AMES, Iowa--Iowa high school students and senior 4-H’ers interested in information technology have one month left to register for a 2007-2008 IT-Adventure. Registration closes Monday, Nov. 26.
The adventures program takes place outside the school classroom and focuses on three areas — cyber defense, robotics and game design, according to IT-Adventures officials. The core of the program is formation of IT-Clubs in high schools and 4-H IT clubs in counties. Interested 4-H’ers should contact their county office of Iowa State University Extension.
“This is a great way for youth to connect to possible careers in information technology,” said Jay Staker, program coordinator for E-SET (Extension to Science, Engineering and Technology). No previous experience or knowledge of the subject is required for membership.
Each school and 4-H club is paired with a local IT professional who will provide subject-matter expertise. Youth also will gain access to learning materials from ISU and be able to experiment with equipment in an inquiry-based learning environment, according to Doug Jacobson, founder of IT-Adventures.
The capstone event for participants will be an IT-Olympics, a two-day competition April 25-26, 2008, in Hilton Coliseum on the ISU campus. Family members, high school counselors, teachers and the public can watch the students in their quest as well as explore IT career opportunities.
Jacobson, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at ISU, created the program to offset the national downward trend of students pursuing careers in information technology.
“We believe opportunities can be created to foster interest in IT with methods that are fun, engaging and exciting,” Jacobson said. “IT companies have an expanding need for creative thinkers with high adaptability in information technology.”
For more information and to register online, see the Web site, www.it-adventures.org. Also, contact Doug Jacobson, (515) 294-8307, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jay Staker, (515) 294-8417, email@example.com.
Jay Staker, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET), (515) 294-8417,