Teams rocket their way into contest finals

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Teams from two high schools have rocketed their way into the British Isles-wide final of a contest to encourage youngsters to consider a career in the aerospace industry.

Teams from Castle Rushen High School and Ballakermeen High School have won places in the British Isles final of the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge.

They successfully launched a rocket carrying two raw eggs, which had to be recovered intact, in the island challenge last month.

The UK challenge has now confirmed the teams were among the best in the British Isles – and will compete against 20 other teams in the final at Charterhouse School, in Surrey, on June 25.

Education Minister Tim Crookall said: ‘The Rocketry Challenge is a brilliant opportunity for the Isle of Man’s best science talent to stretch their imaginations and meet like-minded young people from all over the UK.

‘The standard of the competition was really high, so I am really proud that the teams have secured places in the UK final.’

The UK winners will compete in the International Rocketry Challenge against teams from the US and France at Farnborough International Airshow in July.

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