Serving Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties

About This Program

STEAM in the Classroom is a University of Illinois Extension program developed to educate youth on concepts within Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Agriculture, and Math. We are introducing new programs involved with STEAM in order to provide authentic learning experiences for youth in McLean County. 

Educational programming presentations, upon request. Type of locations served:

  • 4-H Clubs
  • Schools: public, private and homeschools (K-12)
  • Library Programs
  • Youth Programs
  • Daycares

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Chick it Out

This program is a long-standing tradition which successfully promotes agriculture in local schools. When you register for Chick it Out, you will get 1 dozen fertilized chicken eggs from University of Illinois campus, and enough chicken feed to last the few days you have your chicks. In addition, you can check out an incubator, egg turner, candler, and embryology curriculum.This registration also gets you access to embryology resources to keep you informed and help you throughout your unit. Materials and curriculum for this program is free for participants. Registration for Chick it Out 2020 is open January 14th-March 20th.


On March 10th, 2020 we will be hosting a Professional Development opportunity for teachers to learn how to enhance their embryology unit. Registration for this course is open January 14th-February 28th, to participate in this Embryology Workshop you must also have registered for Chick it Out 2020.

John Maitland Agriculture Awareness Grant

McLean County teachers can apply for a grant up to $1,000 by incorporating agriculture in the classroom.

Applications are accepted October 5-November 30, 2020.


George E. Holder Agriculture Awareness Grant

McLean County teachers can apply for a grant up to $1,000 by implementing a gardening project that services either the community, school or students.

Applications are accepted January 21-February 28, 2020.


Check out the FREE resources offered to teachers, home-school groups, 4-H leaders and other youth development organizations. 

NEW Resource Catalog

Thank you for showing interest in the resources offered by all of us at University of Illinois Extension in Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties. The resources in our catalog are available free of charge. Teachers, 4-H leaders and community youth organizations are encouraged to educate youth and create authentic experiences that enrich learning.

We hope these resources are an easy-to-use way to get your youth involved with fun, hands-on activities guided by research-based curriculum. If you find that any resource does not live up to that expectation, please provide feedback so we can ensure quality resources for the youth.