Register now for Bridge Bust Contest!

Put your creativity, design ideas and engineering skills to the test with your family or youth teams for the 2020 Bridge Busting Contest with 4-H. Registration closes later this month for the 8th annual competition, which will be held Jan. 12, 2020 in Yorkville. Enter in one of three categories: youth teams (ages 10 and older), family teams including adults and youth, and school teams for grades 5 to 12 (divided by level). Teams must have a minimum of two members. Registered teams will pick up all project supplies and the official contest packet, which includes general event information, rules and regulations, in early December. This fun, educational challenge is facilitated by the University of Illinois Extension and 4-H Youth Development, and it is supported by Rural King of Plano and Cross Lutheran School in Yorkville. To learn more or register your team, visit Space is limited. The cost is $40 per team.

Hone your engineering ideas with pasta bridges!

Join Illinois Extension for a two-part workshop that allows youth to learn about bridges, build a linguine bridge, and the next day, come back to test its strength. The two-part workshop is Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension office, 7775B Illinois Route 47 in Yorkville. The cost is $5 per team. Designed for youth ages 8 and up, this experience is great for Bridge Bust teams, or anyone interested in building or engineering. To register or learn more, visit and look for the Pasta Bridge links.