Southsea students reach for the stars with STEM project

Year 6 Rocket Day winners. Picture: Becci Channon
Year 6 Rocket Day winners. Picture: Becci Channon
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SCHOOL pupils swapped books and pens for tools and rockets as part of a STEM initiative. 

Students at St John’s College in Southsea took part in workshops from Southampton University’s Spaceflight Society to learn about the physics of rockets and built their own model rockets.

The Society aims to get young students excited about practical science and inspire them to study STEM subjects at university and beyond.

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Junior science coordinator at St John’s College, Nick Jenkins said: ‘The society certainly achieved its aim in enthusing our young scientists and we hope to work with them again in the future.’

The pupils finished the day by testing their prototypes in the junior school playground achieving astonishing heights.

One of the Spaceflight team, Richard Gladdis, said: ‘The children were amazing.

‘They were very keen and asked lots of questions.

‘We hope to see some of them at Southampton University in the future.’

The team is made up of Aeronautics and Astronautics undergraduate students who have worked on a number of projects including an eclipse balloon launch which aims to take photos of eclipses from 30km up in the air. 

The students also previously aimed to grow lettuce on Mars.