STEAM in the Classroom

STEAM in the Classroom

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

We serve educational facilities expanding Livingston, McLean, and Woodford counties including (but not limited to) 4-H Clubs, Library Programs, Youth Programs, Daycares, and K-12 Schools. Educational programming presentations available upon request.

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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 4 - November 19, 2021.

 

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 24 - February 27th, 2022.

 

Chick it Out

This program is a long-standing tradition that 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 are free for participants. We are planning an embryology teacher workshop that will provide support for lessons and to enrich your embryology curriculum.

Spring 2022 Program Dates:

 

**Please be sure to complete this registration to ensure that your classroom is signed up for the "Chick It Out" program. Registration deadline is Friday, March 18, 2022.**

Chick it Out Registration OPEN: Tuesday January 11th - Friday March 18th 

Embryology Teacher Workshop: Thursday, March 31st, 4:00p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (McLean County Farm Bureau - 2242 Westgate Dr, Bloomington, IL 61705) Registration is included in the link above.

Early Equipment pick-up(optional): Thursday, March 31st, 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. (McLean County Farm Bureau - 2242 Westgate Dr, Bloomington, IL 61705)

Egg pick-up: Monday, April 4th, from 1 - 5 p.m. (McLean County Extension office - 1615 Commerce Parkway Bloomington, IL 61705)

Chick drop-off: Friday, April 25th, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (McLean County Extension office - 1615 Commerce Parkway Bloomington, IL 61705 - The office is closed 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

 

 

 

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

Current 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.

STEAM at Home

We have been working very hard to provide wonderful STEAM learning experiences to you, wherever you may be! Please enjoy these virtual programs. You can find more on our STEAM Facebook Page.

14 Day STEAM at Home Challenge

Be Active, Be Healthy Challenge

Butterfly Adventures: From Caterpillar to Butterfly

STEAM Bingo Challenge

What's Quackin'? Embryology Program