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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

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Youth Build a Helping Hand during 4-H Engineering Program in Macoupin County

4-H Alumni and Aerospace Engineer, Mandy Dodd, facilitated a Discover Engineering program that emphasized engineering principles, careers, and giving back to others. This program was held on July 21, at the University of Illinois Macoupin County Extension office in Carlinville. Dodd guided youth through Odyssey Teams’ outstanding teambuilding program called Helping Hands. Youth were able to put their “hands to larger service” by constructing prosthetic hands to give to those in need. These prosthetic hands are needed by hundreds of thousands of amputees around the world. Electrical Engineer Mike Maccanelli and volunteers Paul and Lana Pershing were hand to offer assistance during this program.

Dodd first led the group through several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities based on different careers in engineering.  Some of the favorites were aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, and structural engineering. After learning these basic principles, youth were able to put their knowledge to work in order to build the prosthetic hands. After completion, youth inserted the mechanical hand into a protective carrying case that the group decorated along with a photograph of the group that constructed the prosthetic.

For more information on this program or youth programs in Macoupin County please contact the Extension office at 217-854-9604 or go online to



University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. For more information visit the Unit 18 website at or contact 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.



Photo Caption: Participants in the 4-H Discover Engineering Program at the University of Illinois Extension

(Front) Ariyak Stuemke, Deven Utry, James Bray, Cadeyn Box, Riley Owsley

(Middle) Calen Cloninger, Logan Helling, Luke Wolff, Jason Perkins, Gracie Melton, Ella Clevenger, Brianna Little, Engineer Mandy Dodd

(Back) Josiah Schuette, Allie Helling, Engineer Mike Maccanelli, Volunteer Paul Pershing, Mark Utry, Zayn Long, Grant Walker, Casey Dugan, Max Dugan, and Andrew Hawk.

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