UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge 2013

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The UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) is calling for budding scientists and engineers to take part in its 2013 competition which is now open for entries.

Each team of between three and five members aged 11-18 will be required to design and build a rocket to exacting specifications, launching and safely landing a fragile payload of two raw hen’s eggs.

Last year, 20 teams from all over the country made their way to the national final, which took place in Farnborough, Hampshire. The event saw a team of five students from The Royal Liberty School in Romford beat the competition to win a place in the international final at the Paris Airshow 2013 and an all-expenses paid trip to Paris and the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse.

The UKAYRoC is organised by aerospace trade organisation ADS Group, Space Connections and the Royal Aeronautical Society. The challenge provides secondary school student teams (three to five members), aged between 11 and 18 with a realistic experience in designing a flying aerospace vehicle that meets a specified set of mission and performance requirements.  Students are required to work together in teams, just as aerospace engineers do.  The challenge is not intended to be easy, but it is well within the capabilities of secondary school students with a good background in science and maths, and some craftsmanship skills.

Regional winners will go forward to take part in the UK final which will take place in May 2014. The overall UK winners will represent their country at the International Rocketry Challenge against the US and French winning teams at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014.

More information on UKAYRoC is available at www.ukayroc.org

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