Over 3,200 static 4-H exhibits created by 2,372 youth exhibitors were displayed in the Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building at the 2023 Iowa State Fair. Youth showcased cumulative learning projects in agriculture and natural resources; food and nutrition; home improvement; consumer management; child development; science, engineering and technology; visual arts; photography; personal development; clothing and fashion; and sewing and needle arts.
The International Harvester Collector’s Club Award Program recognized Iowa 4-H members for their state fair project achievements on Aug. 13 at the Iowa State Fair. Iowa State Fair 4-H participants with exhibits associated with the International Harvester brand family qualified for this additional award.
A team of Chariton elementary-school students' report was selected to be featured in the 2023-2024 Plant the Moon Challenge closing online symposium seen by groups from around the world. Iowa 4-H Youth Development and partners supported 22 youth teams to participate in this year's challenge.
Thirteen Iowa youth – future leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – embarked on an exhilarating adventure as part of STEM in Motion, an innovative 4-H Youth Development program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
More than 72,000 youth experienced the joy of reading during Read Across Iowa. This year’s events, with the theme Agriculture Connects Us All, reached all 99 counties in the state.
Iowa teachers recently completed Educator Astro Camp training offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and are ready to host camps across the state this summer.
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.
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 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.
This year, 24 youth from across Iowa showcased their innovative ideas during InventSTEM at the Iowa State Fair. This Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development program encourages youth to engage in the innovation process to solve real-world problems.