Pupils tackle rocket science at University

Teams of school children from Bath and Wiltshire will put their physics skills to the test next week when they compete to build the best water rocket at the University of Bath.

The year 9 and 10 pupils will spend the day building, testing and refining their inventions before launching their rockets from the University grounds to find the rocket that travels the winning distance. 

Pupils from Culverhay School in Bath, St Augustine's and John of Gaunt in Trowbridge will attend the Physics Extension Day on Monday 8 June and pupils from Kingdown, Wootton Bassett and Matravers schools will attend a second day on Tuesday 16 June.

The pupils will work with staff and students in the University's Department of Physics to investigate Newton's Laws of Motion and apply them to their construction. They will use plastic bottles, tennis balls, card and other scraps to make their rockets.

The Physics Extension Day is organised by the University's Outreach team in partnership with the Department of Physics to offer local pupils opportunities for learning not generally available at school.

Liz Andrews, Aimhigher and Outreach Events Co-ordinator at the University, said: "The day is aimed at young people who are doing really well in their science classes and it's a great opportunity for them to try something new and get extra inspiration for their studies. It's a challenging day but it should also be a lot of fun."

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