Students have STEAM experiences at Extension day camps

Full STEAM Ahead camps wrapped up June 29 with lots of learning and smiles from the campers.

ISU Extension and Outreach – Greene County offered four free STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) programs to 5th through 8th graders in June. STEAM Camps are possible with funds received through Communities 4 Children and Community Partnerships for Protecting Children Neighborhood/Community Network Mini Grants.

STEAM Camp in the Ram Restaurant kitchen

CSI – Crime Scene Investigation campers were led by Jefferson police officer Kyle DeMoss. They explored first-hand law enforcement as a career and what it takes to catch the perp, and they visited the Law Enforcement Center and went through the arrest and booking process. Campers in Kids in the Kitchen took the first step to becoming a master chef, learned nutrition and safety, and prepared delicious dishes. Instructors were Ram Restaurant’s Brandon Gustoff and Delaney Gibson. Jason Smith of Jefferson’s Tech Zone directed Robotics I, with campers engaged in the design and programming of electronic devices including EV3 Lego robots and Spheros. The world of visual communication was explored with Sarah Stotts, GCHS art teacher. At Photography camp, students learned techniques to help them take beautiful pictures.

For more information on youth programming, visit the Extension office at 104 W. Washington St in Jefferson; call 515-386-2138; email at lballard [at] iastate [dot] edu; or visit

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