MP for North Wiltshire, James Gray has congratulated local pupils from Abbeyfield School on winning both first and second place at the national final of the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge. The team in first place will now represent the UK at the international final at the Farnborough International Airshow in July.
Two teams from Abbeyfield School made it to the national final on Wednesday following tough competition and impressive rocket launches with one team winning first place and the other coming in second place.
As part of the competition, the teams from Abbeyfield created their own 65 centimetre rocket, complete with an engine and detonator. Their challenge was to build a rocket that had a clear take-off, achieve the highest possible altitude and land its crew – two raw eggs – back safely to the ground, without the egg cracking.
The competition, now in its tenth year, encourages 11-18 year olds to learn more about maths and science and discover exciting future career opportunities in engineering.
James Gray MP said:
“Congratulations to Abbeyfield School on reaching first and second place at the National Rocketry Final. The UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge is a great way to encourage our next generation of engineers and scientists and give them hands-on experience. I was delighted to see Abbeyfield in this year’s final and am looking forward to them competing in the international final at the Farnborough International Airshow.”