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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 17, 2017

STEM club builds submersibles

Dec 04, 2017
Club instructor Janet Conrad and students Madison Richardson, Kael Williams, Tyler Alderton and Dirk Rothe watch closely as the submersibles were tested at picking up an item on the ocean floor and returning to the top to float.

The November 4-H after-school STEM Club met for three after-school sessions learning about Ocean Engineering and how to determine the proper mix of volume, mass and density when designing submersibles. The 27 participants ended Take the Plunge STEM Club with a Project Showcase that featured a series of “ocean drops” testing their submersibles. Earlier in STEM Club they used a model sounding stick and ocean bottom to make their own topography maps.

Washington County Extension and 4-H and Lincoln Elementary are partnering together with a sponsorship from Bazooka Farmstar and Premier 1 Supplies to offer this 4-H STEM Club to any third-to fifth-grade student who wants to experiment more with science, technology, engineering, and math.

“Taking the Plunge” is being taught by Janet Conrad with assistants Julie Messer, Nayeli Hernandez, and Daniel Wright with support from Washinsgton County Extesion & Outreach.

Two more STEM Clubs will be offered during February and March. Families should watch for registration to open after the first of the year. Watch for more information or contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811 or amygreen@iastate.edu, with any questions about this STEM Club or how to get involved with other youth science activities as a participant or volunteer.

 

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