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Young engineers fill library

Feb 07, 2018
4-H STEM Club members Ashton Manz, Ethan Peebler, and Blaine Rees, took notes on how each raisin responded to the changing conditions.  Dissecting the raisins was a favorite part of the night.

4-H STEM Club took over the Lincoln Library afters chool Feb. 6 for the Just Passing Through: Designing Membranes unit. Twenty students gathered to begin their three week study of membranes. They worked to compare membranes to the properties of raisins. They observed and compared dry raisins to three hour soaked raisins to 24 hour soaked to 24 hour soaked raisins with sand. Each group created charts to share their observation results. I This 4-H STEM Club will meet again Feb. 20 and 27 using their bio-engineering skills to create a slow drip membrane.

Washington County Extension & 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. This month’s lessons are being taught by Janet Conrad with assistants Melanie Rothe, Julie Messer and Jenna Messer.

A community showcase is planned for Feb. 27, at 4:30 p.m., to showcase what the students have learned and built in the “Just Passing Through” sessions. Any community member is welcome to come learn more from these students and see their parachutes in action.

The STEM Club for February and March sessions are already full; however, additional STEM daycamps will be offered through Washington County Extension Office this summer titled Clover University. Registration information will be sent to families in April through the schools. 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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