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HughesNet Expands 4-H STEM Lab Projects for Kids


In celebration of National Engineers Week, STEM Lab now offers more free, online activities to inspire future engineers.

Germantown, MD, February 19, 2019 – In support of National Engineers Week February 17 - 23, 2019, America’s No. 1 satellite Internet service HughesNet® and National 4-H Council announce the availability of two new hands-on projects as part of their popular 4-H STEM Lab. STEM Lab is a free, online resource designed to spark kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2026 the economy will require nearly 140,000 new engineering jobs to be filled in the U.S. To help meet the current and projected demand for graduates in STEM careers, HughesNet and 4-H are working together to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders through STEM Lab’s hands-on, fun projects for youth ages 4 to 16. Since its launch in May of 2018, STEM Lab has generated more than 60,000 page views and thousands of activity downloads. 

The new projects, “Building Bridges” and “Parachute Away,” teach principals of physics, civil and mechanical engineering and are designed to help youth become excited about STEM and engineering careers.  “Building Bridges,” teaches children about bridge design, construction and the mechanics at work as they build their own bridges. “Parachute Away,” brings physics to life, showing kids how air resistance affects the speed of falling objects and how to construct a safe delivery system for fragile cargo. As with prior activities, they come with easy-to-follow instructions; explanations of foundational STEM concepts; discussion questions and supply lists (usually basic household items). 

“Through our sponsorship of 4-H, we’re making STEM education accessible to all kids, no matter where they live,” said Peter Gulla, senior vice president of marketing at Hughes. “Hughes employs some of the world’s most talented engineers, creating advanced satellite communications and networking technologies. We are proud to celebrate National Engineers Week with the launch of two new projects, helping to inspire kids to become the next generation of  engineers and scientists who will shape our future.”

“4-H has been inspiring future engineers for over 100 years. We’re excited to celebrate National Engineers Week by helping more youth learn about the wonders of engineering through the 4-H STEM Lab,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “4-H youth, compared to their peers, are two times more likely to pursue STEM careers. Through STEM Lab we are ensuring that more kids have access to the hands-on STEM learning they need to explore future career pathways in engineering.”

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Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, National Engineers Week is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding about engineering careers among the nation’s future workforce.