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Area Students Can Compete for Prizes at a STEAM Challenge on October 8

DU QUOIN – In honor of National 4-H week, 5th through 8th grade youth are invited to think creatively as they design a unique project during a 4-H STEAM Challenge on October 8.

This year’s theme is community awareness. Students are challenged to put on their thinking caps as they design a project related to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) that can help improve their community.

All projects will be on display and judged on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Expo Hall at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin. Students do not have to be 4-H members to enter this challenge. Individuals can enter a solo project or group project with up to 10 participants per group. Top prizes will be awarded in each grade level, the top three individual projects and the top three group projects.

Students must register their projects by Sept. 20 at

For a full list of rules, visit Anyone with questions should contact Carrie Eldridge at