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4-H club takes part in Rockets to the Rescue experiment

Students from A 5th H 4-H Homeschool Club conducted the Rockets to the Rescue experiment last week at Gloucester’s Beaverdam Park as part of 4-H National Youth Science Day, the world’s largest youth-led science experiment.

The activity combines 4-H science and food security studies with  aerospace engineering concepts to help youth design a rocket out of everyday materials, including recyclable two-liter bottles, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, rubber bands and a protractor.

Members led by club president Daniel Herman designed an aerodynamic craft to deliver a payload of food. They were solving a fictional scenario: A natural disaster left people without food on a remote Pacific island, and they were asked to build a rocket that could be launched from the mainland, travel over the ocean and deliver high-energy food.

The Rockets to the Rescue activity was designed by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and selected as the winning experiment for the seventh annua...

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