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Build a rocket competition is ready for take off

25 October 2017

Budding engineers from schools across Essex can take part in a competition to build a rocket which will culminate in regional heats early next year.

Last year, Sweyne Park School in Rayleigh, Essex won the national heats in the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge and then took on America and Japan in the international competition. 

The competition will see pupils design, build and launch a model rocket and must reach a set altitude with specific total flight duration, using specified rocket kit and must adhere to specific rules set for the challenge. Local industry experts’ will be encouraged to work with school teams to help and design a rocket. 

The competition has been an annual national event since 2006 and aims to inspire young people into careers within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors. It is being run as part of the Essex County Council Education and Industry STEM programme, in conjunction with the Essex Employment and Skills Board (ESB). 

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said: “We are encouraging schools from across the county to take part in the competition and we are determined to retain the national title.

“The challenge will be educational yet fun, and with the support of industry experts, pupils can learn from local employers the skills they need and the exciting careers are available in these areas.” 

Schools can register to take part at