UK Youth Rocketry Challenge winners claim Paris prize

rockets300A team of students aged between 14 and 15 from The Royal Liberty School fought off competition from more than 70 schools up and down the country to claim their prize as the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) winners – an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland Paris and an exclusive tour of the Airbus A380 facility in Toulouse.

Each of the 20 competing teams was required to design, construct and successfully launch a rocket containing a raw hen’s egg to an altitude of 750 feet and return it safely to earth.

Graham Chisnall, deputy CEO of aerospace trade organisation, ADS group, said the initiative aimed to ignite enthusiasm for the sector from bright young talent across the UK. “It’s a tough competition but the rocket launches have been really impressive and The Royal Liberty School team deserves special congratulations for its achievement in becoming the UK national winner,” he added.

Matthew Batson, Luke Chandler, Dumitru Vulper, Chandler Benstock and Josh Compton from The Royal Liberty School represented the UK at the International Rocketry Challenge against the US and French winning teams at the Paris Airshow. The international final was won by the USA team – Georgetown 4-H with a height of 703 feet, and a flight time of 49 seconds.

The UKAYRoC, organised by ADS Group, is sponsored by Chemring, Rolls-Royce and Siemens. The challenge provides secondary school student teams (three to five members), aged between 11 and 18 with a realistic experience in designing a flying aerospace vehicle that meets a specified set of mission and performance requirements.  Students are required to work together in teams, just as aerospace engineers do.  The challenge is not intended to be easy, but it is well within the capabilities of secondary school students with a good background in science and maths, and some craftsmanship skills.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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