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Our Illinois 4-H Story

What does it mean to be a Techno Ferret?

As the competition season for Illinois 4-H robotics clubs draws to a close, several clubs continue their community programs and trainings for younger members. The Techno Ferret 4-H Club has a great video created by their senior 4-H members about what it means to be a member of their club. 

In Macon County, members of the 4-H RoboStorms Robotics Club were part of the Decatur Business Expo. Members of the team demonstrated exciting technology, such as "Makey Makey."

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit which tricks your computer into thinking that almost anything is a keyboard. 4-H members connected a row of bananas to a computer via alligator clips and then showed how to play musical tones by touching the bananas.


Judy Mae Bingman, University of Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications Manager

Judy uses powerful words and photography to tell the Extension story. She is a skilled communication strategist and storyteller with demonstrated success in building teams and creating strong organizational brand identities that deepen Extension’s impact among key audiences, build brand loyalty, strengthen employee talent, and expand public engagement. She is a frequent conference presenter at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference and helps Extension staff across the nation tell compelling stories.