University of Maryland Extension

State 4-H Aerospace Workshop and Challenge

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Daniel Diep

The Maryland 4-H Aerospace Workshop and Challenge will continue to excite our 4-H youth engineers as we enter our fourth year. Last year's events attracted 38 youth from nine counties, and our two senior winners went on to take first place at the National Engineering Challenge at Purdue. In addition the Mar/Apr issue of Sport Rocketry magazine featured a lengthy article about the MD State Challenge, and included many photographs of our 4-Hers! Extension Educators throughout the state are asked to spread the word and encourage participation---especially among the STEM-oriented 4-H clubs.

The workshop, which is highly beneficial to participants in the Challenge, will take place on Sunday, July 12 from 2-6:30 at the air-conditioned 4-H Activities Hall at the Howard County Fairgrounds. On the following Sunday, July 19, the State Aerospace Challenge will take place from 2-6:30 pm. 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 contest will include parts identification; 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. All of the categories of the State Challenge will be covered at the workshop, which will be led by seasoned aerospace professionals and hobbyists. 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.

To register send an e-mail to with the following information: name of 4-Her; 4-H age (as of January 1, 2015); county; whether you will attend the State Challenge on July 19, the 4-H Aerospace Workshop on July 12, or both; for seniors only, your preferred teammate, if you have one, for the two-person team requirement.

Registration for the State Challenge is open until July 13. Registration for the Aerospace Workshop is open until July 6. For more information, see flier or or visit

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