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School pupils designing and building a water rocket. [Image courtesy of NPL (c) Crown copyright 2007]
School pupils designing and building a water rocket. [Image courtesy of NPL (c) Crown copyright 2007]
The moment of truth - the rocket is launched. [Image courtesy of NPL (c) Crown copyright 2007]
The moment of truth - the rocket is launched. [Image courtesy of NPL (c) Crown copyright 2007]

Press Release - 02 June 2008

Talented school pupils to design and build rockets at Uni

The University of Bath is to open its doors to gifted and talented year 9 and 10 pupils in Bath and Wiltshire for a free Physics Extension Day on Friday 13 June 2008, which aims to encourage pupils’ enthusiasm and understanding of the science.

The day has been organised by the University’s Outreach team in partnership with its Department of Physics offering them opportunities not generally available within schools, due to curricula or resource limitations.

This event is aimed at gifted and talented pupils of outstanding potential in science. Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly welcomed.

This year, 24 students in total have been chosen from three schools: Matravers School and St Augustine’s School in Wiltshire and St Mark’s School in Bath.

The academically challenging day will offer pupils the chance to investigate Newton’s Laws of motion and apply them to the building of a water rocket.

Following a demonstration and theory session, the pupils will then design and build a rocket in teams and compete to fly their rocket the furthest using the University’s archery field as the launch location.

“We are delighted to be able to offer local pupils the chance to enjoy our Physics Extension Day,” said Liz Andrews, Outreach Events Coordinator from the University’s office of Widening Participation.

“It’s particularly exciting that we can reach children from disadvantaged backgrounds that would not normally be able to engage in such an enrichment programme.”

The University of Bath’s Outreach Programme’s aim is to promote higher education and to provide opportunities to everyone who can benefit from it.


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