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NW Iowa Youth Technology Team is looking to grow

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Students, grades 8-11, from across Northwest Iowa are applying for the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technology and a leadership role in taking technology back to their communities through a "new" ISU Extension Area 4-H Technology Team.

"We know the importance of science and technology is growing," says Carol Ehlers, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, with Iowa State University Extension. "So we are going to help equip participating youth with the skills they need to enter the 21st-century workplace."

Northwest Iowa Youth grades 8-11 are encouraged to apply until October 31, 2008 for the opportunity to join an area youth technology team. Those selected will participate in hands-on learning workshops incorporating certain technology skills that may range from remote sensors, to digital photography to, food engineering, or robotics and engineering. Ehlers says, "Once the new members have been added to the 12 member team the exact direction will be determined based on the group's interests." "These youth will also share what they are learning through local events in their home communities." She says.

Adult mentors will also be selected to work with the 4-H Tech Team members to learn life skills related to technology and science, discuss ethical issues, identify career opportunities and explore applications in daily life.

The NW Iowa 4-H Technology Team is a "NEW" group of teens and their advisors whose mission is to experience and share educational technology opportunities to NW Iowa 4-H youth at county and area levels. A limited number of youth positions and potentially one adult will be selected to be added to the NW 4-H Tech Team. Other applicants will be reviewed and selected to join local or county efforts that result from having an Area 4-H Technology Team. Youth and adults in Buena Vista and surrounding counties can apply..

To find out more and secure a youth or adult application contact the ISU Extension Buena Vista County Office at: 712-732-5056, or see www.extenstion.iastate.edu/buenavista.

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