Thanksgiving Point in Lehi was recently named one of nine groups nationwide to receive NASA funding for science education. Utah State University Cooperative Extension 4-H hosts several programs at Thanksgiving Point that will benefit from the grant. Beginning this summer, Thanksgiving Point will present “NASA BLAST” (Bringing Light and Space Together) to teach about space, exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science and microgravity. NASA education will factor into Thanksgiving Point’s programs and activities for the next 18 months. USU Cooperative Extension programs that will be part of NASA BLAST include existing space and robotics camps, youths from Title 1 schools in Salt Lake City who will receive free day camp experiences and teens involved in the 4-H Growing Leaders Club who will receive assistance teaching at summer camps and serving as facilitators. Other Extension programs to receive funding include the Junior Master Gardener Club at Thanksgiving Point that will grow a “space garden” and will design plant growth chambers and plant basil seeds that will be flown in space and the 4-H TRY (Teens Reaching Youth) teams that will be trained in space-related lessons they can take back to younger youths in their communities. “It is an honor that USU Cooperative Extension 4-H programs will be included in this prestigious NASA program,” said Dave Francis, USU Cooperative Extension 4-H youth development specialist. “It is one more example of how Extension can work with partners to meet the needs of youths throughout the state.” For more information about Thanksgiving Point and the NASA BLAST program, visit http://www.thanksgivingpoint.org. For information about USU Cooperative Extension, visit http://extension.usu.edu.
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