Could Your School build A Rocket?

Final call out to schools and youth groups from across Wales to enter ‘The Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge’.

ADS Group, leading trade association for the UK’s space industry, is putting a final call out to schools and youth groups from across Wales to enter ‘The Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge’ – the only competition of its type in the country.

As well as putting design and engineering skills to the test, the Challenge aims to encourage the next generation of rocket scientists and astronauts to become more involved with space.

Teams of up to ten design and build a motor-powered rocket which needs to take off and land without breaking its cargo of two raw eggs.

Regional Finals will be followed by a National Final in May with the winners competing against teams from the US, Japan and France at the International Final which will be held at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow.

Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Group said, “We want to encourage as many teams as possible to participate in this competition so that the UK puts forward its most talented rocket-builders at the international final, and Wales needs greater representation.  

“With Major Tim Peake currently at the International Space Station, the UK’s space industry is flying high and this is a great opportunity for young people from across Wales to get involved.

"Space is one of the UK’s most exciting and fast-growing sectors, which means lots of opportunities especially for those working to achieve qualifications in science, technology and maths.” 

Now in its tenth year, the Rocketry Challenge is a fun and engaging way to combine academic knowledge with practical skills.

The Challenge is open to any school or extra-curricular teams aged 11-18, and the rocket needs to reach an altitude as close to 850 feet and remain airborne for a minimum of 44 seconds.

Specs to meet:

  • Rockets should not be less than 65 centimetres in length

  • The motor needs to be approved – details on the UK Rocketry Challenge website

  • There is no limit on the number of teams a school or college can enter

  • While the maximum size of a team is ten, teams of four to five members is recommended. 

The deadline to submit applications to enter the Regional Finals is Friday 16th March 2016.

More info on how to apply can be found here: http://www.ukayroc.org.uk/

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