build mechanical claw and telescope, study night sky, learn cybersecurity and decoding

UMaine Extension 4-H launches space challenge, Nov. 15

Fri, 10/15/2021 - 1:30pm

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is participating in the 2021 National 4-H STEM Challenge with a new four-session club. 

4-H Galactic Quest” will meet virtually, Nov. 15, 22, 29 and Dec. 6., from 4 - 5 p.m. Designed by Clemson University, the hands-on challenge focuses on space exploration, including the history of humans in space, the technology and resources needed for missions and the obstacles humans encounter in orbit. Participants will build their own telescope, study the night sky, be introduced to cybersecurity and decoding, and design and build a mechanical claw.

Participation is limited to Maine youth ages 10–18.  

Cost is $19.95 for materials; limited financial assistance is available. Registration is required on the program webpage by Nov. 1.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207.581.8206 or


About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine's land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit