Lights On Afterschool 2014

Lights On Afterschool, a national celebration focusing on the importance of quality out-of-school time programs, is planned for Thursday, October 23. It’s not too early to register your program and be involved with the festivities.

“Rockets to the Rescue”, the theme of this year’s Lights On Afterschool is a collaboration with 4-H and the annual 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment developed by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service.

Rockets to the Rescue is a hands-on experiment where youth are asked to respond to a fictional scenario. A natural disaster has left people without food on a remote, isolated Pacific island. The youth are asked to build a rocket that can be launched from the mainland, travel over the ocean and deliver high-energy food to the population. The experiment combines two key issues – science and food security – and incorporates aerospace engineering concepts to help youth design a rocket out of everyday materials including recyclable two-liter bottles, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, rubber band and a protractor.

Youth will learn engineering concepts, develop math skills, learn about nutrition and help solve a relevant, global issue in order to complete the mission. Using a Science Kit, the device will be tasked to deliver a payload of food to disaster victims, such as those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Incorporation of Rockets to the Rescue in your program meets the requirements of Standard III. Intentional Programming and Activities of the Arizona Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs.

Arizona programs have multiple options for getting involved.

  1. Register to participate in Lights On Afterschool on October 23, here.
  2. Register to participate in the National Youth Science Day on October 8, here.
  3. Order a Rockets to the Rescue kit here. Kits are designed to be used for 10 students.

Show Arizona’s commitment to quality out-of-school time programs. Regardless of what date and event you register for, AzCASE encourages you to open the event to parents, schools and community leaders. This is a perfect hands-on, project based learning activity to spotlight the value of quality out-of-school time programs. Hosting a Lights On Afterschool family event meets the requirements of Standard V. Family, School and Community of the Arizona Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs.

For more information, e-mail AzCASE at