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Local MP Encourages Schools to Reach for the Sky

07 Feb Local MP Encourages Schools to Reach for the Sky

Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon & East Thurrock, encourages local secondary schools to go sky high with a national rocketry competition to inspire the next generation of rocket scientists.

This week in Parliament Stephen Metcalfe joined the UK school finalists from 2017, to find out how schools in Basildon and Stanford can become this year’s champions.

The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKRoC) is UK’s largest youth model rocket competition.Schools can register now.

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.