Youth “reached for the sky” with fun, hands-on aerospace and engineering activities on Feb. 22 with Kendall County 4-H.

Participants, ages 5 to 10, explored the world of rocket science and flight with multiple interactive stations. They studied air movement using homemade bubbles, different weights of paper, ping-pong balls and funnels; designed and built an airplane to discover lift, gravity and drag; and launched different styles of rockets to learn about thrust.

“Each one of our learners created something new, modified it for optimum flight capabilities, and learned through the process,” said Kim Eisnaugle, 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator. “We hope they made some fun memories and took with them lasting knowledge.”

4-H Youth Development is a multi-faceted program that includes 4-H community clubs, special interest (SPIN) clubs, in-school and after-school learning opportunities, and other youth outreach activities for ages 8 to 18. 4-H also offers a Cloverbud program for youth 5 to 7. These positive youth development programs provide the opportunity for youth to feel a sense of belonging, develop independence, practice generosity, and experience mastery.

Spring break workshops for ages 8 and older are open for registration now. Learn more at If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Kim Eisnaugle at 630.553.5823 or Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

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4H believes in nurturing responsible, caring and contributing leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities. The four H's represent their core values: Head: managing, thinking. Heart: relating, caring. Hands: giving, working. The following businesses salute all of Kendall County 4H members and their leaders!