About the 4-H Small Engine Project
Learn all about the design, operation, and troubleshooting of small internal combustion engines like those used in generators and lawn mowers! Dig into the function of different engine parts, compression ratios, and safety issues, and then learn how to tear down and rebuild a small engine.
Contact the Marion County 4-H office:
Small Engine Project Resources
You can learn more about small engines by completing one of the project activity guides, based on your grade level:
- Small Engine Level 1, Crank it Up (Grades 3-5)
- Small Engine Level 2, Warm it Up (Grades 6-8)
- Small Engine Level 3, Tune it Up (Grades 9-12)
- Small Engine Group Helper's Guide
Project manuals may also be available to purchase at the Marion County Extension office, and older editions of manuals (if available) are free. Contact us to ask about availability!
Showcasing What You’ve Learned
You can create a project exhibit to showcase what you’ve learned while working on your project. Project exhibits are submitted for judging at the annual Marion County 4-H Showcase.
- Small engine exhibit guidelines for 4-H members grades 3-12
- Marion County 4-H poster exhibit guidelines and tips
- A reference list must be included with your poster.
Advancing to the State Fair
- Yes! Small engine projects exhibits from 4-H members grades 3-12 are eligible to advance to the State Fair.
Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)
- Show what you have learned about small engines by creating a poster, such as how to identify engine parts or helping an adult service an engine. A reference list must be included with your poster.
- Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged), so there are no score cards, and exhibits are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.
More Small Engine Project Resources
- See Indiana 4-H’s small engine project page for more resources.