Sale Grammar’s specially-designed water rocket proved the best of an excellent group of entries to this year’s BOC Year 9 Science Challenge.
The task set by industrial gases supplier BOC this year was to design and make a water-powered rocket, optimising its performance and producing a scientific report on the science behind the technology. The panel of BOC judges were impressed by the way all the participating schools demonstrated a real understanding of the subject.
The Year 9 Science Challenge is held each year at the Worsley Customer Service Centre of BOC, a member of The Linde Group. It is designed to show school students that science and engineering can be exciting and fun. Five schools took part in this year’s competition, all of them impressing the judges with their efforts.
Mark Jenkinson, head of the Customer Service Centre, was particularly struck by the standard of the entries. “The reports and presentations we saw today from these schools were truly impressive,” he said. “Not only did they demonstrate a thorough understanding of the principles underlying the water rocket, they were able to explain what they had done, clearly and intelligently, to the panel of judges. They are all to be commended.”
Sale Grammar convinced the judges that they had understood the science and considered issues such as safety in developing and testing the rocket. Alex Guinan, Sale Grammar’s Chemistry Teacher, commented: “This was a great achievement. The students had really worked hard, putting many hours of effort into the project. It’s wonderful to see that recognised in this award."
Barbara Blackburn, BOC’s Learning and Development Manager noted: “This is becoming an annual feature of our links with the local community. Each team was able to call on the assistance of BOC mentors to help them with technical issues. We are now starting to develop next year’s challenge and would be pleased to hear from any local schools wishing to take part.”