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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Mitchell County held their March meeting of the 4-H Clover Kids Afterschool Program which they learned more about the engineering design process and how to build a sturdy chair.

In this session, Clover Kids were introduced to Iowa’s Largest Rocking Chair found in West Amana. After reading the book Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall, chairs were built and designed for Goldilocks.

Clover Kids learned that the engineering design process can help solve problems and teamwork skills are important. Besides practicing STEM skills, Clover Kids enjoyed eating gorp porridge and made puppets to retell the story through drama.

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Clover Kids, a program for youth in kindergarten through third grade, meets in St. Ansgar and Osage Elementary schools during the months of November through April. Many adult and youth volunteers assist with this program to make it possible.

Clover Kids is open to all youth in the community. If interested in finding out more information about the Clover Kids program and how to get involved, contact Susan Ringhofer, Clover Kids Coordinator, at the Mitchell County Extension office, 315 Main St., Osage, or call 641-732-5574.

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