New rocket challenge for UK schools - closing date 17 December

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New rocket challenge for UK schools - closing date 17 December

Postby Graham Southorn » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:00 pm

Are you 11-18 years old and want to launch a rocket? Find out more at closing date 17 Dec.

Here's more info - received this morning:


Event harnesses interest of maths & science students plus highlights careers in aerospace

A|D|S, the UK’s AeroSpace, Defence and Security trade organisation today (Monday) launched the 2011 UK Schools Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC).

The annual challenge aims to harness the interest of young people in science and maths at school through a practical, teamwork-based application of their studies with a significant prize for the winner as an added incentive. The challenge also aims to inform the teachers and students who take part about the excellent careers available in the UK aerospace sector and in wider high-tech engineering industries. Teams from schools throughout the UK are invited to participate with students from 11 to 18 years of age being eligible. The challenge will attract teams from every area of the UK, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The date for the UK Rocketry Challenge Finals will be 11 May 2011 at the Royal Logistic Corps Territorial Army Headquarters in Grantham, Lincolnshire. The winners will go on to fly their rocket against the winning teams from similar competitions in France and the US during the Paris Air Show that takes place from the 20 to 26 June 2011. The UK winners were crowned world champions in 2008 and 2009 with the US winning this year’s international challenge at the Farnborough International Airshow in July.

Chemring Group PLC has agreed to continue their Platinum Sponsorship of the Rocketry Challenge for a further three years. Additional sponsors will be announced on the UKAYRoC website in due course. Sponsors in previous years have included Rolls-Royce, Raytheon, GKN and Lockheed Martin.

Schools interested in getting involved should go to The closing date for entries is 17 December 2010.

Ian Godden, Chairman of A|D|S, said:

“I am delighted to invite all schools in the UK to consider entering the challenge as part of their science studies. Having been involved in the event annually since 2008 I can assure any school thinking of taking part that not only does the challenge supplement existing science learning in the classroom with enjoyable practical activities but that it also delivers positive teamwork skills along with interaction with an industry that could provide young people with highly-rewarding future careers. I would encourage each school to find out which aerospace, defence and security companies are active in their area to see local engagement with them. There are 3,000 such companies, large and small, scattered throughout the UK.”

Dr Mike Shovlin, physics teacher at Horsforth School in Leeds, said:

"Our school has participated in the UKAYRoC competition for the last three years, and interest within the school has grown significantly each year - we now have 20 students involved in the rocketry program. The benefits for the students who have been and are still involved are enormous. As twice winners of UKAYRoC, 8 of our students have benefitted from once-in-a-lifetime holidays to the USA with the chance to visit NASA and meet real astronauts. But the real benefits extend far beyond just that. Our students have had the opportunity to develop their team working, engineering and problem solving skills and craftsmanship, use computer aided design software and be involved in a substantial engineering design and build project. For many students it has cemented their interest in pursuing a career in science or engineering, and in some cases it has diverted their aspirational career path as they have been inspired by their rocketry experience. As a teacher, I have seen how this competition can inspire young people and change their outlook on their own future. It acts as a foundation stone for securing our future scientists and engineers, by encouraging participation in a challenging and fun opportunity. Long may it grow and continue!"

Mr Godden continued:

“The aerospace industry, which is expected to grow substantially in the next few years, also has a keen interest in attracting young people to the sector. In the UK we employ over 100,000 people across the whole of the country but our workforce is aging. To sustain our global success, estimated to be worth around £352 billion to the UK economy to 2028, we need to ensure a steady flow of high-quality young people continue to choose roles in aerospace.

“We are also very grateful to our sponsors for their continued support, without which the event could not take place and, more importantly for the winners, without which there would be no prize. I thank them all for their participation that has ensured that the challenge has gone from strength to strength over the years.”

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