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4-H Aerospace Project

October 23, 2019
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The 4-H aerospace program provides youth with educational information about aerospace that develops project skills (i.e., principles of flight, model rocket construction, model rocket safety) and life skills (i.e., decision-making, using science and technology, developing communication skills). These fun-filled, hands-on learning experiences are provided under the direction of caring adults.

Level 1 (grades 3-5)

Level 2 (grades 6-8)

                                                                         Level 3 (grades 9-12)


 

Resources 

State 4-H Website for Aerospace

Aerospace 1: Pre-Flight Exploring K-2

Aerospace 2: Lift-Off

Aerospace 3: Reaching New Heights

Aerospace 4: Pilot in Command

***Manuals can be purchased from the Education Store or the extension office. 

Aerospace and Rocketry Scorecard

Poster Board and Display Scorecard

Soda Straw Rocket

General Exhibit Requirements

Manual Required (3 Activities)

  1. Members should turn in instruction sheet with rocket. It is recommended that you make a copy of the instructions before you start.
  2. Exhibit must be a flyable model rocket, remote control aircraft, drone or poster. Do not include fuel cartridges.
  3. State Fair entries: One rocket, remote control aircraft, or drone and one poster in each level (total of six entries).
  4. No prefinished, "Ready to Fly", or E2X rockets.
  5. See “General Rules” for poster requirements. All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.
  6. Rockets may be exhibited with a base, but launch pads are not permitted. All rockets must weigh less than 3.3 pounds and be considered an amateur rocket according to FAA regulations.
  7. Remote control aircraft or drones may be constructed from a kit or purchased ready-to-fly.

 

Level (Stage) Requirements

Level 1 or “Stage 2”, Aerospace 2 (grades 3-5), choose one: 

  1. Rocket of your choice, Estes Skills Level 1 or 2 or comparable difficulty. Cluster engine rockets and rockets that take an engine D or above are not permitted in this level.
  2. Poster or display board on any topic in manual (e.g. construct a paper airplane with poster board explaining why you designed it the way you did).
  3. Remote control aircraft or drone of your choice that is age/grade appropriate and compliant with FAA regulations, federal and state laws, and local ordinances. This exhibit choice is to include a notebook or poster including how the aircraft/drone was used and aerospace skills learned. 
  4. Displaying the aircraft or drone is optional.

Level 2 or “Stage 3” Aerospace 3 (grades 6-8), choose one: 

  1. Rocket or other aerodynamic object of your choice, Estes Skills Level 2 or 3 or comparable difficulty. Cluster engine rockets and rockets that take an engine E or above are not permitted in this level.  
  2. Poster or display board on any topic in the manual (e.g. glider plane on p. 18 with poster explaining design).
  3. Remote control aircraft or drone of your choice that is age/grade appropriate and compliant with FAA regulations, federal and state laws, and local ordinances. This exhibit choice is to include a notebook or poster including how the aircraft/drone was used and aerospace skills learned.
  4. Displaying the aircraft or drone is optional.

Level 3 or “Stage 4” Aerospace 4 (grades 9-12), choose one:

  1. Rocket of your choice, Estes Skills Level 3 or above, a box kite, or other aerodynamic object of your choice which illustrates principles of flight. Rockets that take an engine G or above are not permitted.
  2. A poster display board on any topic in the manual (i.e. box kite on p. 20 with poster explanation).
  3. Remote control aircraft or drone of your choice that is age/grade appropriate and compliant with FAA regulations, federal and state laws, and local ordinances. This exhibit choice is to include a notebook or poster including how the aircraft/drone was used and aerospace skills learned.
  4. Displaying the aircraft or drone is optional.

 

Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!

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