Spring Break Youth Programming a Hit!

Mary Greeley Medical Center Paramedics demonstrate CPR and choking
Winging It! Day Camp @ McFarland Park

Eighteen participants enjoyed the Winging It day camp that was held March 12 at the Story County Conservation Center and planned in partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach – Story County.  Participants discovered wing spans of birds, learned the importance of feathers, and tested the strength of eggs.  They also learned about the migration journey, dissected owl pellets, hiked outdoors to watch birds with binoculars and had a visit from Harvey, a Great Horned Owl!

STEM Learning at the Nevada Library

In total, over 80 youth and adults visited the STEM Petting Zoo held March 13 at the Nevada Public Library in partnership with ISU Extension & Outreach – Story County.  Participants explored circuit bending littleBits to make sounds, observed a 3D printer, and took a virtual roller coaster tour of the Iowa State University campus.  It was a great opportunity for all ages to explore STEM and think about how the experiences are created as well as skills used in STEM, like critical thinking and communication, to solve problems. 

Babysitting Basics

On March 15, twenty-eight youth in fifth and sixth grades completed the Babysitting Basics Program offered by ISU Extension and Outreach - Story County.  Program partner Mary Greeley Medical Center provided First Aid, CPR and choking information to students so they have a better understanding of the steps to take in an medical emergency.  The Colo Fire Department, also a program partner, provided information on fire safety and how to be safe in severe weather.  Additionally students learned from ISU Extension and Outreach about the business of babysitting along with the ages and stages of youth and had the opportunity to learn about infant care directly from a parent visit.  The Babysitting Basics Program helps students prepare to be responsible, safe, and caring babysitters in their communities. 

On Their Own and Okay

Ten youth participated in the On Their Own and Okay program March 16 offered by ISU Extension and Outreach – Story County.  Through activities and conversation youth discussed the importance of family rules, explored ways they might fill their time while on their own, recognized steps to take be safe when home on their own for a short time, and what to do in case of an emergency.  Participants prepared a simple lunch and a pudding parfait snack to share with their adult at the end of the program.  This provided additional time for the student to share with their adult about their day and continue the conversation about being on their own safely for a short time. 

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