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MP urges schools to build a rocket

UK Aerospace challenge shows students what fun engineering really is

Andrew Miller MP at the launch of the challenge
Andrew Miller MP at the launch of the challenge

Schools and colleges in Ellesmere Port and Neston are being encouraged by the MP to meet the deadline for entering a rocket challenge.

Andrew Miller (Lab) is backing the 2014 UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge which will see teams of students aged 11-18 design, build and launch their own rockets to a detailed specification.

In the autumn, the MP, chairman of the House of Commons science and technology select committee, took part with apprentices from the aerospace industry in a rocket launching competition next to Parliament.

The event marked the launch of the challenge which requires students to create rockets capable of achieving a target altitude of 825ft, carrying a payload of two raw medium-sized hen’s eggs.

These have to be returned safely to earth using two parachutes. Students have to work together in teams, just as aerospace engineers do.

Mr Miller said: “The event offered a fantastic opportunity to meet with some of the bright, ambitious young people who are just starting their engineering careers.

“The Rocketry Challenge is a brilliant way to show more students in the area what fun engineering really is.

“This year’s challenge is set to be bigger than ever before and I am keen to encourage schools and colleges from Ellesmere Port and Neston to enter.”

The closing date for entries is Friday, January 31.


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