Several 4th & 5th grade students turned into mechanical engineers through the week long science camp Hop To It put on by Washington County Extension at Lincoln Elementary February 8-11
Throughout the camp, students gained a better definition of science terms like engineering and models and they were able to experiment with building. Students worked in groups and individually to design, test and redesign traps that would safely trap invasive species.
"This camp was a great extension to the elementary science curriculum," said 4-H Youth Coordinator, Amy Green. "Our Hop To It camp was a success with some creative and smart students. We look forward to using this material for future camps and classroom extension activities as well."
Green explained that youth seem to have an increased interest in the science areas. The last day of camp, participants completed a survey regarding their experience. 100 percent of the students said they are more interested in science now reported Green. “We have made it a goal through Extension/4-H to work to serve those students.”
Washington County Extension/4-H is working to set their summer camps which will include several special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) camps. For more information on the camp or other science opportunities for youth, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811.
Parents, friends and community members were invited to the Engineering Showcase the last day of camp to see all the models and learning that had taken place. “It was wonderful to see each student had someone there rooting them on and learning about their week at camp,” said Green. Teague Mayer, son of Curt and Jamie Mayer, and Charley Stoutner, son of Pat and Nicole Stoutner, demonstrated to the group their tower from day one of camp.