BOONE, Iowa—Each spring, youth are invited to join the Aerospace Interest Group in Boone County and learn how to build and launch a model rocket. The program is open to any boy or girl who is in the 4th grade or older and interested in aerospace. Youth do not have to be in 4-H to register and participate.
First year members will build and launch an Alpha rocket. Second year members will build a Big Bertha rocket; 3rd year members – Bull Pup rocket; 4th year members – Guardian (a multi-fin rocket); 5th year members – Astron Elliptic II, and 6th year and above – to be announced.
On Saturday mornings, April 26 and May 3, three groups will meet at the Boone County Extension Office at 603 Story Street in Boone to build their rockets. First year members will meet from 9 to 10:15 am; 2nd, 3rd and 4th year members will meet from 10:30 – 11:30 am; and 5th and above will meet from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
On May 31, the groups will meet at the Commercial Building at the Boone County fairgrounds to sand, prime and learn tips for the final painting of their model rockets and review the basics of launching. On June 22, weather permitting; families are invited to see the judging and launching of the completed rockets at the east parking lot of the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Registration forms are available from the Boone County Extension Office at 603 Story Street or by calling 515/432-3882 or on the website www.extension.iastate.edu/boone Pre-registration and payment of a fee to cover the cost of the rocket and supplies to build and launch the rocket are required. The beginners’ group is limited to 18 participants.
Beginners will learn the parts of a rocket including, nose cone, body tube, fins, engine, and recovery system; the basics of launch, flight and forces; and model rocket safety.
Aerospace Interest Group is sponsored by Boone County Iowa State University Extension. Adult volunteer leaders for the Aerospace Interest Group are Ramona Stare and Duane Wikey.