I am encouraging local schools to compete in the UK’s largest youth model rocket competition – The UK Rocketry Challenge. Schools can register now for the chance to win an all-expenses-paid-trip to the Paris Airshow.
This week in Parliament I joined the winning UK secondary schools from 2015 and 2016, to find out how schools in Scunthorpe can become this year’s champions and perhaps even the next generation of rocket scientists.
The UK Rocketry Challenge involves the design, build and launch of a model rocket with the aim of ensuring the passenger - one raw egg - remains intact throughout the launch and landing. The rocket must reach 775 feet with specific target flight duration of 41-43 seconds. Rules governing the competition are altered every year to ensure designs can’t be repeated.
The national final champions win an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, to represent the UK in a fly off against teams from the USA, Japan and France at the Paris International Airshow in June 2017.
The UK Rocketry Challenge provides students a unique opportunity to apply what they have learnt in science, technology, engineering and maths and gain highly valued skills. The competition is a great chance for students to apply their skills creatively whilst also having a lot of fun.