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Magherafelt pupils crowned NI aerospace champions

The winning team from Rainey Endowed School who have secured a place at the UK National Finals of the UK Rocketry Challenge.

The winning team from Rainey Endowed School who have secured a place at the UK National Finals of the UK Rocketry Challenge.

A team of highly talented students from Rainey Endowed School in Magherafelt, sponsored by Moyola Precision Engineering, have won the Northern Ireland final of the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) at a nail-biting final comprising seven schools at RLC (UK) in Crumlin.

The prestigious annual competition is designed to encourage more young people to consider careers in the aerospace industry and is organised by aerospace trade association ADS Group.

Each of the competing teams was required to design, construct and successfully launch a rocket, carrying two raw hen’s eggs to an altitude of 825ft, in a rocket weighing no more than 650 grams, and return the eggs safely to ground within 48-50 seconds.

The challenge provides secondary school student teams, 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 have 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.

David Beatty, Chairman of ADS Northern Ireland, said: “I congratulate all the schools that took part in today’s competition.

“Encouraging young people towards these subjects is vital for the future success of Northern Ireland.

“As our economy becomes more focused on advanced manufacturing it is crucial that we have people with skills and qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths.” Mr Beatty wished Rainey Endowed every success.

Rainey School has secured a place at the National Finals of the UK Rocketry Challenge.

The winner of the National Finals wins an all-expenses paid aerospace trip to Airbus in Toulouse and will represent the UK at the International Rocketry Challenge against the US and French winning teams at the Farnborough International Airshow in July.

 

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