Pupils have lift off thanks to NASA help – Video

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STUDENTS have been aiming for the stars after their world record attempt got a big lift.

Pupils at Wallsend’s Churchill Community College were part of a global attempt to set a Guinness Word Record for the most number of water rockets launched in a 24-hour period.

Students at churchill Community College in Wallsend taking part in a global record breaking event for the number of water rockets launched in a 24 hour period.

Students at churchill Community College in Wallsend taking part in a global record breaking event for the number of water rockets launched in a 24 hour period.

Youngsters, with guidance from teachers, lined up their home-made rockets – created from two-litre bottles – in the school yard on Thursday morning.

The event was run in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire and NASA.

Strict guidelines were in place, including no re-using of any rocket, two independent witnesses and every launch set up, take off and landing must be videoed.

Mark Teale, assistant curriculum leader of science, said: “This type of challenge promotes science and engineering and really grabs the pupils’ attention.

“It gives them possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a world record.”

The 24 hour rocket challenge – a joint project between the University of Central Lancashire and NASA – is a celebration of the NASA-University Central Lancashire Hi-C mission.

David Baldwin, headteacher at the school, said: “This is another example of the commitment we have to science.

“Our staff are using this event along with a wide range of opportunities to help pupils see how much fun science is and inspire them to further study of the subject.”

• Click on the player above to see a video on the rocket challenge.