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Youth Art Month Display PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 11 2017 08:43

 

Abigail K and Mikaila M, both 5th graders from Lincoln Elementary, had artwork on display in Des Moines at Grandview University during the month of March. Both girls and their families attended a Youth Art Month celebration on March 25th. Approximately 200 pieces of student of art from around the state were chose for the display. Abgail's artwork is a pencil drawing of dancer's legs and Mikaila's artwork is a watercolor of piano keys. Congratulations for this honor, Abigail and Mikaila!

 
PreACT Testing for Sophomores PDF Print E-mail
Monday, April 10 2017 10:00

Sophomores, now is the time to prep for the ACT. Testing will be Wednesday, April 12 in room 125 from 1:20-4:20. Sign up in the Counseling Office. Cost is $12.

 
Builders Club Scholarships PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, March 30 2017 09:59

Builder's Club has 2 $500 scholarships for seniors. To apply you must have been a member of Builder's Club in middle school. The deadline is April 7, 2017 and applications must be turned in to Curt Mayer at the middle school.

 

Use the following link to fill out the application.

https://docs.google.com/a/washington.k12.ia.us/document/d/1rHURPuYBlo4R_0e3bssUUSoXNcBN1XAWj0rinozuUnw/edit?usp=sharing

Last Updated on Thursday, March 30 2017 10:02
 
4-H STEM Club Catches the Wind PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 29 2017 14:56

March 28 the 4-H STEM Club hosted their Project Showcase for community members and family members to see what the 26 members had learned and built during their March session “Catch the Wind”. Youth were excited to feature their sail boat and windmill projects.

 

This month they worked as mechanical engineers to ask, plan, design, build, test, and improve both sails and windmill blade systems. After testing several materials on their ability to catch the wind and then how fast their objects could move, they learned the different in design between a sail and a blade. Both doing important work to catch the wind but through different designs.

 

Washington County Extension & 4-H and Lincoln Elementary are partnering together with a sponsorship from Bazooka Farmstar to offer this 4-H STEM Club to any 3rd-5th grade students who wants to experiment more with science, technology, engineering, and math. The next session starts April 11 with a month devoted to coding and robots. March and April sessions are being led by volunteers Liz Goodwin, Julie Timmins and Extension 4-H Staff Amy Green.

 

The April STEM Club is full but similar STEM day camp opportunities will be available in April through Washington County Extension’s summer day camp program Clover University. Contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with any questions about this new STEM Club or how to get involved with other youth science activities.

 

 

Groups were challenged to design and build windmill blades that would catch the wind, move the blades and then lift weight. This group made of Ben K, Taylor M, Aiden R, and Quintyn G made the strongest windmill which lifted 38 washers by the night’s end.

 
4-H STEM Club Catches the Wind PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 20 2017 08:32

The 4-H STEM Club continued their March session “Catch the Wind” March 14 afterschool taking over the Lincoln gymnasium. This month they are learning and working as mechanical engineers to sails and windmill blades to catch the wind.

 

26 participants had a great time finishing the design and building of their sail boat sails. Groups tested their ability to catch the wind and measured/timed the results. They used that material knowledge to then start the design of their windmill blades. The goal is the blades will turn causing the windmill to lift weight.

 

Washington County Extension & 4-H and Lincoln Elementary are partnering together with a sponsorship from Bazooka Farmstar to offer this 4-H STEM Club to any 3rd-5th grade student who wants to experiment more with science, technology, engineering, and math.

 

There is no STEM Club the week of March 20 due to WCSD spring break. A community showcase is planned for March 28 at 4:30 p.m. to showcase what the students have learned and built as mechanical engineers. Any community member is welcome to come learn more from these students and see their recycled racers in action.

 

Similar STEM opportunities will be available this summer through Washington County Extension’s Clover University summer day camps. Registration information available in April. contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with any questions about this new STEM Club or how to get involved with other youth science activities. Follow “Washington County 4-H – Iowa” for more photos and up to date information on youth programs throughout Washington County.

 

Cole V and Drew C designed their sail using a plastic bag with a special support system. Groups were allowed to test their sails and go back to the design board and supply table to make improvements until they met their goal. STEM instructor Julie Timmins timed their results.

 
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