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4-H+NASA-Mission: The Sun

Professional Development Opportunity


“4-H+NASA-Mission: The Sun” is a new virtual event series. 4-H volunteers and educators are eligible for this FREE opportunity led by NASA-Goddard HEAT (Heliophysics Education Activation Team) and Maryland 4-H, coming in winter 2023!


Link to Flier for Facilitator Training (shareable), and Facilitator Application (volunteers and educators).


The Mission: Using provided “Mission Supply Packs,” have youth engage in hands-on activities to learn about NASA and its missions, STEM careers, Astronomy, Heliophysics (Sun or Solar Science), and Earth’s role in all of it! Co-developed by Maryland 4-H and NASA HEAT at Goddard, this program uses the sun to engage audiences with STEM in a new and exciting way!

Facilitators who register to receive support from NASA need to commit to:

  • Attending Pre- AND Post-Event training for Facilitators, 5-7pm: 1/26 & 3/16 (tentative)

  • Attending at least 3 of the 2023 youth event virtual sessions, Thursdays, 5-7 pm EST: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9

  • Implementing at least 1 club or event series in your community with the NASA activities from Spring through Fall of 2023, and share data with 4-H and NASA.

Certificates will be provided upon completion of the program. There is no fee for facilitator training. Enrolled facilitators will receive their own “Mission Supply Pack” containing materials needed to complete the activities in the included Youth Guide.


For questions, contact Mark DeMorra, Maryland 4-H STEM Specialist, at mdemorra@umd.edu.


What are youth saying? "Thank you for making the 4-H class fun! It was really interesting, and I really hope to work at NASA one day." - Female youth participant in pilot, 12 years old


Images Courtesy of NASA

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