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.
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.