Boys aim high with rocket challenge

The Whitley Bay High School 2012 team in the finals at Bruntingthorpe Airfield.
The Whitley Bay High School 2012 team in the finals at Bruntingthorpe Airfield.
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A TEAM of teenage space enthusiasts are looking for donations to help them compete in next year’s UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge.

Whitley Bay High School’s UKAYRoC team of sixth formers Chris Blyth, Matt Escott, Tom Kay and Liam Dawes need to raise £450 to pay for materials for their rocket designs and are looking for corporate sponsors.

The 16-year-olds have already taken part in the challenge once before, while still in lower school, designing and constructing a rocket propelled launch vehicle, capable of taking two raw hens eggs to an altitude of exactly 800ft and return them safely to the ground within 43 to 47 seconds.

Points were awarded for every foot above or below 800ft and for times outside of the designated landing window, with the lowest overall score winning.

After almost a year of hard work, their rocket won fifth place nationally as well as landing the 2012 Innovation Award for its unique drag induction system.

In the 2013 competition, the team aim to draw on their experiences from last year’s challenge, as well as their personal achievements with the United Kingdom Rocketry Association And British Model Flying Association.

Anyone interested in assisting the boys in taking part in next year’s competition can contact team captain Matt Escott at matt1110@hotmail.co.uk or on 07955 528 218.