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Clayton County ISU Extension & Outreach Media Packet for 10/11/18

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM   Roadside, Forest , Aquatic Pest Management CIC   Clayton County Extension Office

Thursday, October 18, 2018

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM   County 4-H Award Interviews   Clayton County Extension Office

Sunday, October 21, 2018

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM   4-H County Council Meeting   Clayton County Extension Office

Monday, October 22, 2018

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM   County 4-H Award Interviews   Edgewood Community Room

Thursday, October 25, 2018

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM   Mosquito and Public Health Pest Management CIC   Clayton County Extension Office

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM   County 4-H Award Interviews   Clayton County Extension Office

Clayton County Extension School Enrichment at Clayton Ridge School

Clayton Ridge Elementary has partnered with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Clayton County in an effort to inspire innovation in the classroom and to help children discover their inner engineer while becoming lifelong STEM learners.

Throughout the month of October, 4th and 5th grade classes have been participating in Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier, an Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum.

Engineering calls for children to apply what they know about science and math—and their learning is enhanced as a result. At the same time, because engineering activities are based on real-world technologies and problems, they help children see how disciplines like math and science are relevant to their lives.

Research suggests that engineering activities help build classroom equity. The engineering design process removes the stigma from failure; instead, failure is an important part of the problem-solving process and a positive way to learn. It is equally important that there’s no single “right” answer in engineering; one problem can have many solutions. When classroom instruction includes engineering, all students can see themselves as successful.

Hands-on, project-based learning is the essence of engineering. As groups of students work together to answer questions like, “How large should I make the canopy of this parachute?” or, “What material should I use for the blades of my windmill?” they collaborate, think critically and creatively, and communicate with one another.

Classroom engineering activities often require students to work in teams where they must collaborate and communicate effectively. In the 21st century, these skills will be critical for career success in any field.

Research also shows that when engineering is part of elementary instruction, students become more aware of the diverse opportunities for engineering, science, and technical careers—and they are more likely to see these careers as options they could choose.

This finding is important at a time when the number of U.S. college students pursuing engineering education is decreasing. Early introduction to engineering can encourage many capable students—but especially girls and minorities—to consider engineering as a career and take the necessary science and math courses in high school.

Finally, consider some of our nation’s most pressing policy issues—energy, healthcare, the environment. Engineering and technological literacy will be critical for all U.S. citizens to make informed decisions in the 21st century.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s K-12 Outreach Program Coordinator, Nate Weber, offers school enrichment youth programming opportunities throughout the school year and educational day camps during the summer months. To enquire more information on youth program opportunities please contact nweber@iastate.edu.

Boots in the Barn Offered Nov. 19 in Dyersville

Program designed for women dairy and beef producers

October 10, 2018, 8:44 am | Jennifer Bentley, Larry Tranel

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will once again offer Boots in the Barn, a program designed for women dairy and beef producers. The program will be held on Nov. 19 from 1-3 p.m. at the community room of the Commercial Club Park, Dyersville.cattle herd grazing.

Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will lead the program, which focuses on family communication. The meeting will also provide opportunities to learn more about attendees’ own personality as well as others, and how it relates to working with both family and non-family members on dairy and beef operations.

Registration for the event can be done online at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/delaware/content/boots-barn-november-19th. For more information contact Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, or Denise Schwab, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, or the ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton, Delaware or Dubuque County offices.

There is no fee for this program, which is sponsored by a Professional Dairy Producers Foundation educational grant.


Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Course Offered Oct. 25

Register before Oct. 18 for fall commercial pesticide applicator training recertification

Elkader, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clayton County office will offer the Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. The program provided by the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) can be seen at office locations across Iowa.

The local attendance site for the Oct. 25 CIC is the Clayton County Extension Office 120 South Main Street Elkader. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Oct. 18 and $45 after Oct. 18. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Holly Loan at the ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County office at 245-1451.

The course will provide continuing instruction credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in categories 7D (Community Insect Management), 8 (Public Health Pest Control), and 10 (Research and Demonstration). The course will cover topics such as: equipment calibration; reduction of off-target/drift of pesticides; and pests, pest management, and pesticides.

Additional information about this and other courses offered through the Pesticide Safety Education Program may be accessed at www.extension.iastate.edu/psep.



Laura Iles, ISU Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, 515-294-1101, ljesse@iastate.edu


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