Extension News

Iowa to Select Five Youth for National 4-H Tech Conference

3/31/2006

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa 4-H will use part of a $10,000 grant from Rockwell-Collins to send five youth to the National Youth Technology Leadership Conference July 24-27 in Lincoln, Neb.

The five youth, to be selected after April 10, will be part of a plan to expand science, engineering and technology in existing 4-H clubs and to create new special interest clubs.
 
Those who would like to attend the technology leadership conference should contact their county office of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension to apply, according to Jay Staker, program director of Extension - Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET). Grant funds will pay registration for five youth and one adult chaperone. E-SET will provide transportation from Ames.
 
Receiving the grant helps ISU Extension support science, engineering and technology clubs, Staker said. “This will allow a greater number of youth with this special interest to see a place for themselves in 4-H and a way for continued participation in 4-H programs.” 

When the five youth return from the national conference, they will be key to setting up grant-funded teams in ISU Extension areas across the state. Serving on area teams will allow youth to develop skills and leadership that enable them to help bring science and technology into county and club programs.

The science, engineering and technology (SET) teams also will open up a new demographic of 4-H volunteers, Staker said. “We look forward to having more volunteers from an SET background.”
 
National 4-H has set a mandate for the expansion of science, engineering and technology in 4-H programs, Staker said. “We are thankful to receive this grant that enables Iowa to respond by providing new and exciting opportunities for youth.”
 
Find out more about the national technology conference at http://4hntc.4-h.org/.

4-H is a community of young people across America and around the world who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

Rockwell-Collins is a communication systems company with several U.S. locations, including Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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Contacts :

Jay Staker, Youth Campus Director, (515) 294-8417, jstaker@iastate.edu

Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu