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Students Learn Nutrition and Gardening Skills, Provide Fresh Produce for Local Schools

Students Learn Nutrition and Gardening Skills, Provide Fresh Produce for Local Schools

Third and fourth grade students at three schools in Saline, Pope and Hardin counties in Illinois were treated to a great garden adventure this past school year that continues to provide benefits to their schools and communities, thanks to University of Illinois Extension.

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New and Improved Resources Available for Incubation and Embryology Program

New and Improved Resources Available for Incubation and Embryology Program

A team of Illinois Extension specialists recently collaborated to update the popular Incubation and Embryology program to better serve teachers and Extension staff in Illinois. The University of Illinois Extension Incubation and Embryology program provides training for teachers grades K-12 to incorporate an incubation and embryology unit into their classroom curriculum.

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4-H Cultivating the Olympic Spirit

4-H Cultivating the Olympic Spirit

While athletes from all around the world competed in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, over 90 youth participated in their own Olympic games in the Scott Air Force Base Youth Winter Games. The SAFB Youth Winter Games followed the progress of the International Winter Olympic competition as youth learned about the history and events of the Winter Olympics, the science and mathematics behind athletic competition, culture of countries participating, cooperation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. 

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Lake and McHenry County Teens as Teachers

Lake and McHenry County Teens as Teachers

The Lake and McHenry County Teens as Teachers is a new leadership development initiative that empowers teens to become skilled teachers and leaders. Throughout the program, teens will experience hands-on training sessions and lead at least 6 sessions of 4-H programming for younger children. Lake County teens taught the Health Rocks Day Camp from June 16-18 in Grayslake while the McHenry County participants instructed the Cloverbud Day Camp in McHenry County June 17-19 at the fairgrounds. Learn more...

Spanish Language Programming for Hispanic Farmers

Spanish Language Programming for Hispanic Farmers

Since the 2007 USDA Census of Agriculture, the number of Hispanic farmers in Illinois increased by 46 percent (USDA, 2014). With this rising interest in small farming and scarcity of materials available in Spanish, the Lake and McHenry County Extension Unit developed educational resources and seminars in Spanish to support the growing population of Hispanic farmers in Illinois. Learn more...

4-H Library Investigators Solve Crimes with Science

4-H Library Investigators Solve Crimes with Science

On May 9, 2014, a group of 12 middle school investigators solved their final case. For six weeks, students from six Waukegan area middle schools solved three crime scenarios and conducted numerous experiments as "Library Investigators" at the Waukegan Public Library. The Library Investigators met once a week for six weeks, and conducted three different experiments each meeting to help identify the culprit of the crime scenario. Every two weeks the crime scenario changed and the students were faced with new suspects and challenges. Each session involved hands-on learning by Learn more...

“Is There an App for That?” Free U of I Extension Apps

“Is There an App for That?” Free U of I Extension Apps

For 100 years, Illinois Extension has served communities throughout Illinois by providing practical, research-based resources to improve the lives of residents. With the prevalence and accessibility of smart phones and tablets today, Extension has developed a series of free apps that offer valuable information on gardening, nutrition, nitrogen application, and more. University of Illinois Extension apps place Extension information at the touch of a screen anywhere and anytime, making Illinois Extension resources more convenient and accessible than ever before. Learn more...

Yellowjacket Vegetable Gardening

Yellowjacket Vegetable Gardening

Over 50 5th and 6th grade students at Riverview Grade School in Woodford County worked during the winter and spring to sprout vegetables (18 flats) in the classroom. Students participated in the Junior Master Gardener Lessons at least once a week. Master Gardeners came to the classroom for lessons every other week from February through May. After planting the seeds and starting the plants students designed, built, and installed the raised garden beds. They built and installed eight-four foot by foot beds... Learn more...

Summer activity to spark interest in agriculture and science

Summer activity to spark interest in agriculture and science

Dozens of local youth have discovered a way to combine summer fun with learning. They will participate in an interactive activity that challenges youth to use critical thinking and science skills to address an agriculture problem. Learn more...

Quad Cities Fast Pitch Contest Promotes Innovation and Economic Development

Quad Cities Fast Pitch Contest Promotes Innovation and Economic Development

On April 5, local entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs participated in the first annual Quad Cities Fast Pitch Entrepreneurial Contest. Forty-three entrepreneurs submitted applications to participate in the Quad Cities event, with 20 advancing to the semi-final rounds in four categories. Learn more...

Drones give farmers eyes in the sky to check on crop progress

Drones give farmers eyes in the sky to check on crop progress

This growing season, crop researchers at the University of Illinois are experimenting with the use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – on the university’s South Farms. Dennis Bowman, a crop sciences educator with U. of I. Extension, is using two drones to take aerial pictures of crops growing in research plots on the farms. Learn more...

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