Newry school takes part in country wide rocket competition

Declan McAteer Posted by
Monday, March 26th, 2012

A local Newry school has taken part in a Northern Ireland-wide competition with the aim of winning a trip to NASA. The competition set a challenge to design, construct and launch a rocket carrying two medium sized hen eggs. The rocket was then set the task of reaching an altitude of 800ft and returning to the ground within 43-47 seconds, with the eggs undamaged.

Our Lady’s Grammar competed with schools from Dundonald, Belfast and Derry, with Longstone Special School from Dundonald winning to become the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry champions.

A teacher from the winning school said, “We are delighted to win the NI Rocket Challenge today, the students are buzzing with joy. It has been real engineering challenge and a lot of fun at the same time.”

The winning school will now move to the next round of the competition where it will face teams from countries such as the United States and Japan.

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