HughesNet and 4-H Inspire Tomorrow’s STEM Leaders, Impacts that Last Say Hughes Employees July 19, 2021 HughesNet , Company News false Recognizing the critical role STEM plays in driving innovation—including at Hughes—the company entered a multi-year partnership with 4H, America’s largest youth development organization, to inspire and educate the next generation of STEM students and leaders. The collaboration is a natural fit, given 4-H has deep roots in rural America and that’s where Hughes customers live, work, and raise their children. Over the last 7 years, Hughes has supported numerous 4-H STEM events, scholarships, and contests. The Hughes team also worked with 4-H to conceptualize, develop, and sponsor 4-H STEM Lab, a free platform of interactive STEM-focused activities for youths, available to anyone with Internet access. When the demand for quality at-home learning resources skyrocketed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hughes and 4-H quickly mobilized to expand the HughesNet-sponsored STEM Lab and to launch 4-H at Home, a free online platform of over 500 interactive educational activities that all young people can access from home. As a result, 4-H’s year-over-year portal traffic surged 300%, and 4-H at Home activity downloads grew by 65%, enabling hundreds of thousands of youth to supplement their virtual instruction with activities such as Solar S’mores, DIY Flashlight, and Wonderful Wetlands. Supporting 4-H and its many STEM initiatives makes great sense for Hughes as an employer and service provider interested in attracting top talent. 4-H has long focused on empowering young people to become leaders who have confidence, can endure challenges, and solve problems. Rodney Jeter, senior manager of logistics at Hughes, participated in 4-H activities weekly and attended its summer camps when he was young. In July, he celebrates 28 years working at Hughes, where he started as the shipping supervisor. “4-H taught me how to work as part of a team from an early age. They taught me how to start and finish a project and get along with people. Those lessons helped me grow as a young 13- or 14-year-old. Plus, I had fun,” Mr. Jeter said. He added that many of the boys in his Sumter, South Carolina neighborhood participated in 4-H. He still recalls learning how to wire a lamp and how to play shuffleboard. “Even though it’s been a long time since then, I remember it well. I salute Hughes and 4-H for giving kids so many activities to choose from,” he said. “It’s such a positive experience, that as a kid, you can’t go wrong by getting involved.” Nick Ferrant, a senior systems engineer at Hughes, agrees. He too has a strong connection to 4-H. “My parents were educators who exposed me to STEM pretty early on, including through their involvement with 4-H,” he said. Opportunities to learn about web design as a teen sparked his early interest in the types of activities and problem-solving associated with engineering. “You’ll never go wrong if you build a solid foundation of the basics, especially with how complex technology is becoming,” Mr. Ferrant said. Ultimately, that’s the goal of the HughesNet and 4-H program: to provide STEM-focused resources and educational opportunities to young people in smaller, rural communities and inspire their futures. Click here to learn more. Categories See All Connecting the Unconnected (49) Satellite is Essential (47) Company News (42) JUPITER System (29) HughesNet (25) HughesON Managed Networks (18) SD-WAN (16) Podcast (15) Community Wi-Fi (15) Emergency Communications (12) Interoperability (11) Cellular Backhaul (10) Mobility (8) Popular Blogs Defining Moments in Hughes 50 Year HistoryJul 23, 2021 The Divide Podcast: The role of satellite broadband in closing the digital divideJul 22, 2021 HughesNet Named Best Satellite Internet Service, Meets Increased Demand in More PlacesMay 7, 2021 Hughes India Enables Access to Vital Banking ServicesMay 11, 2021 OneWeb Gateways Require Complex Hughes Engineering May 19, 2021 Related Posts See All Defining Moments in Hughes 50 Year History July 23, 2021 How Hughes Fosters a Culture of Continuous Innovation July 23, 2021 “Bringing high-speed connectivity into rural areas is part of our DNA.” Mark Wymer, HughesNet April 07, 2021 Hughes India Enables Access to Vital Banking Services May 11, 2021 HughesNet Named Best Satellite Internet Service, Meets Increased Demand in More Places May 07, 2021 ENJOY THIS POST? Provide your email below to receive a monthly round-up of what’s happening in the world of connectivity! First Name Last Name Email Company Campaign ID CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.