Daily Archives: June 19, 2015

FREE Science Activities on Youth Day

Community Savings Bank and KDAT presents “Youth Day” at The Linn County Fair next Thursday, June 25th from 9am to 1pm. There are many FREE events and activities for the whole family including education booths, FREE train rides, FREE face painting provide by Parks & Schmidt Orthodontics, Cock-a-doodle Zoo, FREE book giveaways, the Agricultural Educational Display- “Franny the Farmer”, Science Activities and more. 
There will be several items on display including the Central City Fire Truck, Center Point Ambulance, Linn County Sheriff Department with McGruff the Crime Dog, St. Luke’s Helicopter, ISU Conservation Station, “Majic” Show, Big Bear Puppet Show, Center Point Tae Kwon Do demonstrations and more. 
There will be hands on FREE science activities in the Farm Bureau Free Entertainment Tent and Lynn Dunn Memorial Building as well, activities include:
  • Cargill Starch Pool
  • FIRST Robots- FRC & FTC Teams
  • Rockwell Road Show
  • Quaker Oats- miniature display of how they process corn and make different products
  • State Hygienic Lab at The University of Iowa- using bugs and fish to evaluate water quality
  • New Pioneer “Soilmates”- interactive, organic garden and compost education service
  • Green Iowa AmeriCorps
  • KCRG Weather Mobile Lab

 Below we have provided more details on the different Science Activities we will have on hand, check them out and make a note to visit each one on Youth Day!

Cargill Starch Pool



FIRST RobotsFor students aged 6-18, it’s the hardest fun you’ll ever have. For team Mentors, Coaches, and Volunteers, it’s the most rewarding adventure you’ll ever undertake. For Sponsors, it’s the most enlightened investment you could ever make. FIRST is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math.  At the high school level, participants have access to over $12Million in scholarships.

FIRST Robots

Over 750 teams throughout Iowa, and over 400,000 students in >80 countries, you can make friends from around the world.

FIRST Robots

Green Iowa AmeriCorp

Along with the audit/weatherization process, Outreach and Education services help comprise an important part of how Green Iowa AmeriCorps’ volunteer members engage and contribute to their local communities throughout each service term. Outreach activities include a wide variety of pursuits: volunteering time for local causes, to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, to delivering presentations or hosting booths about their services at community events. Whatever the activity, Green Iowa members seek to support the community as well as integrate their services to the best of their ability.

 Green Iowa AmeriCorp

Green Iowa AmeriCorps also seeks to stimulate an environmental consciousness and stewardship in communities by providing educational services free of cost and that are adaptable to any age group or audience.  We visit schools, community groups, conferences, or any other organized event.

New Pioneer’s “Soilmates”

  • New Pioneer’s “Soilmates” is an interactive, organic garden and compost education service for both children and adults that was founded by Education & Outreach Coordinator Scott Koepke.soilmates
  • Following his service in the Peace Corps in Senegal where he taught gardening, Scott developed the Soilmates curricula to focus on five content areas: gardening, composting, soil science, local foods and lifeskills.soilmatesFun, engaging props abound in all Soilmates gatherings: compost corrals, red wiggler worms, seeds, transplants, roots, garden tools, microscopes, living walls, mudshakes, crafts, and a newly-added aquaponics demo.soilmates
  • One of New Pioneer’s primary environmental missions is to stimulate the local production of organic food.  Soilmates’ child-driven focus hopes to advance that mission by growing stronger community roots and sprouting the next generation of gardener and soil lover.

Quaker Oats

  • Brian Drees from Quaker Oats will be at the fair this year as part of the Science Activities. The pictures below Brian is putting on a test milling demonstration and explaining the concept of aspiration, separating light material from heavy material using a column of air.

Quaker Oats Demo FullSizeRender

KCRG Mobile Weather Lab

KCRG Weather Mobile Lab


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