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New Scientists, New Ideas Are Goals for ISU Extension E-SET Activities at Iowa State Fair


AMES, Iowa – “One million new scientists, one million new ideas” is the goal of national  4-H programs in an effort to attract one million new youth into science, engineering and technology projects in 4-H.

Iowa 4-H’s Extension-Science, Engineering, and Technology (E-SET) and Connecting Learning and Living (CLL) programs are working to help reach that goal as well as help grow Iowa’s 4-H clubs, according to Jay Staker, E-SET program director for Iowa State University Extension and associate director of education for the Iowa Space Grant Consortium.

To help promote Science, Engineering and Technology in 4-H, Staker said E-SET and CLL will have hands-on science activities in the 4-H building at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 7-10 and the ISU Insect Zoo will be there on Aug. 15. Each day will feature different science and engineering activities. Members of the 4-H Youth Technology Team, 4-H State Council, ISU College of Engineering, University of Northern Iowa Center for Environment and Engineering, and 4-H adult volunteers will be assisting with the programs.

Activities will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each of the scheduled days. Planned events include:

  • Thursday, Aug. 7 -- Geospatial Day: GPS Scavenger Hunt, Mapping and Geographic Information System
  • Friday, Aug. 8 -- Cycles in our lives: butterfly life cycle, seed-to-seed cycle, decomposition cycle and the food production cycle
  • Saturday, Aug. 9 -- First LEGO League Robotics with Iowa State University College of Engineering
  • Sunday, Aug. 10 -- Sustainable Energy with the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education
  • Friday, Aug. 15 -- Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo

All of the events will be at the Hands On Center in the air-conditioned  4-H Exhibits Building in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds. Staker said fairgoers are invited to stop by and be an Iowa State Fair scientist or engineer on one of these days.

The Iowa Youth Technology Team also will have an educational display at the 4-H Exhibits Building to help understand the upcoming switch from analog TV to digital TV. Information on the conversion for TV owners will be available. The Youth Technology Team is a statewide organization of high school age 4-H members who meet online and in face-to-face meetings several times a year and assist with many of the technology programs at the Iowa State Fair 4-H Building. The team also is maintaining a site on the World Wide Web during the fair featuring activities at the 4-H Exhibits Building. The Web site address is www.extension.iastate.edu/e-set/4htv.html


Contacts :

Jay Staker, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-8417, jstaker@iastate.edu

Del Marks, Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu