Rachel Pietsch
4-H Youth Development

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The Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge invited youth from across Iowa to show their robot designing and programming skills during the 2016 Iowa State Fair.

Iowa 4-H gives young people all kinds of opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering and math – including behind the scenes of NASCAR racing.This summer youth from Clay, Jasper, Marshall, Polk, Story and Winneshiek counties got an inside view of NASCAR during a special 4-H STEM event at the Iowa Speedway.

Forty-two Iowa youth are beginning their new terms as State 4-H Council members. They were inducted during the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference on June 30. These young leaders will serve as ambassadors for the 4-H Youth Development program throughout the state and in their local counties.

Fifty-one Iowa 4-H’ers have received 2016 state 4-H project awards. These 4-H youth are recognized as the top winners in their project areas across the state. The awards are given to youth who have exhibited mastery, leadership, communication and service in a specific project area.

A skilled Iowa 4-H robotics team was invited to showcase their award winning robotics demonstration at the Iowa State Capitol in May. They’d accepted an invitation from Iowa’s Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a proponent of STEM education and co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council in Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach welcomes Eric Savage as the new east field team lead for the 4-H Youth Development program. He begins the position July 5 and will be housed in the Clinton County office.