NASA and 4-H Partner to Spark Passion in Space and STEM
4-H National Headquarters in conjunction with NASA provided an opportunity for Texas 4-Her’s from the Cooperative Extension Program (CEP) in Dallas and Harris counties to participate in events with Astronaut Peggy Whitson (an Iowa 4-H Alum). Whitson will be leading the team made up of Tomas Pesquet from France and Oleg Novitskiy from Russia on the upcoming mission to the International Space Station.
On August 30, 2016, Community Youth Development Leadership 4-H (Dallas County) and Tiger Botz 4-H (Harris County) traveled to NASA and had lunch with former 4-Her’s who are now NASA engineers. They also participated in the media day press conference, during which the 4-H delegation was acknowledged and were provided an opportunity to ask questions of the astronauts. Once the press conference was over, Ashley Chavez from Harris County and Fatima Flores from Dallas County had an opportunity to interview Mrs. Whitson.
The Cooperative Extension Program also provided a day of STEM education for students from Hartsfield Elementary who visited Space Center Houston. There they learned about the history of the space program and about the effects that space travel can have on the human body. Students ended the day with a visit to see Rocket Park which houses the Saturn V rocket.
James Palmer, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and Director of Land-Grant Programs