STEM and most recently, the Iowa 4-H website was revamped.

Cindy Thompson recently joined the ranks of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a family life/family finance program specialist in northeast Iowa. Thompson will work from the Chickasaw County Extension and Outreach office in New Hampton.

Iowa 4-H and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have begun to develop a greater focus in the area of science, engineering and technology through programs like STEM, GIS mapping and more. One Iowa 4-H’er took his interest in engineering a step further last summer by becoming the youngest intern at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.

Gears, motors and balloons were a highlight during the 2012 Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the Iowa State Fair. Teams from across the state competed in this two-day event at the 4-H Exhibits Building. Award winners have been announced.

Iowa Learning Farms and Wapello County NRCS will co-host a field day near Martinsburg on Friday, Sept. 7, focusing on cover crop management for optimum results as part of the Competine Creek Watershed project. The field day is free and the public is invited to attend. A free lunch will follow the field day program.
 

Eighteen Iowa 4-H members have received $500 Pioneer Community College 4-H scholarships sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. Recipients are from Audubon, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Clayton, Delaware, Franklin, Hancock, Iowa, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lyon, Mitchell, Shelby and Wayne counties.

Three Iowa 4-H members have received Theisen’s Home and Farm 4-H scholarships sponsored by Theisen Supply Inc. Recipients are from Floyd, Jones, and Marion counties.

Four Iowa 4-H members have received $1,000 Orscheln 4-H scholarships sponsored by Orscheln Farm and Home L.L.C. Recipients are from Appanoose, Henry, Linn and Montgomery counties.

Choosing the right grass species is the first step in establishing or reestablishing a lawn. Horticulturalists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about establishing turfgrass.

Lynne Campbell of Grimes will become the first STEM hub manager for the North Central STEM Hub at Iowa State University beginning Sept. 4. Campbell most recently has served as a science consultant in Area Education Agency 267.

Seventeen Iowa 4-H members have received $1,000 Iowa State Fair 4-H Scholarships sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agriculture Advancement. In addition, one 4-H’er has received the $2,000 Iowa State Fair Mark Pearson Memorial Scholarship, also sponsored by IFAA. Recipients are from Boone, Bremer, Butler, Calhoun, Clinton, Des Moines, Franklin, Hardin, Harrison, Jackson, Johnson, Louisa, Madison, O’Brien, Winneshiek and Worth counties.

The Farm Progress Show is known for its extensive array of information and technology for today’s farmers. It is a natural fit for Iowa State University to be integrated into different aspects of the show, including displays in the permanent hoop building and agricultural tours to nearby research projects and facilities. Look for Iowa State banners around the show grounds to locate Iowa State experts and exhibits.

Visitors at the North Grand Farmers' Market in Ames on Saturday, Aug. 25 will get to see the debut of the newest trailer in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Conservation Station fleet. In addition, visitors to the farmers' market will get a preview of the new statewide youth water education campaign " Water Rocks!" that will be launched formally in spring 2013.

The Governor’s STEM Council announced last week the call for applications to participate in the STEM Scale Up programs. School teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals and other organizations delivering STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) educational programs are encouraged to apply online before the Sept. 14 deadline.

Students do better in school when their parents are involved in their learning. In September Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is sponsoring a free, interactive webinar for parents, grandparents and teachers with tips on how to help children and youth be successful learners.

In response to the current drought situation facing Iowa pork producers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine program specialists will host a webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at various locations. The program is free and no preregistration is required

Attend the Taste of Southern Iowa on Sept. 18 in Chariton to get a taste of the wide variety of foods produced in Iowa. Begin the evening with the 5 p.m. social hour, visit with vendors and take part in the buffet dinner from 6 to 8 p.m.

The annual fall field day at the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research Farm will be held on Sept. 6. The program begins at 4:30 p.m. with pasture and grazing topics.

Youth from across Iowa showcased their culinary skill this past weekend at the Iowa State Fair in the “Cook This!” culinary challenge from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development.