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State 4-H Aerospace Challenge Roars Back for Second Year

A State 4-H Aerospace Challenge will take place again this summer for our 4-H aerospace enthusiasts! It will be held on Sunday, July 21 from 2-6 pm at the Howard County Fairgrounds in the 4-H Activities Hall and outer parking area, where the Challenge will culminate in a model rocket launch. This contest will be open to any 4-H junior, intermediate, and senior. New this year: you do not need to carry the aerospace project in order to participate in this event.

The address for the Howard County Fairgrounds is 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD 21794. We will begin at 2 pm in the 4-H Activities Hall, which is located at entrance #4 (Midway Boulevard) off Fairgrounds Road, the first building on your left. Beverages will be provided.

In order to model the senior contest after the national event, seniors will compete on two-person teams. It is not necessary to register with a teammate; individual seniors will be paired with another senior 4-Her upon arrival. For the two top-scoring individual seniors, this state competition may lead to a trip to the National 4-H Engineering Challenge in Indiana on September 29-October 1, 2013!

In order to prepare for this State Challenge, leaders from three 4-H clubs and the Montgomery 4-H Office will sponsor a 4-H Aerospace Workshop, also at the Howard County Fairgrounds, on Sunday, July 14 from 2-6 pm. All participants in the State Challenge are highly encouraged to attend. This valuable workshop will cover the aspects of model rocketry that will be tested at our state contest for each age group: a parts identification; a general exam on aerodynamics, model rocketry and safety; and a build-a-rocket session using pre-selected parts followed by a launch. Seniors will build their team rocket from ordinary household items. Rockets will need to safely and stably reach a 200’ altitude, and will be evaluated both pre- and post-flight. No preparation is needed to attend the workshop, however study materials will be available to bring home for added preparation before the state-level event. Beverages will be provided.


If any Maryland 4-Hers are interested in these exciting opportunities, please get in touch with Rachel Harris at or Cathy Dobos at with the following information:
• Name of 4-Her
• 4-H age (as of January 1, 2013)
• County
• Whether you will attend the State Contest on July 21, the 4-H Aerospace Workshop on July 14, or both.
• For seniors only, your preferred teammate, if you have one, for the two-person team requirement

Registration for the State Contest is open until July 15. Registration for the workshop is open until July 8.

See publicity flier and feel free to forward to any 4-Hers you think may be interested. For more information call Rachel Harris at 240-252-4113.

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