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Team Blasts Off At UKAYRoC

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A team of six Boys’ Division pupils travelled to Elvington Aerodrome to take part in the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC). Designed to encourage teamwork, creativity and innovation, this Rocketry Competition organised by ADS Group is open to all students aged 11-18. Harry Bentham, Tom Fox, Ahmed Kotwal, Max Sibson-Finch, Jacob Stevenson and Sami Waheed represented Bolton School in the North Regional Final of the competition.

Working together, they had to build a model rocket at least 65 centimetres in length which was motor-powered using approved motors and capable of both staying airborne for 45 seconds and reaching a target altitude of 850 feet. The competition also has a further requirement: the rocket must take off and land while safely carrying two raw eggs on board, which must remain intact throughout!

The boys managed two flights on the day with slightly different rockets. The first reached an altitude of 973 feet and a total time of 53 seconds.

However, on the second run with a different motor, disaster struck: the 15g acceleration on lift-off caused the engine mount to break loose and the rocket buckled. It unfortunately broke apart moments after launch.

Nevertheless, the boys really enjoyed the experience of taking part in UKAYRoC. They put their science, engineering and maths skills to the test and had fun building and launching their own model rockets.

 

The Boys’ Division Head of Technology, Mr Walker, has uploaded some videos of the boys’ rocket launches. Click on the links below to view:

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The Bolton School team: Max, Sami, Harry, Jacob, Ahmed, and Tom holding one of their rockets

The Bolton School team: Max, Sami, Harry, Jacob, Ahmed, and Tom holding one of their rockets

The launch team with one of the rockets built by the group

The launch team with one of the rockets built by the group

The team and Mr Walker with the remains of the exploded rocket

The team and Mr Walker with the remains of the exploded rocket