Pupils compete in raw egg rocket adventure
A number of local schools are competing to build the best rocket with one unique condition - it must be able to return its unusual cargo, a raw hen’s egg, safely back to earth.
Seven schools will tomorrow take part in the contest to launch a lightweight rocket to heights of 800 feet without cracking the egg shell, with the winners getting a chance to represent Northern Ireland at the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge.
The grand final will see young rocketeers competing in an international fly-off against the American, Frence and Japanese winning teams with the top prize being an all-expenses paid trip to NASA in Houston, Texas.
Jim Knowles, from Bangor-based plastics company Denroy which has assisted one of the participating schools, Longstone in Dundonald, told the News Letter he had been greatly impressed by the “technical know-how” shown by pupils in designing their rocket.