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Aerospace

November 29, 2018

BU-6843 Stage 2 – Lift-Off; BU-6844 Stage 3 – Reaching New Heights; BU-6845 Stage 4 – Pilot in Command. First-year members also receive Model Rocketry Technical Manual, which includes the National Association of Rocketry Safety Code. Complete Record Sheet in the manual. Turn in completed manual with rocket at check-in. Manual will be graded by the project leader.

Contact Project Leader: Steve Smith 219-863-4551 if you have any questions about Aerospace.

 

STATE FAIR ENTRY: Each county would be permitted to send one rocket, remote control aircraft, or drone and one poster/display board in each grade category (3-5, 6-8, and 9-12). Thus each county could send a maximum of six exhibits to the state fair, 3 rockets, remote control aircrafts, or drones and 3 poster/display boards. No "Ready to Fly" or E2X rockets are acceptable in the 4-H Aerospace project.

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.

 

Rockets may be exhibited with a base, but launch pads are not permitted. All rockets must weigh less than 3.3 pounds and considered an amateur rocket according to FAA regulations. Remote control aircraft or drones may be constructed from a kit or purchased ready-to-fly.

 

PROJECT RULES

  1. Manual Requirements for All Stages: Complete a minimum of 3 required or optional activities listed on page 5. Record the date completed on page 5. The requirements on pages 3 and 4 are not being followed by Newton County. A merit award will be given to the most exceptional manual in each stage (3 awards). Members must satisfactorily complete manual requirements to have their exhibit considered for any award above a blue ribbon placing.
  2. All members enrolled in Aerospace are encouraged to attend one safety/construction meeting during April or May. You may write a summary of what you learned at the meeting and turn it in with your manual for credit as one of the three required activities.
  3. Instruction sheet (included in kit for Grades (3-5), (6-8) and (9-12)) or diagram or sketch (Grades (9-12)) must be turned in with rocket for judging. Points awarded toward total score.
  4. All members are required to provide their own first flight engines and igniters.
  5. Pre-finished kits are prohibited for use in all levels.
  6. NO “Ready to Fly” or E2X Rockets are acceptable in 4-H Aerospace project.
  7. All rockets in Grades (3-5) and (6-8) must have parachutes or streamers for recovery. Grades (9-12) may use any safe recovery system.
  8. Balsa wood or bass wood fins are required for all stages.
  9. Members must abide by the current model rocketry safety code as established by the National Association of Rocketry.
  10. It is suggested, not required, that member enroll in the stage that corresponds to current grade level or level that best suits interest and ability.
  11. Project placing will be determined by static judging alone. Launch is optional and will take place immediately following static judging, weather permitting.
  12. See page 5 for poster requirements.

 

EXHIBIT REQUIREMENTS

Level: (Grades 3 - 5) – Rocket of your choice, Estes Skills Level 1, 2, or comparable difficulty or a poster, display board on any topic in the manual (i.e., construct a paper airplane with a poster board explaining why you designed it the way you did). Cluster engine rockets and rockets that take an engine D or above are not permitted in this level.

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. Displaying the aircraft or drone is optional.

 

Level: (Grades 6 - 8) – Rocket or other aerodynamic object of your choice, Estes Skills Level 2, 3, or comparable difficulty or poster, display board on any topic in the manual (i.e., glider plane (page 18) with poster explaining design). Cluster engine rockets and rockets that take an engine E or above are not permitted in this level.

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. Displaying the aircraft or drone is optional.

 

Level: (Grades 9 - 12) - 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 or poster, display board on any topic in the manual (i.e., box kite (page 20) with poster explanation). Rockets that take an engine G or above are not permitted.

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. Displaying the aircraft or drone is optional.

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