Lincoln: "A Long Way Down"- Engineering Camp Starts Print

The 4th & 5th grade "A Long Way Down" science camp started on Tuesday with great success. Students gather this week to learn, experiment and think as aerospace engineers with ways to design parachutes. The Washington County Extension partnered with Lincoln Elementary to host this four day after school science camp. They are one of more than 800 schools and community organizations to participate in the STEM scale-up programs during the 2013-2014 school year. Students started the camp brainstorming what engineers do and specific challenge/ goals aerospace engineers might have. Keith Housel, special guest & aerospace engineer, Skyped with the group sharing his experiences working on commercial and military aircraft. He is a graduate of Mid-Prairie High School & an aerospace engineer graduate from Iowa State University. Instructors Nancy Clawson & Julie Timmins are leading the Engineering is Elementary curriculum for aerospace engineering. After the first night of camp Nancy Clawson commented, ā€œIā€™m impressed with how much prior knowledge the kids have on this topic.ā€ Pictured here Chase & Raven work together on a space challenge; doing intricate work with bulky gloves to experience some of the challenges of being in space. Participants will work this week to learn more about the planets, their unique atmosphere and design parachutes to work with some of those strict parameters. For more information on the camp or other science opportunities for youth, contact the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811. (Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability. Picture and article courtesy of Amy Green, 4-H/ Youth Coordinator, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Washington County.)