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State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa Celebrates 66 Years

March 8, 2023, 2:16 pm | Alexa Groff, Sydney Peterson

Junior and senior high-school students from across the state are gearing up to compete for prizes, awards and scholarships during the upcoming State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa on March 30-31. The event is the largest STEM competition for youth in grades 6-12 and will be hosted in person at Iowa State University.

4-H Nutcracker Ballet + STEM Performance Receives 2022 Governor’s STEM Seal of Approval

January 20, 2023, 9:55 am | Sara Nelson, Elizabeth Settles Huffman

The 4-H Nutcracker Ballet + STEM program received the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Seal of Approval in December 2022. This recognition indicates that a program or event officially advances one of the most progressive state STEM initiatives in the country. In 2022 over 2,000 youth registered for the in-person or livestreamed experience.

Iowa Youth Experiment with Growing Crops on the Moon

October 6, 2022, 11:15 am | Maya Hayslett, Elizabeth Settles Huffman

Iowa youth will participate in a global research effort to grow crops on the moon thanks to collaboration between the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, Iowa 4-H and the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management Program. Widens Kids’ Access to Computer Science Education by Awarding $5 Million to National 4-H Council

September 1, 2022, 10:33 am |

With funding from, 4-H will increase the reach of the Computer Science Career Pathways program for students from rural and under-resourced communities who have had minimal computer science education. The new grant will help teach young people through Cooperative Extension’s in-person 4-H programs and online resources.

4-H Youth Participate in Unlock Ag Innovations Challenge

July 15, 2022, 1:41 pm | Maya Hayslett, Elizabeth Settles Huffman

This summer at county fairs and 4-H camps across Iowa, youth are using their critical thinking skills to take part in solving a real-world agriculture challenge through the 2022 4-H Ag Innovators Experience “Unlock Ag Innovations Challenge.”