HughesNet and 4-HWorking together to inspire the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The HughesNet and 4-H partnership is in full motion. Both organizations have launched a series of initiatives to inspire kids in communities across America to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Together, our organizations serve small, local rural and exurban communities across America. We are passionate about STEM education, building future leaders, and the role they will play in advancing our country’s competitiveness in the global economy. That’s what makes us natural partners in inspiring our next generation of scientists.
We’re investing at the local and regional levels to introduce youth to STEM education and to get them involved in science activities. From county science events to HughesNet “Tech Takeover Days” at 4-H camps, we’re motivating 4-H kids, families, and alumni to support 4-H and their science education programs.
The Importance of STEM Education
Access to quality STEM education shouldn’t be determined by where you live. Kids all across the U.S. should be exposed to STEM. Not only is it important for the development of our youth, but it’s also important for our country’s future.
Our passion towards STEM education is the core driver of our initiatives with 4-H. As the nation’s premier youth development organization, they have a long history of leading innovative programs, and we are proud to support the work they are doing.
Inspiring Future Scientists
Experts credit technological innovation with almost half of U.S. economic growth over the past 50 years, and nearly all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM. That is why HughesNet and 4-H have launched a series of initiatives to inspire kids in communities across America to pursue careers in STEM.
In July 2014, HughesNet and 4-H asked the next generation of future scientists to produce a 15-second video explaining “Why I love Science.” The contest was aimed at closing the gap of more than 2.5 million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs that will be created and ready for skilled employees by 2018.
Nearly 100 videos were submitted, and judges, including U.S. Olympic speed skater J.R. Celski, narrowed down the list to the top 10 videos. The contest was then opened up to America to vote for their favorite video. The winners received cash prizes, trips to National Youth Science Day (NYSD) in Washington, DC, and science kits for their NYSD experiments.
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Impact of “Raise Your Hand”
From all across the U.S., we were flooded with people who “raised their hands” and showed support for 4-H and the STEM sponsorship giveaway. From Alabama to California, Arizona to North Dakota, participants from all 50 states cast their votes for their state 4-H camp to receive a “Tech Takeover Day.”
After receiving nearly 8,000 entries, we were happy to announce Pennsylvania as the winning state!
This summer, we are providing a HughesNet Tech Takeover Day at a 4-H summer camp in Pennsylvania!
Over 2,200 alumni from across the country participated and raised their hands. The high involvement of alumni is a true indication of the impact of 4-H’s programs, and the lasting power of youth development programs through adulthood. 4-H has continuously shaped talented alum that have grown up to be leaders in their fields. Are you a 4-H alum? If so, there are many opportunities to reconnect with the 4-H alumni network and get involved.
4-H Press Releases
America Chooses Jared Fuchs as Grand Prize Winner in National 4-H Council and HughesNet “Inspire a Future Scientist” Video Contest!
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