Loving on our WILC prairie today. Colors and pollinators are popping. Appreciate all the hard work over the past three years that @APEX_GlobalAg team has put into this project. Come take a stroll on our walking path anytime! #nativeprairie #outdooreducation #APEXFamily
Final day of APEX Innovators Camp was an absolute blast! First, we finished forts and shared them. Honestly, I would live in some of the forts, as they were so amazing! Then we did one final parachute challenge and ended with a surprise water balloon fight. The campers were more than happy to throw water balloons at me and the camp counselors! What a week! See ya next summer kids! 😎🤩😴
For day 4 of STEM Camp we worked with medical students from the University of Iowa to learn how to diagnose patients. We also worked with medical equipment to give fellow campers examinations. Then we transitioned to the construction industry by welcoming in Story Construction. Campers were then challenged to design and build forts based on design constraints. We will finish them up tomorrow, but they all look amazing! What a fun day!
A special thank you to the University of Iowa medical team and Story Construction for hanging out with us today!
Day 3 of APEX Innovators Camp: science and technology focus. Not much time to take pics today because time seemed to fly by. Our campers rotated through stations of VR, strawberry DNA extraction, paper airplanes, and a tour of the WILC. Then we finished by assembling foldscopes - real microscopes that the campers took home with them (these things have a 160x magnifier to view specimens)! We were hoping for more time to make and view slides, but a large storm moved in and distracted us a bit 😬⛈ A very special thank you to @tigerlilystem for hanging out with us today!
Day 1 of our APEX Innovators middle school STEM Camp was a success! A special thank you to the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation for coming in and playing with us! We engaged in flower dissection, soybean DNA extraction, and robotics. A common misconception is that agricultural careers are all about farming. We learned today that engineers, architects, scientists, robotics engineers, etc all have a huge home within the Ag industry! @iowaagliteracyfoundation
What an amazing week of camp! We ended with designing a new kind of paper airplane, flying them, and then working with robotics. Doodle Bots are the best! A special thank you to @tigerlilystem for hanging out with us today! We will miss having these amazing kids at the WILC!
Day 1 of our Elementary STEM camp is in the books! Today we began with 2 team building activities and then we learned all about native bees. A special thank you to the Iowa State Native Bee project for coming in to help us understand pollination and for helping us build our very own native bee nests. Tomorrow, we will all be architects and engineers!
What a wonderful day of APEX team building! Our APEX juniors traveled to Camp Dodge to participate in the US Army National Guard’s Leadership Course. We witnessed so many moments of strength, bravery, critical thinking, cooperation, confidence, and encouragement. Way to go APEX Associates! @iowanationalguard