Boston Spa students reach for sky in rocket contest

Boston Spa High School pupils
Boston Spa High School pupils
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Students in Boston Spa found their studies really taking off after launching a rocket.

Pupils at Boston Spa Comprehensive School reached the finals of a national rocket launching competition last week.

A team of A-level students came ninth after taking part against 20 schools across the UK Aerospace Youth Rockety Challenge on Tuesday.

The students mission was to place a single raw egg inside their home-made rocket, launch it 750ft into the atmosphere, and bring it back to earth in 45 seconds- without breaking the egg.

Josh Claxton, who was one of several science students who took part in the project, said: “It was a great opportunity for us to be involved in a national competition and I really enjoyed taking part in this event, reaching the final 20. It is the first time we have done anything like this in class before.

“The launch went pretty well and it was good experience for me as I would like a career in the rocket industry- this is the perfect training for it.”

The students, who made their rocket out of a combination of polystyrene and cardboard, managed to achieve a height of 651 feet in a total of 39 seconds at the competition event last Tuesday.

Science teacher Steve Hugill was delighted with the teams efforts. He said: “This is the first year we have entered this competition and I am delighted that a team has reached the UK final. The students’ commitment and dedication to the success of the project is fantastic.”

The winning team, from Worksop College in Nottinghamshire, will now go on to the international finals in Paris on June 24.