BE2 in flight


Rockets in flight at Stow Maries

The Rocket finals


On Wednesday 25 May Stow Maries in Maldon hosted the 10th UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge National Finals. It is a fantastic completion aimed at students aged 11 – 18 from secondary schools, colleges and higher education to design, build and launch a model rocket with a fragile payload.

After three rounds against 33 other teams, Abbeyfield School, from Chippenham in Wiltshire, came out on top to win a place at the international final. Abbeyfield School now face teams from the USA, Japan and France, who have each competed in their own national rocketry competitions. The international final will be held at Farnborough International Airshow on Friday 15 July 2016.

Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Group, who organised the event, said:

“Congratulations to Abbeyfield School for winning the UKAYRoC national finals. They carry the nation’s hopes on their shoulders as they go forward to represent the UK against teams from the USA, France and Japan.”

Here at Stow Maries we’d like to wish Abbeyfield School the best of luck and hope they bring back the title for the UK! BBC's Newsround also filmed at the event and the feature is available to view on the BBC website.  For more pictures from the day, please see our gallery.

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