Explore the universe and see what the galaxy has to offer through the 4-H rocketry and aerospace project. 4-H members learn about the latest in aerospace technology as well as explore the fundamentals of rocketry such as lift, drag, and other factors that affect rocket design. Youth have the opportunity to explore various designs of rockets as well as build their own rockets through supplies found in home or commercial rocket kits. Youth will:
Develop an interest and understanding of STEM.
Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Improve communication and teamwork skills by working in collaboration with other members.
Develop an appreciation for how space exploration benefits life on Earth.
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Technology is everywhere! How can we prepare preschool-age children for a future that hasn’t been invented yet? Explore research and trends in technology to make the teaching and learning process more engaging. Discover strategies to help children learn science, engineering, and mathematics using more than just computers.
Children identify a problem, use stuff to make stuff that does stuff to solve the problem. Learn about research related to engineering design with preschoolers and ideas/activities to encourage and support children in becoming junior engineers. Planning, building, and testing out are the engineering skills of the future.
Developmentally appropriate preschool STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences give young children opportunities to develop divergent thinking, problem solving, and cause and effect. Experiences have great potential to affect brain development during the crucial early childhood window of opportunity.
Preschool children are capable of understanding concepts of living and non-living things. Explore ways to support children’s observation skills related to the life sciences. Delve into inquiry-based learning activities to encourage critical thinking. Use STEM concepts to test theories on living things and non-living things.
Using inquiry-based learning, engage preschoolers in developmentally appropriate critical thinking about earth and objects in the sky, what happens during changes in the earth and sky and how children demonstrate care for the environment. Learn to guide children’s scientific thinking about light, shadows, sun and rainbows.
Going beyond counting and using numbers is important for preschool children. Geometry, spatial relations and shape, processes and developmental stages of measurement, and how preschoolers develop understanding of classifying, graphing, and patterning are explored. Classroom tasks with instructions are given.