Youth Rocketry Challenge

7th February 2018

MP for North West Leicestershire, Andrew Bridgen 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 Andrew Bridgen joined the UK school finalists from 2017, to find out how schools in North West Leicestershire can become this year’s champions.  

UKRoC involves the design, build and launch of a model rocket with the aim of ensuring the passenger - two raw eggs - remains intact throughout the launch and landing. The rocket must reach 800 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. It is a perfect chance for young people to have an early insight into the world of engineering, especially given that 2018 is the ‘Year of Engineering.’

The national final champions win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Farnborough International Airshow in July 2018, to represent the UK in a fly off against teams from the USA, Japan and France.

Andrew Bridgen MP said: “The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge provides students with 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 in North West Leicestershire take part in the competition and I look forward to supporting them as they reach for the sky.”

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Andrew holds regular surgeries throughout the constituency.

Forthcoming surgery dates

Friday 4th May 2018 - Coalville
Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, Leics LE67 3PH
Friday 1st June 2018 - Ashby
Ashby de la Zouch Town Council, Legion House, South Street, Ashby, Leics LE65 1BQ
Friday 29th June 2018 - Coalville
Coalville Library, High Street, Coalville, Leics LE67 3EA

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