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Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
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Taylorville, IL 62568
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FAX: 217-287-7248
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Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
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Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
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News Release

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

CARLNIVILLE, IL - July 19-21, University of Illinois Extension and Macoupin County 4-H hosted and innovative technology camp for youths called “Maker Monkeys” 3-D Fabrication and Entrepreneur Camp at Macoupin County Extension office in Carlinville. 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 included Jocelyn Wagner, Adam Herring, Mark Utry, Michael Wilton, Logan Simmons, Braylee Gilmore, Jocelyn Mc Farland, and Tyson Hammann.


The Maker Monkey camp was coordinated by Elisha Hughes, Montgomery County 4-H Coordinator and Will Shalter, Montgomery County Community and Economic Development Coordinator.

For more information about 4-H in Macoupin County, please contact Kate Harding, 4-H Program Coordinator, at the Extension office in Carlinville by phone 217-854-9604, 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.





Group Photo:  (back row) Will Shalter, Jocelyn Wagner, Adam Herring, Mark Utry, Michael Wilton, Logan Simmons, Elisha Hughes

Braylee Gilmore, Jocelyn Mc Farland, Tyson Hammann.


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