University of Maryland Extension

MD 4-H Aerospace Workshop and Challenge

The Maryland 4-H Aerospace program blasts off into its eighth year! Youth ages 8-18 are encouraged to participate in this amazing program that may launch a career in the STEM field.  The program focuses on model rocketry, but incorporates educational and engineering activities into an out of this world experience!

WELCOME to the 2018 Maryland 4-H Aerospace Page!

Registration for these events is open NOW through 4-H Online.

Information on how to register for an event in 4-H Online can be found here

Information on how to create a profile in 4-H Online to register for an event can be found here

 BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR- Qualifiers, Pre-Challenge Workshop and Challenge!

2018 Aerospace Program Flier 

Qualifiers:  The Maryland 4-H Aerospace Regional Qualifiers will be held to determine the participants for the MD 4-H Aerospace Challenge.  All 4-H youth ages 8-18 are eligible to participate. There is NO requirement to carry a rocketry or aerospace project. 

Registration for the Maryland 4-H Aerospace Qualifier will close at May 26 (Western Qualifier) and June 10 (Central and Eastern Qualifier).  A $5 fee will be required in order to participate. Payment can be made by check or online.

All qualifier participants will be required to bring a rocket they have built themselves and prepare an aerospace related presentation.  At the event, individuals will participate in craftsmanship judging on their rocket, a parts identification test, give their aerospace presentation and for intermediate and senior participants, a short written exam about aerospace history and knowledge. 

Youth may attend any of the the qualifiers as listed below:


EASTERN REGION QUALIFIER: Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 11:00-1:00, TALBOT COUNTY


CENTRAL REGION QUALIFIER: Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 1:00-4:00, BALTIMORE COUNTY


Challenge:  The Maryland 4-H Aerospace Challenge will be held on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 2:00-7:00 pm at the Howard County Fairgrounds with a rain date scheduled for Saturday, July 29, 2018.  Challenge participants will be determined through the Maryland 4-H Aerospace Qualifiers.  A $10 fee will be required in order to participate. Payment can be made by check or online. 

Statewide a total of twelve from each age group will be accepted to participate in the Maryland 4-H Aerospace Challenge. Seniors will compete on a two-person team, but are not required to register with a teammate; individual seniors will be paired with       another senior 4-Her upon arrival. For each age group, the Challenge will include parts identification; a general exam on aerodynamics, model rocketry and safety; a build-a-rocket session using pre-selected kits and components; a safe rocket launch with    evaluation both pre- and post-flight; and for seniors, interview judging on your rocket design and build.

Pre-Challenge Workshop:  The Maryland 4-H Aerospace Pre-Challenge Workshop will be held on Sunday, July 15 from 2:00-7:00 pm at the Howard County Fairgrounds.  Qualified Challenge participants are highly encouraged to attend the workshop, but Workshop registration will be open to the public after the Maryland 4-H Aerospace Qualifiers are completed.  A $10 fee will be required in order to participate. Payment can be made by check or online.

This workshop will cover all of the categories of the State Challenge and will be led by seasoned aerospace professionals and hobbyists. No preparation is required to attend the workshop, however study materials will be posted on our aerospace website no later than June 18 for recommended preparation before the Challenge.


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