Lincoln Elementary School
Hop To It Engineering Camp Inspires Problem Solvers PDF Print E-mail

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.

FTC Team wins award PDF Print E-mail

The Washington First Tech Challenge (FTC) Team 8022 won the Motivation Award trophy at the February 6 Robotics League Competition in Ottumwa, IA. Our Washington Team made history with this award: It is the first trophy ever won by a Washington First Tech Team! The district congratulates Washington Team 8022 and head coach, Allison Gieswein in this exciting accomplishment!

Hop To It Camp Kicks Off with Ribbit PDF Print E-mail

Several 4th & 5th grade youth spent Monday at Hop To It Engineering Camp hosted by Washington County Extension & 4-H. At this science camp students will learn and experiment ways to safely conquer an invasive species thinking as a mechanical engineer.

4-H Youth Coordinator Amy Green planned the camp using the Engineering is Elementary curriculum and was impressed and entertained with the participants’ creativity even on day one. “After giving a challenge, it was fun to watch them design experiments, test them, collect data and then be challenged to go improve it.”

Parents, friends and community members are invited to attend the Hop To It Project Showcase Thursday, February 11 at 4:35 p.m. at the Lincoln Library to see the many experiments and hear about the learning students had as young engineers.

This Hop To It day camp is similar to other camps which will be offered this summer for youth kindergarten to fifth grade. For more information on the camp or other opportunities for youth, contact Amy at the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811.

Day ones challenge including keeping ‘Ribbit’ safe from alligators invading the small water areas. Youth divided into pairs to make a plan, create, test, and improve a tower to keep him safe. Partners Landon  and Westin tested their tower of power with Ribbit and found they needed more support.

WCHS Student Reps PDF Print E-mail

The Washington County Historical Society welcomes our new student reps, Garrett C. and Zoë K.. They are both 6th graders at Washington Middle School, and will follow the board through their MS career. The WCHS is excited to have their help with activities, ideas that will appeal to their age groups, and growing the membership of the students, Society Kids. Zoë has been involved with the WCHS events for a couple years, and enjoys doing reenactments of Ms. Patsy during Conger House Museum hours. Garrett's 4H group has recently agreed to take on the cleaning of the Red Brick School House also.

Camp Invention PDF Print E-mail

Camp Invention will be hosted at Lincoln Elementary June 6-10, 2016 for kids that will be entering 1st-6th grades next school year.

Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for 1st-6th graders. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Early registration discounts are available. Visit or email Janet Conrad at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Space may be limited so sign up soon!


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