STEM camps wrapping up for summer


Students begin building structures out of newspaper at the STEM camp held at Woodbury Elementary School on July 21.

The Marshall County Iowa State University Extension STEM camps are wrapping up for the summer as Woodbury Elementary School held its camp the week of July 18-22.

All Marshalltown Community School District elementary schools held a weeklong camp this summer to focus on science, technology, engineering and math. The camps are a partnership between ISU Extension, the Marshalltown Community School District, Marshalltown Regional Partnership, Marshalltown Business Education Alliance, Mid-Iowa Community Action and St. Francis School.

A special guest attended the camp on July 21 at Woodbury – new MCSD Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. That day students were building structures out of newspaper and testing the strength of the structures and planting pumpkin and lettuce seeds in soil in cups.

“The amount of excitement we’ve seen with the kids has been great to see,” said Caleb Carver, Marshall County youth coordinator with ISU Extension. “They’ve had fun.”

Carver said they plan to have STEM camps return to the schools next summer.
“We’ve already started developing the curriculum for next summer,” Carver said.

ISU Extension STEM Festival July 22
Marshall County ISU Extension is hosting a STEM Festival on Friday, July 22 at the Emerson Innovation Center, 301 S. 1st Avenue in Marshalltown. The event is from 1 to 3 p.m., and is free and open to youth of all ages.


Woodbury Principal Anel Garza, right, talks to MCSD Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte at the STEM camp at Woodbury on Jul y 21.