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News Release

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4-H Host 3-D Fabrication & Entrepreneur Camp in Hillsboro

June 7-9, University of Illinois Extension and Montgomery County 4-H hosted and innovative technology camp for youths called “Maker Monkeys” 3-D Fabrication and Entrepreneur Camp at the Extension office in Hillsboro. The Maker Monkeys Entrepreneur Camps are for youth grades 6-9 and combined entrepreneurship and digital fabrication.  Kids learned how to create a business, designing a product using Computer Aided Design (CAD), market their product and print a prototype of their idea using 3-D printers. At the end of the camp each participant was able to take home their printed product.

“3-D technology represents the future of entrepreneurship and innovation, and this camp provides local youth with a valuable opportunity to participate in the creative process from start to finish using the latest in technology.” says Elisha Hughes, Montgomery County 4-H Program Coordinator. She adds “It’s our hope that this camp inspires the next generation of inventors, engineers, and entrepreneurs.”

Participants and the name of the product they invented are as follows: Chase Konrad, Plastic Sound; Bryton Hart & Connor Seelbach, 4-H Phone Bros; Jordan Vancil & Micheal Quance, M & J; Addison Pollard & Reese Morfrod, Cubs Holder; Tucker Beesley, Quickholder; Braden Eickhoff, Phone Friend; Amanda Seelbach  & Justine Seelbach, Color Block; Emily Maguire & Emma Hughes, Standaphone; and Mia Sherer, Derf.

The Maker Monkey camp was coordinated by Elisha Hughes, Montgomery County 4-H Coordinator and Will Shalter, Montgomery County Community and Economic Development Coordinator. Participants were assisted by Mary Fuller, and 4-H Teens as Teachers Gabe Dudeck of Fillmore, Alex Miller of Hillsboro, and Oliver Wright of Hillsboro. The 4-H Teens as Teachers program is sponsored by the Illinonis 4-H Foundation.

A second Maker Monkey camp is being held July 26-28, from 9:00 a.m -3:00 p.m. at Fusion in Litchfield. Those interested in attending may register online at:   For more information about 4-H in Montgomery County, please contact Elisha Hughes, 4-H Program Coordinator, at the Extension office in Hillsboro by phone 217-532-3941, or email at, or online at: or your local Extension office. 

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.


 PICTURE CAPTION: Emma Hughes (left) and Emily Maguire (right) show off their invention the “Standaphone” to Rex Brown President and CEO of Hillsboro Area Hospital.

Local Contact: Elisha Hughes, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development,