Iowa State University will serve as the north central hub for the new Governor's STEM Advisory Council. The goal of the six regional hubs is to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and economic development across Iowa.
Youth can register now for the third annual Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the 2012 Iowa State Fair. The junior division (grades 5-8) will participate on Friday, Aug. 10 and the senior division (grades 9-12) will participate Saturday, Aug. 11.
Teams of fifth through 12th grade youth can register now for the third annual Cook This! 4-H Culinary Challenge at the 2012 Iowa State Fair. During the challenge, youth have the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity in food preparation and knowledge of kitchen equipment, menu preparation and identification of various food Items.
Students and teachers are celebrating the end of another school year, but time away from the classroom can have a negative impact on children’s academic progress. While some children are able to maintain school learning during the summer, others can take weeks or even months to recover from summer learning loss when they go back to school in the fall.
Spring is in the air, which also brings nesting time for Iowa’s songbirds. While many homeowners enjoy seeing and feeding the birds, it can be disconcerting for homeowners who have birds fly into glass doors or windows again and again. An Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist offers suggestions for dealing with this problem.
Anyone who is involved with the rental market for Iowa farmland knows that rental rates have been pushed significantly higher by the favorable corn and soybean prices that farmers have enjoyed since 2010. This trend continued in 2012.
Communities and youth across the state have benefitted from Reach Out Iowa, a program that empowers youth to make a difference in their communities. This year, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism, named Kayla De Weerd, 14, of Hull, and Hannah Jorgensen, 13, of Adair, Iowa’s top two youth volunteers for 2012. Both De Weerd and Jorgensen were part of their local 4-H clubs, and are completing their projects with Reach Out Iowa.
A three-day, three-state beef production bus tour is planned for July 16-18. Joe Sellers, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, is working with agribusinesses to plan and host the trip through southern Iowa, northern Missouri and southern Illinois.
Proper care of roses from planting through pruning will show them off to their best advantage. To confront insect and disease problems in roses, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists say to correctly identify the pest and use appropriate control measures.