National Youth Science Day

Rockets to the Rescue

Millions of young people are becoming scientists for the day during the seventh annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD). This event, taking place in urban, suburban and rural communities all across the nation, seeks to spark an early youth interest and leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers in an effort keep America competitive in those fields.

The national 4-H NYSD event will take place on October 8, 2014.

The University of Arizona developed the 2014 National Science Experiment: Rockets to the Rescue!  Students will build and launch their own rockets and learn about rocket science and aerospace engineering.  Find a local 4-H NYSD event near you or  learn more about the experiment.

Currently, more than five million young people across the nation participate in 4-H STEM programming in topics as varied as robotics, agricultural science, rocketry, wind power, environmental science and alternative energy.

For more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching young people about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 4-H National Youth Science Day is the premier national rallying event for year-round 4-H STEM programming, bringing together youth, volunteers and educators from the nation’s 109 land-grant colleges and universities to simultaneously complete the National Science Experiment.

4-H Works!

Young people in 4-H excel beyond their peers. According to a longitudinal study conducted by Dr. Richard Lerner at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, when compared to their peers, young people involved in 4-H:

  • Report higher levels of academic competence and an elevated level of engagement at school,
  • Are more likely to plan to go to college, and are
  • Two times more likely to participate in STEM learning programs during out-of-school time.


The Experiment – Rockets to the Rescue

This year, youth will be tasked with the same mission: in light of the recent natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, National 4-H Council is asking youth to design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims. Youth will learn engineering concepts, develop math skills, learn about nutrition and help solve a relevant, global issue.


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If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact Heather Kent or Karen Blyler