A 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.
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