At-home STEM Challenges – Great for Summer

Put those building bricks and recyclables lying around the house to good use, get techy on your computer or tablet, or explore your backyard or neighborhood with DuPage, Kane and Kendall County 4-H’s free At-Home STEM Challenges. 

These challenges encourage youth to use science, technology, engineering, or math to explore the world around them,” says Donna Nuger, 4-H Youth Development Educator. “We provide the guidance and resources, and kids provide the imagination! By participating, youth will gain important skills like planning, problem-solving, observation, and record-keeping, all while having fun.”

Challenges, which were created by Nuger and Illinois 4-H’s Amy Henschen, can be found at Topics include: stop-motion animation, bird identification, computer coding, paper roller coasters, junk drawer mechanics, plant observation, Rube Goldberg machines, bridge building, 3-D printing design, and food science.

“These activities are designed to do at your family’s own pace, and they can be mixed and matched,” Nuger says. “They are a great opportunity for kids or teens to explore their interests or discover something new.”

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the local 4-H STEM team at or at 630-584-6166. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. 




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