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321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
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Galva, IL 61434
Phone: 309-932-3447
FAX: 309-932-3454
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2106 SE Third Street
Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-5106
FAX: 309-582-7338
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 8am - 4:00 pm, (closed from 12pm - 12:30pm)

Upcoming Events

4-H Academy

February 24, 2018 (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM )

Western Illinois University Quad Cities
Moline, IL 61265 (Rock Island County)

University of Illinois Extension has put together a fun, interactive youth conference, “4-H Academy” set for Saturday, February 24 from 8:30 am – 3 pm at Western Illinois University, Moline, IL. Youth and teens ages 8 to 18 are invited to spend the day exploring a variety of topics in hands-on workshops led by specialists. It’s a great opportunity for attendees to learn new skills, discover their passion and interests, find out more about career or college, learn about 4-H, meet new friends and have fun!  The event opens with Keynote presentations featuring Keith Jacobs, IL 4-H STEM Specialist who will spark an interest in science as he showcases 4-H projects that use drones, UAVs, 3-D printers and more for those 8 to 12, while the dynamic Marlo Clarke from the Scott County Family Y, will inspire teens 13 and older to pursue their dreams! Participants will select four workshops from 16 topics that include: Engineering/Mars Rover, Improv/Acting, Team Building, String Art, Drones, Robotics, Jewelry Making, Career Readiness, Disaster Preparedness, City Planning, Nutrition, & more! Lunch from Jimmy Johns, snacks and all supplies are included.

The cost is $10 for 4-H Members or $15 for non-members. Family rate (for 3 or more kids from one family) is $20 for 4-H or $30 for non-member families. Register online at or call (309) 756-9978.

4-H Academy Schedule of events

Registration 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Opening/Welcome: 8:45 a.m., Keynote Presentations at 9 a.m. followed by 2 one hour morning sessions, lunch, and 2 one hour afternoon sessions.

Session 1: 9:30—10:30 a.m. Choose one:

  • String Art (double session, ends at 11:30) Join us for a fun DIY custom String Art Class taught by Strung by Shawna, Davenport, IA. This is a fun, new take on a striking old-fashioned art form. Step-by-step instructions are provided to guide you every step of the way, with lots of room left for individual creativity. String art is a unique and engaging way to create an art piece that will be treasured for years to come.
  • Improv (8-12) Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Improv is spontaneous, entertaining, fun AND different every time. Improv theatre is a must for every performer but also valuable to countless other professs.  Develop communication, leadership and public speaking skills, think creatively and enhance your chance for success!
  • Take the Leadership Challenge (12 and older) Join the fun to explore and challenge your leadership skills!  This will be a great way to meet other teens, explore the importance of good leadership skills and make new friends.  No sitting in this workshop – you’ll be up and moving as you try out new activities.
  • Drones (8 -12) See real Drones in action in this hands-on engineering design challenge. Explore the science behind drones and how they are being used to solve real world problems. Learn about flight dynamics, aircraft types, safety and regulations, remote sensing and flight control.
  • Engineering/Mechanical Arm Build a Mechanical Arm to remotely pick up and maneuver objects. Discussions about where and how robotic arms are currently used in industry will be considered while students are designing, building and evaluating their own robotic arm.

Session 2: 10:30—11:30 a.m.

  • Improv (ages 13 and older)  Improv is
    spontaneous, entertaining, fun AND different every time. Lessons from Improv can be carried over to other professions including: communication, leadership and public speaking skills. Think creatively and enhance your chance for success!
  • Jewelry Making Create your own memory wire bracelet using beads and jewelry wire that is permanently shaped in a coil. You wrap it around your arm and don’t need a clasp. It’s easy and fun to make and easy to wear!
  • First Aid: Learn basic first aid such as how apply a tourniquet, stabilizing and bracing fractures, and what to do when someone is choking using life-like mannequins, led by staff from Genesis Medical Center. 
  • Engineering/Mars Rover Build a scale model of a Mars Rover.  Discussion and consideration will focus upon the surface of Mars, the environment and temperature, and the duties that a Mars Rover would need to perform.

LUNCH: 11:30—12:30 a.m.
Lunch from Jimmy Johns will be provided, followed by fun team building activities and Virtual Reality demonstrations!

Session 3: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Choose one:

  • Diet Detectives Television, radio, newspapers, magazines and the internet are all popular sources for food and nutrition advice. But how credible are they? Should you rely on them to help you make eating, lifestyle and health decisions? Much of the information we see and hear today can be confusing and contradicting. Kristin Bogdonas, Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator will teach you skills to help you decipher nutrition fact from fiction and provide updated nutrition advice.
  • Robotics (8-11) Discover the world of Robotics with some 4-H Tech Wizards. They will introduce you to EV3 robots and you’ll get to explore with Sphero robots.  This will be a fun hands-on workshop that gives you a great new perspective into the world of robotics.
  • Drones (12 and older) In this hands-on engineering design challenge, you’ll explore the science behind drones and how they are being used to solve real world problems. You will learn everything from flight dynamics and aircraft types, to safety and regulations, to remote sensing and flight control. You will also get to see real Drones in action.
  • Communications/Hot Topics (12 and older)  The world is full of information to be found—however, not all of it is valid, useful, or accurate. It's hard to know how much to accept of what's in all the books, magazines, pamphlets, newspapers, journals, brochures, Web sites, and various media reports that are available. People want to convince you to buy their products, agree with their opinions, rely on their data, vote for their candidate, consider their perspective, or accept them as experts. In short, you have to sift and make decisions all the time, and you want to make responsible choices that you won't regret.
  • Community Planning Using Legos, you’ll help construct a city as you explore urban planning. Discuss the layout and design aspects including geography, municipal services, how climate change, population growth and other factors may affect a community over time.

Session 4: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Choose one:

  • Disaster Preparedness Learn about the disaster cycle, how to prepare, respond and recover from disasters in your community, school, and home from the Red Cross.
  • Junk Drawer Robotics Make your own robot using everyday items that could be found in your house! Experience the processes of Thinking like a Scientist, Designing like an Engineer and Building like a Technician.
  • Career Readiness (12 and older) Have you started thinking about life after high school?  Learn what you should be doing now to prepare. In this fun, interactive session you’ll meet current high school seniors and college students who will help you learn more about why it’s important to start preparing for your career now.
  • Wind Energy Learn about wind energy from ATEEC Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center. Build a variety of wind turbine blades, explore wind turbine electricity production and get information about wind electricity production in Iowa and Illinois.  Learn about careers in the wind energy field.
  • Coding (ages 8-11) Interested in tech? Wondering if coding could be your strong suit? This workshop is the perfect class to learn the programming foundations and computer programming skills through interactive and exciting projects. Perfect for kids who have great imaginations, like figuring out how things work or simply love technology.


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