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Rockets to the Rescue

October 3, 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 11, youth in Ohio County will design and build an aerodynamic craft designed to deliver a payload of food to natural disaster victims as part of 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD), the world's largest, youth-led science experiment.

The activity, called Rockets to the Rescue, was designed by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and selected as the winning experiment for the seventh annual 4-H NYSD. Youth all over the nation, and some globally, also will conduct the same experiment at hundreds of local events taking place in all 50 states.

The national rallying event for 4-H Science, 4-H NYSD is an interactive learning experience that gets youth excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and spotlights the many ways millions of youth are engaging in 4-H Science programs year-round.

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Ohio County youth will conduct the Rockets to the Rescue experiment at Oglebay Park's Site 4 and will respond to a fictional scenario: A natural disaster has left people without food on a remote, isolated Pacific island, and the youth have been asked to build a rocket that can be launched from the mainland, travel over the ocean and deliver high-energy food to the population.

The experiment combines two 4-H issue areas - science and food security - and incorporates aerospace engineering concepts to help youth design a rocket out of everyday materials, including recyclable two-liter bottles, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, rubber band and a protractor.

The event takes place at 11 a.m. Youth participants will be eligible for door prizes along with awards such as most creative design and best overall design. For a preview of the activity, visit the 4-H tent at the Ohio County Country Fair on Sunday, Oct. 5. To learn more about 4-H NYSD, visit



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