The 4-H HyperStream club comprised of members from Boone and Story Counties took a tour of Global Reach in Ames on April 11. The HyperStream club focuses on technology. Some members have been learning about game design using the Alice program. Other members have been focusing on using the Lego Mindstorms NXT materials to create and program a robot. A third component of HyperStream is using multimedia which includes web design, animation, photography, photo editing and more. The field trip to Global Reach introduced members to how technology is used in creating web designs. Youth learned about how staff work with clients to design and manage sites to fit their needs, the types of programs they use and what skills and education are needed for the various jobs at Global Reach.
This new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H club was made possible by financial support from one of Governor Branstad's Scale Up STEM programs to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for youth. HyperStream is a partnership between business and education for 6th -12th graders created by the Technology Association of Iowa (TIA). HarrisVaccines is the ambassador company working with the Boone/Story 4-H HyperStream club. The ambassadors provide the educational component and 4-H Extension provides organizational support.
For more information about HyperStream or other 4-H clubs, contact Annette Brown, 4-H Youth Development Program Specialist, at 515-432-3882 or visit the Iowa 4-H webpage http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/.