Kane County 4-H’s annual three-day Tech Camp, held June 11-13, was a huge success. The 4-H motto is “learn by doing.” Some of the activities that these 36 youths were able to do included: 3-D printing design, web design, soldering projects, App creation, programming drones, EL wire art, circuitry, programming Spheros, and experience with augmented reality.

Additionally, each youth was placed in a design team and given materials and time to create a prototype of a device that could help solve a problem or meet a need.

The culminating event of the camp was when each group presented their prototype to the Kane County Commissioners who graciously accepted the invitation to participate as judges. Devices such as home security systems, motion activated piggy banks (shaped like a dragon), the diet defender box, and a light sensitive alarm were among the devices presented.

“The youth attending this camp were eager to learn, and made noticeable progress. What a fantastic opportunity for kids to build necessary skills to have a successful future,” said Kane County Commissioner Brent Chamberlain.

Successful events like these are made possible through successful collaborations with community partners. A generous donation from the Kane Education Foundation (KEF) made it possible to provide this Tech camp ($275 cost per person) at no charge to the participants.

The Kane Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves students, parents and teachers in Kane County by providing support and services where the school district cannot. The Foundation provides summer programs and resources to help keep our children engaged in learning during the summer months. The Bureau of Land Management has also continued to provide support and volunteers to facilitate these amazing opportunities.