Rainey Endowed Crowned Northern Ireland Rocketry Challenge winners 2014

Rainey Rocket Champs

Two Rainey teams of highly talented Technology & Design / Science  students from forms 4 & 5, sponsored by Moyola Precision Engineering, have today competed in 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.

David Kelso, Mark Mclean & John Porter made up the form 5 Team whilst Jethro Barclay, Shea Toal, Stewart Thomson & Daniel Bell completed a Team from form 4.  We are delighted that the Form 4 team managed to achieve a successful launch to a staggering 874 feet and in doing so won the Northern Ireland heat of UKAYRoC.

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. I am grateful to those employers who sponsored these teams and hope that they continue to offer fantastic career opportunities for the next generation”.

“I wish Rainey Endowed School every success at the National Finals as they represent Northern Ireland.”


To watch all the Rainey’s test flights this year please see www.raineyendowed.com/rocket

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