Welcome 4-H National Youth Science Day participants!

Continue your engineering exploration by taking what you’ve learned one step further, and bring the 2014 National Science Experiment, “Rockets to the Rescue,” to life with cool technology from Autodesk. Check out the contest winners!



Autodesk partners with National 4-H Council and the University of Arizona to provide 4-H National Youth Science Day participants with interactive aerospace engineering activities using the latest Autodesk 3D design software and training resources for free*—so young people can take their innovation and Design Thinking skills to the next level.

Autodesk has what you need to become a superhero in aerospace engineering and help save the world.

In support of the 2014 National Science Experiment, Autodesk is extending the fun by providing activities that further your understanding of aerospace engineering concepts with an artistic twist. You can complete Activities 4 and 5 right here on this page. Note that you can select which Activities you want to do, in any order you choose. To access Activities 1 – 3, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website.

Activity 4: Fly through the air with the greatest of ease

In this activity, you will compare the aerodynamics of different styles of rockets by analyzing the air flow around them. Using the same 3D design software used by professional engineers, you will analyze three rocket designs and evaluate the various effects of wind resistance and air pressure in order to determine which design is the most efficient and aerodynamic.

You can access Autodesk® Flow Design software on a computer or laptop for free!* Just follow the steps below to get started.

Step 1: Click here to download the zip folder to your computer :NYSD_FlowDesign_Files_2.zip. This folder contains the instruction guides and 3D files you will need to complete this activity:

  • Activity instructional guides in PDF format:
    • Facilitator Guide: NYSD_FlowDesign_Guide_FACILITATOR.pdf
    • Youth Guide: NYSD_FlowDesign_Guide_YOUTH.pdf
  • Software installation guide in PDF format:
    • NYSD_FlowDesign_Installation.pdf
  • Folder containing 3D Rocket model files:
    • Rocket Style 1.stl
    • Rocket Style 2.stl
    • Rocket Style 3.stl

Step 2: Unzip the folder.

  • Because the folder is in a compressed format for easier sharing, you will first need to extract the files (unzip) from the zip folder.
  • Locate the zip folder that you downloaded in Step 1.
  • To extract the entire contents of the compressed folder, right-click the folder, click Extract All, and then select a destination folder so you can find them easily.
  • When you have finished extraction, open the destination folder to find the instruction guides and 3D files you will need to complete this activity.

Step 3: Open the instructional guide (FACILITATOR or YOUTH version in PDF format) on your computer screen and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to complete this activity. Note that in order to view the links to the videos in the guides, you need to be connected to the internet. If you need help downloading and installing Flow Design to your computer or laptop, please refer to the PDF installation guide.

Activity 5: Your mission: report your stories from the launch pad

Everyone loves to tell a good story – from youth exploring their creativity to professional engineers documenting their designs. Your experience with 4-H NYSD is exciting and we want to hear about it. Make storytelling even more fun by using technology – take pictures on your mobile phone or tablet and edit them with the Pixlr® Express app to share your story in a cool and creative way.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to take lots of photos as you participate in 4-H NYSD!

Step 1: Download the Facilitator and Youth instructional activity guides (in PDF format):

Step 2: Get the free* Pixlr Express app for your mobile phone or tablet. Open this page on your mobile device and follow the correct link to download the app:

Step 3: Return to the instructional guide (FACILITATOR or YOUTH version in PDF format) and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to complete this activity. Note that in order to view the links to the videos in the guides, you need to be connected to the internet.

One Giant Leap for Experience Contest 

THIS  CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.  THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!

Congratulations to the winners of the Autodesk One Giant Leap for Experience contest! Their excellent work and thoughtful answers were inspirational. We hope all of you who participated will continue to design and create amazing things.

Grand Prize: Ian S., Pennsylvania

First Prize: Aiden B., California

Second Prize: Joshua L., California

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Back to NYSD home

Thanks for helping to design a better world with Autodesk. We hope you had fun exploring what it’s like to be an engineer, and we look forward to seeing you in our next generation of professional designers! Click here to return to the 4-H NYSD website.