Speaker Date Topic
DHS Robotics Club Members Apr 23, 2019
FIRST Tech Robotics Challenge

DRC Sponsor: Kurt DeVore

Our club will be hosting students from the Decorah High School (DHS) Robotics Club. The DHS Robotics Club participates in a program called FIRST Tech Challenge. At the beginning of the year, teams comprised of 7th – 12th grade students from around the world are given an obstacle course scenario. Teams then design, build and program an 18 x 18 x 18 inch robot to compete with against other teams in an attempt to score as many points as possible within that scenario. This year’s robotics competition is called Rover Ruckus, based on the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon. The playing field this season includes two fake moon craters, moon “minerals” and a moon lander that teams can score points with. Both of the High School's Robotics teams were extremely successful in competitions this season and both teams qualified for the first time to participate in the Super Qualifier Event in Sioux City.

Lea Lovelace May 07, 2019
Vesterheim Folk Art School -- Looking Back, Looking Forward

DRC Sponsor: Mark Donhowe

New Director of Folk Art Education, Lea Donhowe Lovelace, will give a short history on how the Vesterheim Folk Art School came to be, discuss some of the current 2019 offerings and share some ideas related to future programming initiatives.

Learning opportunities at the Vesterheim Folk Art School reflect the diversity of Scandinavian folk art traditions with classes in fiber arts, woodworking, rosemaling, food, music, jewelry and wirework, metalworking, and knifemaking. The museum’s vast collection of historic and contemporary folk art objects inspire and inform students' creativity as they learn alongside other makers sharing a passion for folk art.

More information is available via the following link: Vesterheim Folk Art School

Sören Steding May 14, 2019
Sustainability in Europe - Luther College J-Term Study Abroad

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

As part of the Luther College Paideia 450 January Term course of abroad study, a large group of students led by Luther faculty members James Martin-Schramm, Professor of Religion and Sören Steding, Associate Professor of German, traveled to multiple locations in Germany and England to explore the state of environmental sustainability in those regions. Professor Steding will share the experiences he enjoyed during this trip with our club.

Many European nations are significantly ahead of the U.S. in the development of renewable and low-carbon energy sources (wind, solar, biomass, and nuclear power), as well as in the education of citizens about the conservation of nature in the context of climate change. The Paideia 450 course considered long-term ethical and practical issues associated with alternative energy sources and public policies designed to increase their use. The course had a special focus on Germany, the largest economy in Europe, where strong influence by the environmental movement led to a government-mandated phaseout of nuclear power and significant investments in renewable energy sources.

Laree Ann Shouweiler May 21, 2019
The Driftless Yoga Festival

DRC Sponsor: Don Holmertz

Laree Shouweiler, Founder and CEO of Reefuel, LLC in Decorah, will be on hand to share information about Reefuel and the upcoming Driftless Yoga Festival.

The first annual Driftless Yoga Festival invites everyone to solstice in Iowa's iconic Driftless area! Get restored an reinvigorated with three days of movement and flow among Northeast Iowa's unique limestone hills. You may stretch into an elevated yoga experience at Luna Valley Farm, explore the region's incredible mountain bike trails, head out on an inspiring hike, or paddle the Upper Iowa River on your own adventure. Experience optional morning meditation outdoors, explore ayrveda and pranayama, taste local flavors, sample incredible local brews, and set yourself up for a summer you won't forget.

For more information you can visit the Reefuel website using the following link: Reefuel -- Yoga - Cycling - Beyond

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