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4-H Youth Development


This project will help young people learn science, technology and engineering through 4-H.  Learn how to build rockets and robots and explore space through astronomy. There are also opportunities to learn more about unmanned aerial systems (drones). Youth may also gain experiences in computer building, repair and networking.  Experience the thrill of setting off rockets, developing robots and flying a drone.

Kansas 4-H SpaceTech Overview PowerPoint  (PDF)


Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Ages 7-9

  • How a model rocket works
  • Equipment and procedures for a safe launch
  • Build at least one skill-level-one rocket

Ages 10-13

  • Build at least one skill-level-two rocket
  • Learn the Model Rocket Safety Code
  • Learn basic parts of a rocket

Ages 14 and Older

  • Model rocket launch systems
  • Engine types and classification
  • Art of the payload launch


  • History of telescopes
  • Kinds and uses of telescopes
  • Build a simple telescope
  • Learn planet order by making a key ring bead system
  • View solar videos
  • Build spectroscopes
  • Distort light with lenses and prisms
  • Learn display tips and how to set up public viewings


  • Learn about robot arms
  • Learn about robots with legs, wheels or under water
  • Explore sensors, analog and digital systems
  • Build basic circuits
  • Design a robot
  • Program a robot to accomplish a specific task


Ages 7 and Up (Newbie Know-How)

  • Identify and use the basic components of a computer
  • Identify the similarities and differences in office software applications
  • Learn to use the internet safely

Ages 9 and Up (Newbie Know-How)

  • Identify internal computer components, operating systems and their processes
  • Develop a knowledge of the building, maintenance and repair of computer

Ages 11 and Up (Peer to Peer)

  • Learn the protocols and program languages that support networking
  • Learn how to avoid viruses and hacking while networking

Ages 13 and Up (Teens Teaching Technology)

  • Develop computer-related community service goals
  • Plan and teach computer skills to diverse populations

Unmanned Aerial Systems (Commonly referred as Drones)

  • Focuses on using Unmanned Aerial Systems to enhance our lives
  • Typical projects include: scratch built “drones”, aerial field surveys, site exploration, aerial acrobatics, pasture/field management and educational displays

Project Materials and Resources

Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office.

Rocketry (ST100)

Astronomy (ST101)

Robotics (ST102)

Geospatial GPS/GIS (ST103)
Click on the link for the below title: 4-H Geospatial Resource

  • Geospatial - Exploring Spaces, Going Places (CD only)

Computers (ST104)
Click on the link for the below titles: 4-H Computer Manuals (Print only)

  • Newbie Know How - CPU Supplement (7-9 years old)
  • CPU 1:  Inside the Box (10-11 years old)
  • CPU 2:  Peer to Peer (12-13 years old)
  • CPU 3:  Teens Teaching Tech - (14-18 years old)

Unmanned Aerial Systems (New curriculum coming by late 2019)

General Space Tech Resources

Project Leader Resources

Events and Activities

Cosmosphere 4-H Drone and Robot Olympics

Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

State Level 
Award: Medallion
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship
Donor: Kansas 4-H Foundation Patron Sponsor Fund

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