FLEx Forward Learning Experience

Forward Learning Experience (FLEx)

4-H STEM programs work to engage youth through hands-on experiences that connect to their lives and respond to their interests. 4-H programs use hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math to teach problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, and inspire kids to explore STEM professions.

FLEx is a mobile learning program for advanced design technology benefiting 3rd through 12th students and beyond in a 21st century paradigm. Structured around STEM, design thinking, 21st Century skills, and University Constructs (4 C’s), this environment extends distant educational offerings by delivering full-scale augmented and virtual visualization, digital to real prototyping, circuit bending and visual programming.

As an Iowa State design outreach program for Iowans, the FLEx can visit classrooms, schools, libraries, science and art centers, educational conferences and other community events throughout the state. Programs can be offered inside or outside, weather permitting, to best complement the learning environment and event.

FLEx program opportunities:

  • Interactive Virtual Reality
  • 3D Printing
  • Augmented Reality
  • Immersive visualization with Oculus Rift
  • Circuit Bending with Little Bits

We are excited for the Forward Learning Experience (FLEx) to continue partnering with Iowa 4-H Youth Development in delivering FLEx programming across the state. For more information, please contact Pete Evans (pmevans@iastate.edu) or Emma Freel (emrose@iastate.edu).

The FLEx is a collaborative design outreach program between the College of Design, the College of Engineering and Iowa State Extension and Outreach. FLEx is partnering with Iowa 4-H for youth development and educational outreach.

Emma Freel


Pete Evans