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Illinois 4-H Space Camp 2016University of Illinois Extension Center News – December 7, 2016


Illinois 4-H Space Camp 2016

These lucky 4-Her’s had a BLAST!

Fifty 4-H members participated in this special opportunity Nov 10-13, 2016 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Although the program was coordinated by Sangamon County 4-H Staff, this program was open to any active Illinois 4-H member in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade and involved youth from twenty-seven different counties in Illinois including: Christian, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Jackson, Jo Davies, Kane, Kankakee, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marshall, McLean, Montgomery, Peoria, St. Clair, Sangamon, Stephenson, Tazewell, Washington, and Wayne Counties.

Washington County 4-H had one participant attend, Ethan Benning of the Okawville Busy Bees.

The first stop in the “Rocket City” of Huntsville, AL was at Alabama A&M University where we were graciously hosted by Alabama 4-H staff. Illinois’ Keith Jacobs gave an engaging presentation all about “Drones.”

Next Stop: U.S. Space and Rocket Center! 4-H’s slogan of “learning by doing” was exemplified by the “Pathfinder” program. 4-Her’s built and launched their own rockets, explored the history of aerospace from Archimedes to NASA, and tested several simulators including the Five Degrees of Freedom Chair and the Multi-Axis Trainer.

4-Her’s had to apply this learning in a simulated shuttle mission where each member of the team had an assigned role. The crew had to work together to complete the mission and arrive home safely! 4-Her’s experienced all this and more at Illinois 4-H Space Camp 2016!

To learn more about 4-H in the community, contact 4-H Staff at the Sangamon County Extension office at 782-4617 or

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881