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4-H helps youth add inquiry to STEM

youth with robots

When it comes to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Iowa’s inquiring young minds need to know — so they’re ready for future education and careers. But the first step is getting them to want to know about STEM. ISU Extension and Outreach is helping young Iowans take that first step.

From building robots to experimenting with electricity and extracting DNA from bananas, kids and teens explore hands-on, scientific inquiry through 4-H clubs and out-of-school experiences. Inquiry meets the needs of young learners, because youth learn best when they can “do,” said Jay Staker, director of Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET) youth initiative.

This article appeared in June 2012 -- From Cathann Kress Newsletter