MP for North East Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt, is encouraging local schools to compete in the UK’s largest youth model rocket competition – The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge. 

This week in Parliament Alistair joined the winning UK secondary schools from 2015 and 2016 to find out how schools in North East Bedfordshire can become this year’s champions. 

The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge involves the design, build and launch of a model rocket with the aim of ensuring the passenger - one raw egg - remains intact throughout the launch and landing. The rocket must reach 775 feet with specific target flight duration of 41-43 seconds. Rules governing the competition are altered every year to ensure designs can’t be repeated. 

The national final champions win an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, to represent the UK in a fly off against teams from the USA, Japan and France at the Paris International Airshow in June 2017. The deadline to register is 28th February.

Alistair said:

The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge provides students with a unique opportunity to apply what they have learnt in science, technology, engineering and maths and gain highly valued skills.

The competition is a great chance for students to apply their skills creatively whilst also having a lot of fun. I hope that our region will be represented in the competition and encourage the local schools in NE Bedfordshire to take part.