4-H Space Exploration

About the Activities

Explore the wonders of Space with easy at home experiments and short educational instructional videos. These activities were developed to take place over the course of a few days, relying on kids' natural curiosity to learn. 


Grades: 3-5
Topic: STEM, Aerospace
Estimated Time: 30 minutes per activity


Brought to you by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension & Utah State University Extension

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Click on the titles below to view the supplies needed to complete each activity.  All supplies needed can be found in or around the house.

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Reflection Questions

Questions for your kids and teens.

  1. Why is it important to test and make adaptions when conducting science experiments?
  2. How can germinating seeds without soil be useful to our everyday lives here on earth?
  3. What is an example of something that has proven accuracy in our everyday lives here on earth?
  4. Why do you think it important to observe and collect data when conducting science experiments?
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Investigate and Explore

Take what you've learned to the next level to learn more and explore the possibilities.


Since space exploration first began, scientists have been conducting experiments and gathering data - just like you! Your interest in space could lead you to study aerospace engineering, agriculture, physics, health, and nutrition.


One day, you could be a nutritionist monitoring an astronaut's health to ensure they receive the right combination of nutrients during long-term spaceflight. You could work as a chemist and experiment with fertilizer formulas to add the right amount of nutrients to plants to help astronauts grow vegetables on the International Space Station.


STEM careers are all around us!


Shop 4-H Curriculum and Products

Shop4-H.org offers university-backed STEM curriculum, educational kits, products and supplies to expand your knowledge of space, rocketry and more.


Mars Base Camp Kit

Grades: 3-8


Featuring four hands-on activities that can be enjoyed with or without internet access and individually or all together, the challenge teaches kids STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science and agriculture.


Family Kit: Includes materials for 1-4 youth.

Educator Kit: Includes materials for 12 youth.


Due to the overwhelming demand of the Mars Base Camp Kit, please allow 3-4 weeks for this item to ship after purchase.

$15.95 | $23.95


Mars Base Camp Rover

Grades: 3-8


Youth will use engineering skills to build a vehicle that can explore the surface of Mars, while participating in the Mars Base Camp Red Planet Odyssey unplugged activity. Each rover comes with assembly instructions and screwdriver. Batteries not included, takes 2 AA batteries.



Inspire Kids to Do STEM Tee

This 4-H STEM-centric tee features icons related to rocketry, chemistry, mathematics, and robotics, and it harnesses the fun and creativity that are central to all STEM project areas, including these and many more!


Offered in adult sizes only.



Aerospace Pin

Once you've completed your Mars Base Camp or Aerospace mission, you've earned the right to display your accomplishment proudly with your 4-H Aerospace pin.


5/8" x 3/4", antiqued finish medal.



Marshmallow Rocket Kit

Grades: Pre-K - 3


In this 4-H Cloverbud activity, youth learn the basics of rockets and astronauts and will build a model rocket out of marshmallows.


Comes with an 8-page activity booklet and an inflatable space shuttle.



Aerospace Curriculum

Grades: 1-12


The Aerospace Adventures curriculum deepens knowledge and understanding of aerospace while youth complete a series of fun, hands-on activities they can complete at home.


Set includes Aerospace Adventures Levels 1-4 plus the Helper's Guide.


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