Learn about flying kites, hot air balloons, remote control airplanes, gliders, and space shuttles. The fascination of flying an airplane, launching a rocket, conquering space and becoming an astronaut or pilot will come alive as you explore aviation and space. Or explore the science of rocketry. Use the knowledge you gain to design, build, and launch your own two-liter pop bottle rocket.
If you are already signed up for this 4-H project, come on in and get started. If you haven't signed up yet, contact your county 4-H office and become a member today.
Skills to Achieve Mastery
- Develop science and technology literacy as it relates to aerospace.
- Improve communication and teamwork skills by working on group activities.
- Develop responsible attitudes about science and how science relates to the real world.
- Gain experience in problem solving and decision making using science process skills.
- Gain experience in SET abilities.
Toys in Space?
Suit up and hop aboard the science space shuttle.
- Will a slinkly be able to slink?
- Will a boomerang return?
- Can you play basketball in space?
Play with toys and observe how the toys perform on earth, and then predict how these same toys will perform in the microgravity of space. Check your prediction as you watch the astronauts play with the toys in space. Apply your knowledge of microgravity as you design a space toy or game of your own.
Take It Further
Toys in Space II -- E-SET (Helper/Educator Guide and Youth Activities set inside folder)
Liftoff to Learning: Toys in Space II (video)
Step It Up
Pass it on! Now that you know how, share it with others. Here are ideas to get you started.
- Have a kite flying workshop.
- Demonstrate what it takes to build a model airplane.
- Compare paper airplanes, how you make them, how they work, and why.
- Complete a Service-Learning project
- Help clean-up your local airport.
- Volunteer for a Young Eagles club.
- Give others tips to fly smoothly and get through security in airports.
- Join a pilot or aerospace club.
- Hold a rocketry day camp.
- Bring your club to the local airport to learn more about airplanes and pilots.
- Agriculture & Natural Resources
- Creative Arts
- Family & Consumer Sciences
- Personal Development
- 4-H STEM Projects
- Project Helpers
4-H Aerospace Manuals
State One: Preflight
Stage Two: Lift Off
Stage Three: Reaching New Heights
State Four: Pilot in Command
Flight Crew Helper's Guide
Rockets Away! Leader's Guide
Flyable Paper Airplanes (4H85F)
Wisconsin 4-H Activities
Publications available through ISU Extension Online Store or at your County Extension Office
Science Center of Iowa
Rockets Away- Ohio 4-H
Windows to the Universe
Iowa Aviation Museum
Mid-America Air Transportation and Aviation Museum
Team America Rocket Challenge
Experimental Aircraft Association
Iowa Department of Transportation
Space Telescope Science Institute
Federal Aviation Administration
Build a rocket.
Demonstrate how weather affects flying.
Make learn to fly posters to hang around the community.
Compare birds with airplanes.
Create a typical pilot's log and tell why it's important.
Demonstrate different types of aerodynamics on kite flying.
Research hot ballons and how they work.
Make an try to use a wind glider.