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4-H launches into National Youth Science Day
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Above is the sixth-grade group from the Effingham 4-H Rockets to the Rescue, which was part of the 4-H National Youth Science Day. - photo by Photo provided

It’s not rocket science, or maybe it is …

Effingham 4-H’ers launched into Rockets to the Rescue, the national science experiment as part of 4-H National Youth Science Day. The project emphasized aerospace engineering while incorporating lessons related to math, science and physics.

4-H’ers were given a fictional scenario, with real-life parallels. They were told a terrible tsunami had wiped out an entire island’s resources, and it was up to them to design a rocket with a food source inside and launch it to the survivors.

A make-believe island with a target point was set up for the engineers to test their skills. Imaginations took off, as the students designed their soda bottle launchers and tested their rockets for accuracy.

“The competition was fierce, as teams contended for the first-place award,” said 4-H program assistant Faith Jaudon. “This was a fun yet educational activity for all the participants.”

For more information regarding the Effingham County 4-H program, contact the Extension office at 754-8040.