Read also about the NAR CAP partnership here civil air patrol partnership.
In May 2007 the NAR and 4-H initiated a national partnership. The purpose of this alignment is to get more kids to fly rockets and form rocket clubs which will lead to more TARC teams, more people joining NAR and more kids becoming scientists and engineers. The partnership has been very successful with a 4-H team from Georgetown, Texas winning first place and becoming the international champions in 2013. The TARC team’s rocket is on display at the Seattle Museum of Flight as part of the NAR model rocket exhibit.
To NAR members and section leaders, this partnership means that there should be 4-H people looking for you to help them fly rockets. This may be for forming a TARC team, or just to get started in learning about the sport. Be receptive when they call. NAR sections should likewise be looking for local 4-H groups with special invitations for them to come to their launches and meetings. Perhaps NAR members can visit them to talk about rocketry or do demo launches. There are many 4-H adult volunteers that are experienced in running youth activities and can help with the logistics and operations of launches. 4-H groups may also have access to large fields on which to fly.
Together 4-H clubs and NAR sections can hold sport, contest or TARC launches. They can have training and building sessions, or work on science fair and engineering challenges using rocketry. 4-H has many ‘state fair’ events that need innovative ideas for student projects. In serving young people 4-H and NAR can both elevate the visibility of one another in their mutual community. Connect to 4H starting with this science page link.
If you are an NAR member who would like to start or support a local 4-H rocketry club, click find 4-H; to find and contact your local 4-H office.
4-H Rocketry News
The Kansas 4-H SpaceTech Action Team is responsible for the rocketry program as well as many other STEM based programs- http://www.kansas4-h.org/projects/science-engineering-and-technology/spacetech/index.html
Olympic Peninsula Rocketry 4-H is very active in Washington state- http://www.4hrockets.blogspot.com/
Kenosha Co WI 4-H announces 2017 rocket meeting dates – http://kenosha.uwex.edu/youth-development/4-h/model-rocketry/
4-H rocketry classes sponsored and supported by the Colorado Springs Rocket Society (COSROCS), http://www.cosrocs.org/htmlpages/classes_info.html
What’s your 4-H rocket group doing? Send the link to your site to 4-H news for us to post it here.
The NAR has a wide range of online resources that are immediately useful to 4-H youth group leaders in organizing and running rocketry programs. These are all gathered together on the “Resources for Teachers and Youth Group Leaders” web page.
Other 4-H rocketry resources are at these links-
4-H Ohio State Rockets Away Guidebooks http://www.ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/4-h-science/science-alive-4-h-school-enrichment/rockets-away
4-H Oklahoma State Rocketry Lessons http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/scitech/rockets.htm
4-H Colorado State Rocketry Project Manuals http://www.colorado4h.org/project_resources/clover_guide/psg-gnr/master.php?grab=modelrocketry and their Master Blasters Rocketry Program http://denverext.colostate.edu/4h/rocketry.html
4-H Penn State youth rocketry program guidebooks http://extension.psu.edu/4-h/members/projects-resources/scienceengineering/rocketry
The NAR point of contact for this partnership is Vince Huegele.