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Starchaser - Manchester kids to become rocket scientists for a day

Published by Rob Goldsmith on Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:08 pm
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Manchester United Kingdom The regions school pupils are being offered a unique chance to name a new rocket as part of an innovative pilot study that will take rocket science into the heart of the classroom.

Manchester based Starchaser Industries has joined forces with Tameside Council to create the Tameside Rocket Science Challenge in which children are being asked to come up with a suitable name for Starchaser’s new 5 metre, eco friendly rocket ship.

Starchaser Nova

Starchaser Nova

In addition, up to 40 primary and 10 local secondary schools are being offered the opportunity to take part in this dedicated Science Challenge. Taking the form of a bespoke educational enrichment package the study will build upon Starchaser’s existing educational outreach activities which support science, technology, engineering and mathematics within the national curriculum.

The innovative new rocket, the engine of which was developed with £130,000 funds from a North West Development Agency grant, burns recycled polythene as fuel, producing a colourless, smokeless exhaust. It is to be flown later this year from Morecambe Bay and it is hoped that it will pave the way for safe, clean access to the final frontier.

As part of the school’s package children will be able to learn about the workings of this and other rocket engines through Starchaser’s spectacular and “explosion” studded Propulsion Lab science show and they will also be given the chance to build and safely launch their own model rockets as part of Starchaser’s Rocket Factory 1 Workshop. Both activities will include follow on class work that also links to numeracy and literacy.

Tameside Councillor Ged Cooney, Executive Member for Lifelong Learning said: “This unique chance to study will place Tameside pupils at the forefront of practical learning about science and space and rocket technology.

“It will be a tremendous boost to their learning, inspiring children about science and encouraging many young people to consider taking their studies further as they move on to higher education and careers in this high-tech industry.”

Steve Bennett, Managing Director of Starchaser Industries said:  “We travel the length and breadth of the UK delivering a range of educational packages to some 200 schools every year. But partnering with Tameside Council will enable us to engage with an unprecedented number of children in the local area, where we will use the excitement of rocketry to turn more youngsters on to science related subjects”.

It is anticipated that the successful completion of the study which will run from January to March 2010 will provide a framework for rolling out further innovative educational enrichment activities to more Tameside schools in the future.

Any school interested in participating in the scheme should contact programme coordinator Matt Shewbridge on 0161 882 9922.

For more information please contact Starchaser on 44 (0)161 882 9922 or Email info@starchaser.co.uk

About Starchaser

Starchaser Industries, (www.starchaser.co.uk) is a privately held, high technology company that specialises in the development, operation and commercialisation of space related products and services. Starchaser Industries enables new space related business opportunities by providing safe, reliable, affordable and reusable access to space for both the space tourism and micro-satellite launch markets.

Starchaser Industries also has an established and highly successful Outreach Programme that engages with both the general public and education.  Starchaser’s educational activities complement the UK national curriculum and help inspire and motivate students at all levels to pursue careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  Starchaser provides students with opportunities for involvement in research and development projects to actively promote the STEM subjects and encourage them to pursue higher education at the graduate and doctorate levels.

Except for the historical information contained herein, matters discussed in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the statements.

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