University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach arm of the University. Extension’s statewide network of educators and county-based offices provide programming in economic development, health and nutrition, agriculture and natural resources, and youth development. The U of I Extension and Outreach Initiative was designed to spark new partnerships with departments and units across campus.

Eight collaborative projects were awarded two year pilot grants by University of Illinois Extension in July, 2014. Awards were selected from a pool of 71 pre-proposals originating in 16 campus units. The awards were made under the University of Illinois Extension and Outreach Initiative, a special partnership between Extension, the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, and the Office of the Provost.

Recent Outreach Initiatives

Maker Literacy Program

This project establishes “maker spaces” across Illinois where learners create 3D printing and other digital products. Participants also receive manuals, presentations, instructional videos, and more.

An Artifact Speaks: A Traveling Museum

Students experience interesting and treasured artifacts from the Spurlock Museum. The program uses loan boxes with replicas of ancient cultural artifacts and lesson plans.

Digital Innovation Leadership

Expanding opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic and social development through digital manufacturing and fabrication, digital media production and data analytics

Disposing of Medications

Advancing educational and outreach strategies about the use, storage, and disposal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products, including the establishment of medicine take-back programs

Designing for Human Health

An examination of the relationship between health, design, and the built environment in Peoria. The project brings together researchers, students, community stakeholders, and residents

4-H Computing Connections

A curriculum that addresses computer programming and fundamental computer science concepts. The project team trains 4-H volunteers and 4-H teens as teachers to run the activities