Pupils’ bottle rockets are out of this world

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Scientists from the Open University had city students fizzing with excitement during the launch of a ‘Bottle Rocket Competition’ last week.

The academics worked with staff from the Denbigh Teaching School Alliance on the project, which challenged Year nine students to build a water-powered, egg-carrying rocket from an old fizzy drinks bottle.

Students from Milton Keynes Academy, Slated Row Special School, Ousedale School and Denbigh School were briefed on the scientific theory behind their mission by the OU boffins, before working in teams to complete the task.

Each team was judged on how far their rocket flew and whether it could safely land while keeping its precious cargo – an egg – intact.

The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Brian White, presented the winning trophy to the Milton Keynes Academy team for their 94.75m launch.