York High School students rocket towards Level 1

York High School students rocket towards Level 1

Staff at RAF Fylingdales hosted students from York High School as part of their Level 1 Blue Skies programme, working on their communications and teamwork skills during a packed programme of rocket building and team challenge events.

The Level 1 students had a brief lesson on physics and propulsion before building their own water rockets. There were some different designs, some with fins some without but all elaborately decorated and ready to be put to the test. RAF Fylingdales STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassador, Andrew Stacey co-ordinated the firing sequence by filling the rockets with water before the students pumped air into them and watched them fly. Points were awarded for the one that went the farthest – the all girls team won hands down.

Station Commander, Wing Commander Dave Keighley said: “The Jon Egging Trust is a worthwhile charity that gives young people real opportunities to grow and achieve in a less conventional atmosphere.”

The Level One students now progress onto RAF Linton-on-Ouse for a climbing wall experience, whilst later in the month Level Two students will visit RAF Fylingdales for more leadership exercises inside the radar.