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National 4-H Council and HughesNet Announce New 2015 Program to Spark Youth Interest in Science, Technology Careers


Partnership Continues and Expands Support of STEM Learning throughout U.S.

Chevy Chase, MD—Building on momentum generated in 2014, National 4-H Council and HughesNet®, the nation’s #1 satellite Internet service from Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), are announcing today a new 2015 program supporting their commitment to introduce more American youth to hands-on, community-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The partnership brings STEM learning experiences to youth across the country, including small communities where resources for interactive STEM learning can be limited.

“Innovation Incubator” Science Experiences are a new addition to the partnership under which thousands of youth across the nation will design innovative science solutions to solve real community challenges. States will compete to receive "Innovation Incubator" Science Sponsorships, and ultimately two young innovators will be selected to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the flagship 4-H National Youth Science Day event in Washington, D.C., where they will participate in the world’s largest youth-led science experiment.

Also new this year, National 4-H Council and HughesNet are launching the 4-H GROWN Alumni Campaign. The interactive campaign invites the estimated 25 million 4-H alumni across the U.S. to help direct sponsorship funding to their state by checking in at, tagging friends and casting votes to bring more science innovation experiences to youth in their communities. A $10,000 "Innovation Incubator" Science Sponsorship will be awarded to States with the largest number of votes. Through 4-H GROWN, alumni will also re-connect with the local 4-H that helped them succeed and with a network of millions of 4-Hers around the world.

“In our first year of partnership, National 4-H Council and HughesNet helped thousands of young people experience the excitement of STEM firsthand,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “I am thrilled with our new 2015 program that will engage even more young people and expand our reach to involve 4-H alumni in our mission to show that STEM can be rewarding and fun.”

“We consider our partnership with 4-H to be a tremendous success and we’re excited to be helping to develop the scope of the program into 2015,” said Mike Cook, senior vice president, Hughes North America Division. “Exposing thousands of children to the excitement of STEM is priceless—and we’re thrilled to continue our work with 4-H to make a difference in the kids’ lives.”

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