AMES, Iowa – Alexa Groff has been hired as the new Iowa 4-H Youth Development STEM Program Coordinator and e-learning specialist. In this role, Groff will develop STEM educational experiences for young people, most notably as director of the State Science & Technology Fair of Iowa (SSTFI). In addition, she will specialize in developing educational experiences and programs for youth that are accessible online and through home learning experiences.
The Iowa 4-H STEM programs aim to engage young people through hands-on experiences that connect with their lives and meet their interests. 4-H programming uses hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math to teach problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, and inspire children to explore STEM professions.
“I look forward to increasing the enthusiasm and involvement in STEM for Iowa students,” said Groff. “I have a great passion to help young people innovate through STEM education. The possibilities are endless and the most fun!
Groff holds a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Northwestern College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational studies from Western Illinois University. Groff taught science at Central Decatur High School, West Central Valley High School, and Adair-Casey / Guthrie Center.
Groff has won numerous awards for his achievements in science education. In 2017, she received the national science teacher of the year award. In 2016, she received the Recognition for Teaching Excellence by the Belin-Blank Center. She also won the Pre-Service College Science Education Award in 2011 at the State Science and Technology Fair in Iowa, where she was able to attend the International Science Fair.
Getting involved in science fairs is nothing new to Groff, as she has been involved in it in one way or another for the past 20 years. As a student, she participated in the school’s science fair from 2001 to 2007. She then served on the state board of directors for 13 years as co-chair of the poster committee and of security. As a science teacher, she has brought students to participate in the science fair for the past seven years. In addition, she was director of the Western Regional Science Fair from 2017 to 2021.
For more information on the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program, please contact your county ISU Outreach and Outreach office or visit the Iowa 4-H website at the address www.extension.iastate.edu/4h.
Shareable photo: Alexa Groff.