Keota students turn ag engineers through 4-H

Fourth-through-sixth grade Keota students learned and worked as engineers on Tuesday, Nov. 6, through the new after-school STEM Club presented by Washington County Extension/4-H in partnership with Keota Elementary Boosters.

During the month of November, 18 students will turn into engineers through hands-on learning at the “Put a Lid on It” after-school STEM Club. This first week was spent learning what engineers do and students built a tower to solve the long-lived problem of Humpty Dumpty while following closely the specific building constraints and criteria.

Angela Conrad and Tanner Wenger are leading STEM Club using Engineering is Elementary curriculum. In the coming weeks students will focus in as biomechanical engineers and learn about helmets, design, brain function and parts. They will be challenged to create a helmet to protect a mannequin from a five-foot fall.

Washington County Extension and 4-H, Keota Elementary and Keota Elementary Boosters are partnering together to offer this 4-H STEM Club to fourth-through-sixth grade students who want to experiment more with science, technology, engineering and math.

A community showcase is planned for Nov. 27, at 4:30 p.m. to share what the students have learned and built as biomedical engineers. Any community member is welcome to come learn more from these students and see their helmets drop at the Keota Elementary Library

Another STEM Club will be offered in the spring for Keota students. Contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811 or, with any questions about this new STEM Club or how to get involved with other youth science activities.