Jay Staker
Extension Science, Engineering and Technology

515-294-8417
jstaker@iastate.edu

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Youth can register now for the fifth annual Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the 2014 Iowa State Fair Sunday, Aug. 10, and Monday, Aug. 11. Registration is open until June 30.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa NSF EPSCoR educational character, C6, and accompanying educational package were featured in a joint exhibit at Hilton Concourse, Oct. 4.  The pre-dinner event introduced ISU Foundation Order of the Knoll members and guests to STEM research and educational activities conducted by 4-H Youth Development, ISU Extension and Outreach's youth program.

National 4-H Week is Oct. 6-12 and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is celebrating 4-H youth who make an impact on Iowa communities, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.

Iowa NSF EPSCoR helped heighten awareness of energy topics at this year’s Iowa State Fair. The project contributed to several science, technology, engineering and math activities, giving kids hands-on experience with the carbon cycle, biorenewables, solar cars and wind energy.

Seven students from Iowa attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and two received awards at the May 12-17 event in Phoenix, Ariz. Intel ISEF is part of Society for Science and the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to science education and research.

Judges are needed for the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa and FFA Agriscience Fair. The competitions will be held in Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University on April 5.

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.

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.

From building robots to experimenting with electricity and extracting DNA from bananas, kids and teens explore hands-on, scientific inquiry through 4-H clubs and out-of-school experiences from ISU Extension and Outreach.

The Iowa State 4-H Tech Team and some Tenacious Turtles are part of a new breed of Olympians – those who choose cyber defense, game design and robotics as their competitive venues. The two Iowa 4-H teams were among teens from across the state who recently competed in the IT-Olympics at Iowa State University.