JWA rocket challenge

Year 9 students at John Whitgift Academy took part in the National Space Centre rocket programme.

With a small budget, students had to work together to design, construct and launch a rocket to 'land' on the Moon. The craft had to be designed based on strict criteria, and using only materials within their budget.

Working in teams of 3 to 6, children work together to find out what variables influence the speed and the distance their rocket will fly. Students complete the workshop by competing to see which rocket goes to the Moon and then share their results with the other groups.

Winning tutor group: 9PT

Curriculum links: Forces and Motion, design and technology

To continue with our links over the last 2 years with the National Space Centre 30 students will be selected to attend Leicester University Space Center in January.