MP says Basildon and Billericay students could be the next generation of rocket scientists
John Baron MP has congratulated local pupils from James Hornsby School on winning the national final of the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge which took place at Stow Maries Aerodrome in Essex last week. Two teams from James Hornsby School made it to the final, with Team Terminator winning first place following an impressive rocket launch.
As part of the competition, the teams from James Hornsby created their own 65 centimetre rocket, complete with an engine and detonator. Their challenge was to build a rocket that had a clear take-off, achieve the highest possible altitude and land its crew – a hard-boiled egg – back safely to the ground, without the egg cracking.
The competition, now in its ninth year, encourages 11-18 year olds to learn more about maths and science and discover exciting future career opportunities in engineering.
“Congratulations to James Hornsby School on reaching both the National and International Rocketry Finals. The UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge is a great way to encourage our next generation of engineers and scientists and give them hands-on experience. We wish James Hornsby’s team the best of luck in the international final at the Paris airshow next week.”