Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Region 8 hosted day camps for first-third-graders in Boone, Hardin, Marshall and Story counties.
These day camps were each three hours in length and were held at each of the county's extension offices throughout the first two weeks of June. Participants enjoyed activities reflecting the importance of physical activity, exploration of the five senses, healthy snack preparation and examination of the differences in fruit seeds. Supplies for the day camps were funded in part by the PEERS (Partnership for Engineering Educational Resources for Schools) program through the governor's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Scale-Up Initiative for which the region received funding.
Annette Brown, Region 8 4-H youth development specialist, and AmeriCorps member Elise Fiscus coordinated the event. Extension's summer intern Kayla Blocker and Elise Fiscus directed each of the day camps.
Hardin County first-third-graders watch as AmeriCorps member Elise Fiscus leads a seed discovery activity at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Healthy Kids Day Camp held at the Hardin County Extension Office June 7. Youth learned about healthy eating, physical activity and exploring the five senses.
To learn more about local STEM programming through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, visit the Hardin County Extension Office or webpage, www.extension.iastate.edu/hardin/4h.