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Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Jo Daviess County
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Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

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650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

Winnebago County
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Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

News Release


University of Illinois Extension - Winnebago County 4-H is teaming up with FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) to compete in their first ever FLL Regional Competition on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

A team of eight (8) 4-H members coached by 4-H volunteer Jeff Briggs will be competing in the FLL Competition to take place on December 16, 2017 at Eisenhower Middle School in Rockford. 4-H members include Nolan Blevins, Austin Briggs, Reid Goss, Cooper Elliott, Owen Johnson, Campbell Russo, Brendon Stratemeyer and Anthony Ferrera, all of Winnebago County.

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is a program that supports youth ages 9-16 in order to introduce them to science and technology in a sporty atmosphere. The basis of FLL is a robotics tournament in a cheerful atmosphere, where kids need to solve a tricky "mission" with the help of a robot. The kids are researching a given topic within a team, they are planning programming and testing an autonomous robot to solve the mission. The FLL Teams take the opportunity to experience all steps of a real product development process: solving a problem under time pressure with insufficient resources and unknown competitors.

Stacy Cwiklo, 4-H Program Coordinator for University of Illinois Extension states, “This atmosphere of learning is very in sync with the positive youth development that 4-H youth learn while enrolled in the 4-H program. Adult volunteers work with 4-H youth to incorporate an acronym called BIG-M, which stands for Belonging, Independence, Generosity, and Mastery into all aspects of positive youth development.”

For more information about the 4-H program in Winnebago County, please contact University of Illinois Extension at (815) 986-4357 or

 4-H – Growing the next generation of leaders.


It’s a great day to join 4-H.

Source: Jackie de Batista, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development,

Local Contact: Stacy Cwiklo, Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development (Winnebago County),