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 will be accepted October 3 - November 28.


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 - February.


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.

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 2023 Program Dates - TBA

Chick it Out Registration is currently CLOSED

Embryology Teacher Workshop: TBA

Early Equipment pick-up(optional): TBA

Egg pick-up: TBA

Chick drop-off: TBA




STEAM at Home

STEAM at home activities provide experiential STEAM learning experiences to youth, wherever they may be. Watch for new activities and challenges at the beginning of each month. Please enjoy these virtual activities and feel free to share your creation and experience on our STEAM Facebook page.

Have ideas for a challenging STEAM activity or want to share what your club, class, or youth have done related to STEAM? Contact Laura Holland and your idea may be featured here or on our Facebook page!

September Activities/Challenges (new challenges added each week)

Computer Coding Challenge

Hispanic Heritage Month STEAM Challenge: Mini Soccer Table

Hispanic Heritage Month STEAM Challenge: Inca Masks