AMES, Iowa -- Topics ranging from designing a bridge to rainforests are on the agenda for the 2005 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, June 28-30, on the campus of Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames. Any Iowa teen who has completed 8th through 12th grade this spring may attend; participants need not be 4-H members.
"Conference is a time to meet new people from across Iowa and make friends for a lifetime," Lee Schoof, 2004-2005 State 4-H Council member, said.
The conference theme this year is Get in the Groove. Annual conference registrants may select one of three tracks: the traditional leadership track, Roundup, which focuses on animal science, or CSI: Crops, which emphasizes plant science.
Those who register for the leadership track can choose from workshops on challenge training, art and design, communication skills, glass blowing, conference choir and diversity awareness.
Activities and workshops for Roundup participants include exploring careers, investigating agricultural issues, conducting exploratory labs, producing commodity commercials and participating in the livestock quiz bowl.
Participants in the CSI: Crops track will solve insect, disease, weed and plant growth problems in a plant crime scene investigation. They also will learn about genetically-modified organisms, DNA and global positioning systems.
All participants stay in university dorms and have a chance to experience college life. In addition they attend social activities such as dances, a talent show, a picnic and a formal banquet.
"The State 4-H Council, comprised of teenage 4-H members, takes great pride in planning a conference that is fun and exciting for their peers," Brenda Allen, state 4-H program specialist, said. "They have selected the speakers and set the schedule based on what they enjoy and have learned for themselves. The result is a dynamic conference that teaches the youth life skills."
The $110 registration fee includes meals, housing and workshop expenses. Registration is due to the state 4-H office May 25.To learn more about the 2005 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference contact your ISU Extension county office or visit the Web site http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/StateConference/index.htm.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640,