Derek Thomas MP encourages schools to go sky high with national rocketry competition

Derek Thomas MP for is encouraging local schools to compete in the UK’s largest youth model rocket competition – The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKRoC).

This week in Parliament Mr Thomas joined the winning UK secondary schools from 2015 and 2016, to find out how schools in West Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly can become this year’s champions.

UKRoC involves the design, build and launch of a model rocket with the aim of ensuring the passenger - one raw egg - remains intact throughout the launch and landing. The rocket must reach 775 feet with specific target flight duration of 41-43 seconds. Rules governing the competition are altered every year to ensure designs can’t be repeated.

The national final champions win an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, to represent the UK in a fly off against teams from the USA, Japan and France at the Paris International Airshow in June 2017.

Derek Thomas MP said: “The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge provides students a unique opportunity to apply what they have learnt in science, technology, engineering and maths and gain highly valued skills.

“The competition is a great chance for students to apply their skills creatively whilst also having a lot of fun.

“I hope local schools across West Cornwall take part in the competition and I look forward to supporting them as they reach for the sky.”

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