4-H Aerospace Project
What you'll do
Build and launch a rocket, design an airplane or fly your own hot-air balloon. Learn about the science of flight by doing hands-on activities like these and more. Working on a team or by yourself, you may even discover your future career!
- Develop an interesting and understanding of science, engineering and technology.
- Develop problem-solving and logical reasoning skills.
- Improve communication and teamwork skills by working the way scientists and engineers do - in teams.
- Develop scientific ethics and understand how science relates to people's lives.
Levels of learning
National 4-H activity books (for sale)
Iowa 4-H Aerospace Project Hot Sheet (free download)
Make paper airplanes! Race them or compete for distance with a friend.
Identify different types of aircraft you see in the sky or at the airport.
Learn star constellations. How do they change throughout the year? How are they different in Minnesota than they are in the southern hemisphere?
Learn about the airport in your area. How many flights does it handle each week? How many passengers? What problems does it have? What problems does it cause?
Investigate the science behind a science fiction story or novel.
Fairs & exhibits
- Build a model rocket or airplane. Does it fly? Identify its parts and what they do. You might build one from a kit or design your own.
- Make a video, give a speech, create a static display or write a report on the history of space flight/exploration, how planes or rockets work.
- Explain the principles of flight, careers in the aerospace industry or other aerospace topic.
- Compare the equipment design of different flying machines.
- Explain safety techniques.
- Describe a military air battle.
- Build flyable models from a kit or your own design.
- Write a story about aerospace, flight, astronauts, rockets, etc. It could be science fiction!
- Explain how space stations work and what they're for.
- Create a display of equipment needed for an aerospace project.
- Create a display comparing birds and airplanes.
- Demonstrate how weather affects flying.
- Explain how different shapes of kites fly.
- Explain how hot air balloons work.
Future study and careers
You could study aerospace engineering and mechanics at a university.
The National Aviation Administration offers ways for youth to learn about and get involved in flying.
Reviewed in 2018