As the only sister and brother pair on Iowa State University Extension’s 4-H Tech Team, Amy and Kevin Peyton keep up with each other, as well as technology. They’re part of a group of Iowa teens who are dedicated to computers and community service.
Amy is in her first year with the tech team. “I’ve learned a lot of stuff about new technology,” she said. “I really enjoy the atmosphere of the group. It’s a lot of fun and you get to meet new friends from all over.”
Kevin added, “I like learning about things like GPS and GIS technology, and I especially like learning about video editing.”
Each year teens apply for a place on the statewide 4-H Tech Team. The team meets several times throughout the year, learning about technology and working on group projects. Team members describe themselves as “a bunch of fun loving teenagers from all around Iowa” who are serving their communities by contributing their communication and computer skills.
For example, Katelyn Haw, a tech team member and Howard County 4-H’er, organized and implemented a Technology Access Partnership workshop in Cresco. Teens partnered with senior citizens to teach them computer skills one-on-one.
Jay Staker, 4-H Tech Team coordinator and director of Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET), is impressed with the skills these teens bring to their communities. “These kids have so much talent and energy and are always willing to share these skills with others. It’s their team and they provide the leadership. We provide the support and guidance.”
Learn more at the 4-H Tech Team Web site.