Primghar, Iowa — County Extension Councils from Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Sioux, O’Brien and Clay Counties have provided funding and teamed up with Iowa State University to bring additional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) youth programming to Northwest Iowa libraries.

We talked to Extension Human Sciences Program Coordinator Mackenzie De Jong who told us more about it.


She tells us what they’ll be doing.


DeJong says that the six core lessons include Bridges, Colors, Electricity, Parachutes, Playdough and Pollinators. The interns will also help with and create additional lessons based on the needs of the library and community.

Three Engaged Scholar interns were hired for the summer, with each intern covering two libraries in Northwest Iowa. All of the interns have studied or are studying education at the post-secondary level.

· Kodie Borchers, a Northwestern College graduate and resident of Orange City, will be working at the Hull Public Library and Sanborn Public Library.

· Whitney Jorgensen, also a Northwestern College graduate and an Alton resident, will be spending her summer at the George Public Library and Sibley Public Library.

· Bradi Baske, a Spencer-native and current Iowa State University student, will be serving the Everly Public Library and Milford Public Library.

De Jong says all of the lessons have been tested in other locations and are “kid-approved.”

For a full schedule of summer programming, individuals are encouraged to contact their local library.

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