Afterschool STEM Program Kicks Off September 28th in Montgomery Co.


September 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with ISU Extension in Montgomery County report an afterschool STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering & Math) program held on Wednesday early outs at the Montgomery County Family YMCA for students in 4th through 6th grade, starting on September 28th. The afterschool program will run for six consecutive weeks. Youth do not have to be a member of the YMCA to participate. The afterschool STEM program will be coordinated by ISU Extension and Outreach Montgomery County in partnership with Montgomery County Family YMCA, Anderson Conservation Center, Southwest Iowa STEM Hub and Johnson Controls, INC.

Chelsea Cousins, Program Coordinator at ISU Extension and Outreach Montgomery County, says “Youth will engage in hands-on experiments about science, technology, engineering and math as they relate to real world topics. Activities will vary each week including strawberry DNA extracting, building rockets, and understanding the impact of pollution and recycling – just to name a few.”

Youth may register for the afterschool program by contacting the Extension office at 712-623-2592. The program is funded by a Blue Sky Grant from Johnson Controls, Inc. and the collaborative efforts of each partner. For more information, please contact ISU Extension and Outreach Montgomery County at 712-623-2592 or 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2, Red Oak, IA.