Our Story Videos

Our Story: Latinos Living Well

A little exercise, a little cooking, some education about diabetes and a lot of fun: That’s the recipe for “Latinos Living Well,” a research and community based program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach that leads to behavior change.

Our Story: Small Talk for Early Literacy

Yes, you can read to babies. Through “Small Talk,” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Ames Public Library and Raising Readers in Story County are helping parents build literacy skills in very young children.

Our Story: Gardening for Food Pantries

Start with an idea: grow fresh produce for donation to food pantries. Mix together ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition education, Master Gardeners and ISU Research and Demonstration Farms. The goal: More than 10,000 pounds of food for Iowans in need.

Our Story: Hands on Hyperstream Tech Clubs

4-H youth are trying robotics, game design and multimedia in Hyperstream, a STEM Scale-Up program. ISU Extension and Outreach offers Hyperstream tech clubs to engage young people and excite them about careers in STEM.

Our Story: Women Managing Cattle

Women Managing Cattle is a program for farm women to meet, share their experiences in the cattle industry, and learn from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists. Women are important in agriculture, and the cattle business is no different. The Women Managing Cattle program hopes to build relationships and educate women in the cattle business by focusing on cost of production, marketing strategies and production systems. 

Our Story: Intertwine - Yarn Bomb a Building, Engage a Community

People from 14 states contributed handmade squares to “yarn bomb” an Ames building. ISU Extension and Outreach specialist Jennifer Drinkwater explains the result: Intertwine, public art that engages Iowans.

Our Story: Buy Eat Live Healthy

Through nutrition education programs from ISU Extension and Outreach, Iowa families learn how to budget their food dollars, save time and money by planning meals, and make wise food choices to stay healthy.

Our Story: County Extension Councils

Extension council members are elected officials and are responsible for being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. They manage the county extension budget, hire county staff and help select educational programming from ISU Extension and Outreach.

Our Story: ‘Juntos’ for a Better Education

The Juntos program brings together families, school staff and community partners to help Latino youth successfully complete high school and explore opportunities for higher education.

Our Story: 'Cook This!' for Healthy Living

“Cook This!” is part of 4-H healthy living education from ISU Extension and Outreach. Youth develop nutrition knowledge and culinary skills through hands-on activities as they taste and prepare new flavors.

Our Story: Financial Literacy Education

When Iowa students build financial literacy skills, they’re better prepared to make wise financial decisions for their future in an increasingly complex world.

Our Story: Beginning and Young Livestock Producer Network

ISU Extension and Outreach has organized these groups of young Iowans so they can connect with each other to be successful in agriculture.

Our Story: Strengthening Families Program 10-14

Parents learn to be better parents, kids learn to resist peer pressure and together they learn to better communicate as a family through the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 from ISU Extension and Outreach.

Our Story: Sustainable Centerville

Centerville, Iowa, residents are making an in-depth economic assessment of their financial, social, and environmental well-being for long-term success through a joint effort of CIRAS and the Community and Economic Development program of ISU Extension and Outreach.

Our Story: Hagie Manufacturing

Hagie’s long-term partnership with the Center for Industrial Research and Service, part of ISU Extension and Outreach, has been a key factor in the company’s success.

Our Story: Mad Scientist Day Camp

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs for K-12 youth build on the legacy of 4-H youth development and include a strong focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. 

Our Story: Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise

The Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise Program — known as LIFE — introduces older adults to exergaming, video games that integrate game play with physical activity.

Our Story: Drought Response in Iowa

When drought conditions cause concern, ISU Extension and Outreach anticipates Iowans’ needs for their farms, families, businesses and communities, as shown in this video about our 2012 drought response.
 

Our Story: Immersion in Wellness

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs for health and well-being are designed to help Iowa become the healthiest state in the nation. During summer 2012, some campers at the Iowa 4-H Center experienced Immersion in Wellness. Iowa State faculty in food science and human nutrition are conducting this new research study targeted toward lowering childhood obesity. The study is receiving funding from the Wellmark Foundation Healthy Communities Grant Program. Participating youth were immersed in nutrition education, gardening, culinary skills, physical activity, and a health-promoting environment.

Anticipating Issues: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

ISU Extension and Outreach has worked with the aging population off and on over the years, but the emerging issue … is working with the caregiver population.

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