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News Release

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4-H Host Science Camps in Carlinville

CARLINVILLE, IL - University of Illinois Extension and Macoupin County 4-H recently hosted Jr. & Sr. Science Camps for youth ages 6-9 was held July 12, 13, & 14 at the Macoupin County Extension office in Carlinville, IL. Jr. Science Camp sessions were from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for youth ages 6-9, and Sr. Science Camp sessions were from 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. for youth ages 10-13 each day. 


Beth Groves, University of Illinois Extension staff led the three day camp. Youth participated in hands-on activities and experiments that include chemistry, engineering, forensics and more.  Day one was filled with activities based on flight science. Day two was all about polymers where youth learned about the periodic table of elements and discussed atoms, molecules, and bonds. Day three focused on crime science. Youth worked with microscopes and made their own fingerprint observations. One activity that the students enjoy each year is making “Mentos Geysers” using diet soda and Mentos candies. Participants also received a camp t-shirt that they decorated using a special technique to separate and blend colors.


Macoupin County 4-H offers a wide range of programing for youth. Many programs do not require membership in 4-H to attend. To learn more about 4-H and upcoming programming visit the Macoupin County 4-H website or contact Kate Harding, Macoupin County 4-H Program Coordinator at or by calling 217-854-9604.


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.





0701:  Luke Wolff of Bunker Hill flies his kite he designed during the 4-H Science Camp on July 0751: Dixon Schott of Carlinville works on an experiment during the 4-H Jr. Science Camp.

0782: Elyse Eldred and Riley Owsley of Carlinville working together on their experiment during the 4-H Jr. Science Camp.

0888: Participants of the 4-H Jr. Science Camp at the University of Illinois Extension

(Front)Kiana Garner, Jason Perkins, Piper Rives, Avery Troutwine, Douglas Aikin, Bryce Huff, Elyse Eldred (Back) Zach Smith, Matthew Eldred, Dixon Schott, Caden Boatman, Hank Ahrling, Houston Turley, Charlie Garner, Riley Owsley, Addison Eldred, Payton Harding

0930: Participants of the 4-H Sr. Science Camp at the University of Illinois Extension

Front: Logan Helling, Dominik Kemp, Alex Behme, Amanda Niemann, Luke Wolff, Nick Raney, Kaden Schott (Back) Mark Masinelli, Kylie Cobb, Emily Witt, Carter Lowrance, Jack VanDoren, Owen Turcol, Evelyn Heyen, Allie Helling, and Mason Hunt

Local Contact: Kate Harding, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development,