It is Rocket Science!

A group of High School of Dundee Physicists have lift off in their efforts to win a major rocket building contest!

A group of High School of Dundee Physicists have lift off in their efforts to win a major rocket building contest!

Five Advanced Higher Physics pupils recently travelled to Kinross to launch their very own projectile which they have designed and built as part of the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge.

The contest gives pupils the straight-forward task of launching their rocket to a height of 850 feet, before bringing it back down for a controlled landing within 42-45 seconds. With a fragile payload – a raw egg – intact!  

The maiden mission for the HSD rocket – named ‘This Way Up’ - was a test ahead of the competition’s Scottish heat. It takes place at Kinross Radio Model Flying Club on Thursday, allowing the pupils – who have been taking part in the challenge as a co-curricular activity – the chance to make final tweaks before the launch countdown commences for real.

Physics teacher David Finch, said, “They have been working on it all year, progressing from running computer simulations, to actually constructing rockets.

“It’s been an ambitious activity for the pupils to get involved in, and it’s great for them to get experience of how Physics can be put into practice in the most inspiring ways!”

Thank you to Kinross Radio Model Flying Club for allowing the pupils to use its flying site for the test launch!