Rocket science starts early in Surrey with a number of local schools competing for the BOC Year 9 Science Challenge.
St Peter’s Catholic School, Guildford, were the winners of this year’s competition, beating off stiff competition at the final held at BOC’s Guildford headquarters on 26 January.
This year’s challenge involved an understanding of the way compressed gas (in this case air) provides power for a rocket. The teams were required to build and test a water-rocket which depends for its operation on a mix of water and compressed air. Each team was also required to produce a report on their findings and to present these to a team of judges, which included senior business executives from BOC and a director of Rokit, who make water rocket kits for schools and retail markets.
Megan Fenn, Key Stage 3 Science Coordinator at St Peter’s, said the team – and the school – were delighted to have won the award. “The team put in a great deal of hard work, especially given the difficult weather conditions over the last couple of months. But it really has been worthwhile.”
Mike Dennis, Business Director of Bulk and Packaged Gases at BOC, was impressed by the standard of all the entries. “We organise this competition to encourage more young people to get involved in science and technology. The UK – and BOC – needs more engineers and scientists if we are to remain a leading technology-based society. These teams have shown that there is a bright future for the UK."
Jon Wilkins, whose company market water-rocket kits around the world, noted: “Understanding key scientific principles at an early stage lays a great foundation for later study. These teams have shown how well they have got to grips with the science.”
All the teams taking part in this year’s final will have the opportunity to compete for more prizes at this year’s Surrey Festival of Science, organised by Surrey Satro and held at the Brooklands Museum on 22 June. Commenting on the BOC Challenge, Dr Beccy Bowden, CEO of Surrey SATRO said, “I am absolutely delighted to be working with BOC to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists.”
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Photo caption: The team from St Peter’s, winners of this year’s BOC Year 9 Science Challenge, with the winning rocket. From left: Year 3 Science Coordinator Megan Fenn; Andrew Oko, BOC; Thomas Brennan; Jon Wilkins, Rokit Director; Oliver Barella; Mike Dennis, BOC Director; Martyn Butler; Matt Legge, BOC; Oliver Quitmann; George Tayler; Jacob Richardson.
For more information about the Surrey Festival of Science, please contact Adam Hunt at Surrey Satro. Email: adam@ Tel: 01483 226322
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