Young scientists in Castleford have shot to the top of a national competition with their very own homemade rocket.
Airedale Academy’s Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) team is through to the final round of the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge for the third year in a row.
The team of five students built the rocket from scratch using a rocket motor and specialist software and materials.
It had to carry two raw eggs and the entire rocket had to return to the ground sagely using two parachutes.
The rocket reached 811ft in 48 seconds, just 14ft short of the 825ft target.
Steven Miller, science teacher, said: “I’m immensely proud of the kids in STEM club. It is a very tough competition – the team has done extraordinarily well to reach the UK final for the third year running.
“I know they are all very excited about taking part in the final and I wish them all the best.”
The winners of the national final, which will be held in Surrey on June 25, will go on to compete against youngsters from France and the United States at Farnborough International Air Show next month.