Aerospace is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Aerospace.
What you can do in this project: build an introductory level rocket; compare birds and airplanes; make a space helmet.
Resource: 06842, Pre-Flight
What you can do in this project: build straw and paper rockets; learn to read a map; identify types of aircraft; discover how weather affects flying; build and fly a kite; make a hot-air balloon model.
Resource: 06843, Lift Off
What you can do in this project: build, exhibit and launch model rockets; test a paper hang glider; make a flight simulator; demonstrate why rockets fly; organize a kite-flying contest.
Resource: 06844, Reaching New Heights
What you can do in this project: design and build rockets and box kites; build an altitude tracker; plan a flight route; discover the affects of gravity; explore life in space and aerospace careers.
Resource: 06845, Pilot in Command
Want to learn more about Aerospace? Try the links below.
Aerospace Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including aerospace. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details
National 4-H Engineering, Science and Leadership Events
Site for national 4-H contests and educational seminars including aerospace.
U.S. Space Camp
Spend a fun-filled weekend at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. You’ll complete a simulated Space Shuttle mission, experience training simulators, tour the Center and learn about becoming an astronaut.
Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.
Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun Aerospace activities. Click on a file for a complete lesson plan.
- Family Flyers (4 pages, 43 KB) Build and test fly paper airplanes.
- From Nose to Tail (5 pages, 385 KB) Identify the functions of the basic parts of an airplane.
- Rippin Rockets (2 pages, 54 KB) Build a drinking straw and balloon rocket.
- Rockets Away (2 pages, 64 KB) Construct and test fly a drinking straw rocket.
- Round and Round (3 pages, 43 KB) Make and test fly a paper helicopter.
The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.
- Application for Registration as a Registered Judge for Wisconsin Fairs (1 page, 20 KB) Form to use if you want to become a registered judge in Wisconsin.
- County Fair Exhibit Ideas and Tips for County Fair Exhibitors (3 pages, 59 KB)
There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Aerospace Project. Just follow these links!
Estes Rockets Models and Kits
Source of model rocketry and model airplane materials and information.
Federal Aviation Administration
Aviation education and outreach opportunities through the FAA and its partners.
Great Web Sites for Kids
List produced by the Association for Library Service to Children. Categories include astronomy and space.
Hitchhikers Guide to Model Rocketry
Learn how to make a model rocket with this step-by-step guide. Find out what materials are needed and then find out how to design your own rocket. Other links to rocketry sites are provided.
How Stuff Works
Learn how rocket engines work, and more.
National 4-H Aerospace Online Project
Visit this site for additional National 4-H Aerospace Project activities, information and links.
National Air and Space Museum
Includes access to the museum’s online galleries, exhibitions, collections, and more.
Great resource for aeronautics and space information and education for the public, teachers, and students.
NASA Human Space Flight
Site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration featuring human space flight information on the Space Shuttle, Space Station, and more.
The Rockets Away educational program from Ohio State 4-H teaches about the science of rocketry through the use of hands-on experiments, computer software and the building and launching of two-liter bottle rockets.
Space Telescope Science Institute
View pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope and read about new research into the galaxy.
Windows to the Universe
Site includes images, movies, animations, and other documents that explore the Earth and Space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between science, exploration, and the human experience. It is written in three reading levels: elementary, middle school and high school.
Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.
Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation
Learn how DOT works to improve aviation safety, plan and develop aviation facilities, and provide information and technical expertise on air travel in Wisconsin.
For more information on the 4-H Aerospace Project, contact the following:
UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.
UW-Extension State Specialist: Joanna Skluzacek