Clover University Parachute Camp Held

Clover University Parachute Camp Held

 
Seventeen 2nd & 3rd grade campers turned into aerospace engineers through the “Parachute” STEM camp put on by Iowa County 4-H at the Iowa County Extension Office on July 9. 
 
Throughout the camp, students gained a better understanding of science terms like engineering, aerospace, drag, variables, and data. They were able to experiment with the designs of parachutes.  Students worked in groups and individually to design, test and redesign parachutes with the goal to have the slowest drop time.  Campers explored how engineers solve problems and brainstorm to create solutions. 
 
“It is so important that youth learn that science is about being a problem solver and being creative. I love to see how they get excited about tweaking their parachute to improve it for the next drop. We are glad that Iowa County youth feel like science is fun,” says Tricia Stouder, Regional Program Specialist with Iowa 4-H.
 
The “parachute” camp was a part of Clover University. Clover University is a series of STEM camp opportunities that provide campers with hands-on learning experiences focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Clover University was a new initiative for Iowa County 4-H this summer.
 
Leaders for this camp were Paige Dieleman, STEM Camp Coordinator, along with Beth Zuber and Erica Wardenburg, 4-H members.
 
For more information on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) camps, or other science opportunities for youth, contact the Iowa County Extension Office at 319-668-1052.

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