UK Aerospace challenge shows students what fun engineering really is
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.