MP for North Wiltshire, James Gray, is encouraging local schools to compete in the UK’s largest youth model rocket competition – The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKRoC).
This week in Parliament Mr Gray joined the winning UK secondary schools from 2015 and 2016, including Abbeyfield School from Chippenham, to find out how other schools in North Wiltshire can become this year’s champions.
UKRoC 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.
Mr Gray said: “The UK Youth 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.
“It was great to welcome Abbeyfield School’s Rocketry teams to Parliament, and I hope that other local schools may follow their example and take part in the competition. I look forward to supporting them as they reach for the sky.”