Youth Will Tour Big River Resources, Learn about Renewable Fuels during STEM Day

Written by Theresa Rose on August 31, 2015

Middle school youth interested in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) are invited to participate in an interactive, STEM learning day hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Scheduled for Wednesday November 11, the opportunity is open to all 6th-8th graders in Des Moines, Henry, Lee, and Louisa counties. Participants will explore how STEM is responsible for turning the corn grown in Iowa fields into a sustainable, environmentally friendly, and renewable fuel. They will also learn about careers in STEM, Bioenergy, carbon footprints, and much more.

Participants will begin the day with an introduction at 8:00 AM at SCC Campus in West Burlington. Students will then participate in a few experiments, play C6 BioFarm games, and even make their own small batch of bio-fuel before heading to Big River Resources LLC for a private, educational tour of the plant. The day will wrap up at approximately 2:30 PM when participants return to the SCC Campus.

Cost for this one day adventure including transportation to and from Big River Resources, hands on activities, one meal, and T-Shirt is $45.00 for 4-H members and $55.00 for non 4-H members. Students will be responsible for their transportation to and from SCC Campus. Some counties may arrange transportation, please check with your county Extension office.

Non 4-H members will need to complete a Medical Release form and Iowa Code of Ethics form prior to departure. Space is limited and the registration deadline is October 19. For more information please contact the Youth Coordinator at your county ISU Extension and Outreach office.

Lee County: Emily Benjamin – 319.835.5116 or ebenj@iastate.edu http://www.extension.iastate.edu/lee/
Louisa County: Whitney Howell – 319.523.2371 or whowell@iastate.edu http://www.extension.iastate.edu/louisa/
Henry County: Erin Heaton – 319.385.8126 or eheaton@iastate.edu http://www.extension.iastate.edu/henry/
Des Moines County: Mary Steffener – 319.394.9433 of steffene@iastate.edu http://www.extension.iastate.edu/desmoines/