Front row second from right: JR Lynn. Back row far left: Roux Starr; far right: Dylan Hembrough.

Local youth attend 4-H Space Camp in Alabama

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[November 21, 2016]  Logan County 4-H members Dylan Hembrough, JR Lynn, and Roux Starr recently participated in Illinois 4-H Space Camp. Fifty Illinois 4-H members in 7th through 9th grades participated in this special opportunity Nov 10-13, 2016 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. These 4-Her’s said the experience was “out of this world” and they had a “BLAST!”

The first stop in the “Rocket City” of Huntsville, AL was at Alabama A&M University where the group was graciously hosted by Alabama 4-H staff. Illinois’ Keith Jacobs gave an engaging presentation all about “Drones.”

Next Stop: U.S. Space and Rocket Center! The 4-H slogan of “learning by doing” was exemplified by the “Pathfinder” program. 4-Her’s built and launched their own rockets, explored the history of aerospace from Archimedes to NASA, and tested several simulators including the Five Degrees of Freedom Chair and the Multi-Axis Trainer.

Dylan Hembrough experiences the Multi-Axis Trainer

4-Her’s had to apply this learning in a simulated shuttle mission where each member of the team had an assigned role. The crew had to work together to complete the mission and arrive home safely!

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Roux Starr states “I learned there were ten missions sent into space before a human was ever sent”; Dylan Hembrough adds “I learned to how to ignite rockets we made that shot very high”; and JR Lynn says “I learned to work together with other "crew" members I just met and also learned to laugh with my crewmates when things didn't go quite as planned.”

4-Her’s experienced all this and more at Illinois 4-H Space Camp 2016! To learn more about 4-H, contact the Logan County 4-H Office at 732-8289.

About 4-H:

Illinois 4-H strives to help youth learn skills for living. University of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois. Illinois 4-H aims to impact the lives of 200,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programming.

[Patty Huffer
Extension Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Extension]


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