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Teens and 4-H TV Cover the Iowa State Fair

4-H TV a State Fair


AMES, Iowa -- What do you get when you combine a group of technology-savvy 4-H teens, some digital video cameras, a Web site and the Iowa State Fair? You get 4-H TV at the Fair.

4-H TV, www.extension.iastate.edu/e-set/4htv.html, features the Iowa 4-H Technology Team’s vlog (video log) as well as audio interviews and photos of people and activities going on in the 4-H Exhibits Building.

The 4-H Technology Team is a statewide organization of high school age 4-H members who meet online and face-to-face throughout the year to pursue science and technology projects. During State Fair the team assists with many of the technology programs at the 4-H Exhibits Building.

Science, engineering and technology is one of the fastest growing areas of learning in 4-H, said Jay Staker, program director for ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET). Nationwide 4-H hopes to create the next generation of scientists and attract one million new youth into these areas.

The 4-H Exhibits Building will show off some 3,000 exhibits from 4-H’ers around the state. In addition to nearly 600 photography exhibits, there will be a half-scale replica of a Model T Ford truck, a restored Maytag engine, restored furniture and a variety of food and arts projects. Citizenship and leadership projects cover everything from recycling and environmental awareness to barn quilt projects for tourism and economic development.

Science and technology activities also will be offered at the Hands On Center in the 4-H Exhibits Building Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each of the following days:

  • 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

The air-conditioned 4-H Exhibits Building is in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.

In Iowa the 4-H program is administered by Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and headquartered on the university campus in Ames.


Contacts :

Jay Staker, ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET), (515) 294-8417, jstaker@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu