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Mars Base Camp - 4-H STEM Challenge

join the 4-H STEM Challenge and        Blast-off to Mars with Ohio 4-H!

The 2020 4-H STEM Challenge explores sending a mission to Mars and what it takes to sustain life in space. The Mars Base Camp kit includes activities that use STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture.Find 4-H STEM Challenge details at!2020-challenge

Star Trek - Science Fiction vs Science Fact

Join the Ohio State Department of Astronomy and Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP) for an online panel discussion on the science concepts featured in the shows and films of Star Trek! You are encouraged to wear your Halloween costumes and Star Trek uniforms. There will be a costume contest, so do not hesitate to participate! It all happens on Oct. 28 from 8-9 p.m. Find the details and registration here!

Career Exploration: Dr. Wayne Schlingmantelescope and stars

What's it like to control the universe? In this video, Dr. Wayne Schlingman, director of the OSU Arnie Slettebak Planetarium shares what it takes to become an astronomer and run a planetarium. You migth be surprised to learn that some of the skills you learn in 4-H - public speaking and communication are key!         

Meet Astronomer Wayne Schlingman!

Links! Links! Links!

Maybe you can't travel to Mars this week or next, but we've got lots of cool links from NASA to help you discover Mars, space travel and beyond!Mars

Are you ready for some space travel?

To Space and Back title with space shuttle

You can head "To Space and Back" from your own home, thanks to our friends at the OSU Planetarium! Find out how space exploration is helping us discover the world beyond our planet. This video is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What’s happening above is coming back down to Earth! Start your space adventure at

Mars Base Camp Kit - UNBOXED!

Want to know just what is inside the Mars Base Camp family kit? 4-H Educator Margo Long and her son Liam will show you all the cool items inside - take a look at their unboxing video, then head to to get a discount code to purchase your kit! 

Video - Mars Base Camp Kit - UNBOXED!

The Space Lander Challenge

NASA launched Perseverance in July and it will land on Mars in February 2021. While you're waiting, you can build your own space lander with supplies you have at home. Get the Space Lander directions here and get to work on your own Mars mission!

Perseverance rover

Insight from Mars

When astronauts travel to space, they communicate every day with mission control about what they see and learn. Check out this free activity about coding wiInsight from Marsth Scratch and imagine you are the first human explorers on Mars!