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
Get started with 4-H'ers in your area
Get started on your own
- 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 and 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