John Baron MP congratulates James Hornsby School on reaching National Rocketry Final

June 2, 2016

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MP says Basildon students could be the next generation of rocket scientists

John Baron MP congratulates local pupils from James Hornsby School on reaching the final of the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge which took place at Stow Maries Aerodrome on Wednesday 25th May. Two teams from the school made it to the final following tough competition and impressive rocket launches.

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 – two raw eggs – back safely to the ground, without the egg cracking. The competition, now in its tenth year, encourages 11-18 year olds to learn more about maths and science and discover exciting future career opportunities in engineering.

John said:

“Congratulations to James Hornsby School on reaching the National Rocketry Final. 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. I was delighted to see James Hornsby in this year’s final and I hope to see both the school and other Basildon and Billericay schools compete in next year’s competition.”

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