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4-H STEM puts robots on parade

May 01, 2017
In the 4-H after school STEM Club small groups were challenged on the final day to program their robots to perform a synchronized routine. These Dash robots were programmed through the Wonder app. This group made of Kyann Miller, Joe McCleary and Nicholas Charlier who programed their robots to not only move but to spin and talk together.

April 25, the 4-H STEM Club hosted their final Project Showcase for community members and family members to see what the 26 members had learned and experienced with this month’s lessons about computer science. Youth were excited to spend more time with the bee bots and dash robots as well as create a fun presentation for their guests.

Washington County Extension and 4-H partnered together with a sponsorship from Bazooka Farmstar to offer this 4-H STEM Club to any third-to fifth-grade students who want to experiment more with science, technology, engineering, and math. The March and April sessions wereled by volunteers Liz Goodwin, Julie Timmins and Extension 4-H Staff Amy Green.

Since January, through the 4-H Afterschool STEM CLUB, there has been over 450 hours of hands-on science completed in the Lincoln Elementary School Library with students 3rd-5th grade. They have learned about wind energy, mechanical engineering, wheel and axel systems, coding, brain safety, helmet design, team work and problem solving.

STEM Club has concluded for hti syear, but the Washington County Extension’s summer day camp program, Clover University, is taking registrations. The complete listing of 25 camp offerings in five different communities is available at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/washington/news/clover-university-summer-camps-registration-open. Camps are filled on a first come, first serve basis with payment to the Washington County Extension Office.

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | May 01, 2017 23:31

Close-up views of the moon and Jupiter will be featured at an open house at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at Grant O. Gale Observatory on the north edge of the Grinnell College campus.

Robert Cadmus, Breid-McFarland professor of science, professor of physics and director of the observatory, will lead the free, public observation. If the weather is cloudy, the program will consist of computer imaging demonstrations and recorded views through the telescope.

The free, public class will take place in the Grant O. Gale Observatory at 1203 10th Ave., which is adjacent to Les Duke Track.

To receive notification of future observatory open houses, please contact Cadmus.

Grant O. Gale Observatory

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