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Rocket girls reach for the sky

posted 19 Jun 2018, 02:42 by Tim Williams   [ updated 19 Jun 2018, 02:43 ]
It was all about the rocket girls when Nightingale Academy entered a national STEM (science, technology,
engineering and maths) competition.
Three Year 8 girls from the school, in Edmonton, made it through to the regional finals of the RAF Rocketeer
Rocketcar competition held by the RAF. They came fourth out of 16 schools.
Students were challenged to design, build and race an aerodynamic polystyrene car which could travel 15m.
They had to use scientific principles when designing the car, focusing on the types of forces which would be
acting on the car and how the shape could reduce the forces.

The team got to work with representatives from RAF Henley at school refining their designs before taking
part in the competition.
Alec Laing, assistant vice principal, said: “Our team thought to put laser cut, acrylic wheels on their car,
which nobody else had thought of and that made their car go faster.
“We were not allowed to help the team, so the pressure was on them to rise to the challenge and to meet
their deadlines. It was also a good lesson in teambuilding.”