HughesNet, 4-H, and STEM
It can take place on a rural farm, in an urban neighborhood, or an exurban town, but 4-H has been getting young people excited about science and bettering their communities for the past 100 years. Although 4-H extends to every corner of the globe, their programs are especially popular in rural and exurban areas in the U.S. where thousands of people rely on HughesNet to access the Internet.
Sharing geography and common values of improving access to science made HughesNet and 4-H natural partners in a national effort to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
4-H is the country’s largest youth development organization, with more than 6 million members and 60 million alumni. Since the early 20th century, they have contributed generations of highly educated and motivated youth to American communities. Astronaut Alan Shepherd, singer Dolly Parton, Senator Lamar Alexander, and former President Jimmy Carter are just a few 4-H alumni who have gone on to make big contributions to American life.
Head, Heart, Hands, and Health stand for the values of 4-H, and are taught in a hands-on method of engaging in science and agriculture programs. Like HughesNet, 4-H has deep roots in STEM innovation, and has excelled at getting young people excited about these subjects through their practical, applied approach.
HughesNet is proud to help build upon 4-H’s programs. Together, we have set a goal of cultivating the technology leaders who will drive our economy in the next century. Both HughesNet and 4-H understand how vital STEM education is to America’s competitiveness in the global economy.
Community-based programs are at the heart of our work together. We are investing in local and regional events to introduce youth to STEM subjects and help get them involved in science activities.
4-H was a pioneer in science education. HughesNet is a pioneer at connecting people no matter where they live. Together, they are dedicated to cultivating a new generation of technology leaders.