HENRY — On Wednesday, May 15, Officers Robert Finn and Logan Willand from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Office of Law Enforcement visited members of the U of I Extension’s Marshall-Putnam 4-H Tech Wizards after-school program.
The officers talked with the youths about the duties they perform, the science and technology they use to perform these duties, and what impact these duties have on the ecology and conservation of Illinois’ natural resources.
The youth members were given an orientation of the equipment used, with a focus on the technological aspects, and were able to tour the officers’ specially outfitted trucks. They serve as both the officers’ transportation and their office on wheels. Afterward, the youth members got hands-on experience using thermal imaging devices to locate an officer hidden in a dark room, simulating one of the many uses for these devices.
The Marshall-Putnam 4-H Tech Wizards is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) based, after-school mentoring program implemented in the Henry-Senachwine Consolidated Unit District.
For more information, call the U of I Extension’s Marshall-Putnam office at 309-364-2356. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.
The mission of U of I Extension is to provide practical, trustworthy education to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. They provide equal opportunities in programs and employment, and the website can be visited at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp.