Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H staff and volunteers participated in the GEAR TECH 21 training September 25- 26 at the Fayette County Extension office. GEAR TECH 21 is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) robotics curriculum that teaches students ages 9-14 about building, programming, testing and using global positioning systems to operate robots. Iowa 4-H is continuing their tradition of focusing programming on career opportunities for their members. According to the United States Department of Commerce STEM workers drive our countries competitiveness. However, U.S. businesses are concerned about the supply and availability of STEM workers. Over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times as fast as growth in non-STEM fields. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy.
Attending were Michele Kelly, Fayette County Youth Coordinator; Kaitlin Hanson, Howard County Youth Coordinator: Sue Pederson, Allamakee County Youth Coordinator; Tammy Muller, Clayton County Youth Coordinator; Joni Brunvold; Winneshiek County Youth Coordinator; Liz Edgington, Dubuque County Youth Coordinator; Andrea Traeger, Grundy County Youth Coordinator; Timothy Steinmeyer, Grundy County Volunteer; Brian Steinmeyer, Grundy County Volunteer; Kendra Crooks, Region 9 Youth Program Specialist; Connie Cunningham, Region 9 4-H Program Specialist; Dan Lane, Region 4 Youth Program Specialist; Jay Cultier, Floyd County volunteer; and Wade Weber, Region 1 Youth Program Specialist
Contact your local Extension and Outreach office if you have further questions about STEM opportunities or if you are interested in volunteering in the 4-H program.