More than 300 Buena Vista County fourth-grade students have been exploring the science and applications of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) this week by learning the basics of using a compass.
The program, which includes teaching students about what information a compass can provide to appropriate applications and limitations of the tool, is being taught with the help of Carol Ehlers, Iowa State University Youth Development Specialist, and Melissa Fahr, Buena Vista County Youth Coordinator.
The skills of navigating with GPS is a new addition to the 2003 AgCiting...Making the Ag Connection session, which will be held May 6-7 at the BV County Fairgrounds and Alta Community Building. Other sessions, which are led by ISU staff and 4-H'ers, will include Old McDonald's Farm, Gate to Plate, Out in Left Field, Groovy Grains, The Big Machines, and Exploring Animals.
In its fifth year of existence, AgCiting...Making the Ag Connection is funded in part by the Buena Vista County Iowa State University Extension, Ag Partners, the BV Farm Bureau and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. For more information, contact county ISU Extension education director Rhonda Christensen at 712-732-5056.