University of Maryland Extension

MD 4-H Aerospace Workshop and Challenge

The Maryland 4-H Aerospace program blasts off into 2019! 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!

The 2019 Challenge Study Guide is Live!

2019 Aerospace Study Guide for Juniors, Intermediates, and Seniors

Registration is open!

More information about the 4-H Aerospace Challenge can be found here.

All 4-H youth ages 8-18 are eligible to participate in the 4-H Aerospace Challenge. There is NO requirement to carry a rocketry or aerospace project. 

The Maryland 4-H Aerospace Challenge will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1pm at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Workshops cost $10/child and the challenge costs $20/child. Payment can be made only through PayPal at the Jotform link above!

Registration for the Maryland 4-H Aerospace Workshops and the Challenge will close on September 1.

All challenge participants will be required to bring a rocket they have built themselves and prepare to speak about their design and on relevant Aerospace topics. At the event, individuals will participate in craftsmanship judging on their rocket, a live interview with a parts identification test with judges, and a short, written exam about aerospace history and knowledge. Seniors will be required to create a maximum 5-minute presentation about their rocket that they brought, the engineering and design process about its construction, and the important concepts behind the modern Aerospace industry.

At the competition, seniors will compete on a 2-person team, but are not required to register with a teammate; individual seniors will be paired with another senior 4-H’er upon arrival. For each age group, the competition will include an interview with judges including parts identification; a general exam on aerodynamics, model rocketry, and safety; a build-a-rocket session using pre-selected kits and components; and a safe rocket launch with evaluation both pre- and post-flight.

Youth may attend any ONE of the workshops listed below in 2019. While attendance at an Aerospace workshop is not required to participate in the challenge, it is strongly recommended so kids are prepared for Challenge Day. Information shared at each workshop will be the same so as to not provide any potential advantage to one region or another:

WESTERN MARYLAND WORKSHOP: Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 1-6pm,  

EASTERN SHORE WORKSHOP: Saturday August 10, 2019 from 1-6pm,  

SOUTHERN MARYLAND WORKSHOP: Thursday August 15, 2019 from 9am-4pm,  

NORTHERN MARYLAND WORKSHOP: Saturday August 18, 2019 from 1-6pm, HARFORD COUNTY 4-H CAMP, Street, MD 


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