MONTICELLO, Ill.— What role does science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) play to create clothing and textiles? Youth ages 8 to 18 will explore the answer to this question and more in the new virtual Stitches 4-H Club offered by DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt 4-H.

The kick-off ZOOM meeting for “Stitches” will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. The 4-H club will meet monthly via ZOOM. Home-study projects will be available to work on in between meetings. How-to videos for these projects will be available as resources in between the monthly meetings. Members are responsible for their project materials.

"Our “Stitches” virtual 4-H club will encourage youth to learn about the field of STEAM while developing life skills. There are two areas of clothing projects: construction and shopping,” says 4-H Program Coordinator Jan Wenke. “Currently, we are in need of adult volunteers to expand our planning to offer more virtual clubs.”

There is a $20 fee for this virtual 4-H Club that includes a 4-H membership. To join this new virtual club, participants may register at go.illinois.edu/dmpEvents. A ZOOM link will be emailed once registration is complete. For questions, please email jwenke@illinois.edu.

If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please call (217)762-2191. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access need.

SourceJan Wenke, 4-H Program Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

WriterMaria Lightner, Marketing & Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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