Morrett honored with Iowa 4-H Visionary Award for helping kids make STEM connections

Ronda Morrett of Chariton is pictured with 2019 Iowa 4-H Visionary Award.

Ronda Morrett of Chariton was honored recently with the 2019 Visionary Award at YouthFest, Iowa 4-H’s annual all-staff conference at Iowa State University.

Each year, two individuals are recognized for developing a programming effort that is new or innovative, demonstrates a new approach, uses a new partner, or reaches a new audience with a relevant, timely subject matter.

Morrett serves as the Lucas County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Youth Outreach Educator and was recognized for her Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Outreach in Lucas County through a partnership with Chariton Schools and her role in coordinating the 2019 Lucas County STEM Festival.

Because of Morrett’s efforts in collaboration with the Chariton Schools STEM educator, 761 Lucas County youth in grades K-5 were able to be reached weekly through STEM School Enrichment Programming in Chariton Schools, totaling between six and eight hours of formal STEM education per child for the year.

In addition, more than 700 youth and their parents/guardians attended the first annual Lucas County STEM Festival on March 28, 2019, at the Chariton Community Center.

Read the December 24, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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