Martham students reach for the sky with space craft launch

PUBLISHED: 14:07 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:08 05 May 2017

Pupils taking part in the space craft event.
Picture Yellobric

Pupils taking part in the space craft event. Picture Yellobric


Pupils from Flegg High School in Martham reached for the sky in a space race challenge which links students in Norfolk with partner educational institutions in Africa.

Pupils taking part in the space craft event.
Picture YellobricPupils taking part in the space craft event. Picture Yellobric

The Schools Space Race saw a set of Norfolk students build a space craft using helium-filled weather balloons and a payload of tracking equipment and then launch and track it across the region.

Once launched, pupils tracked and followed their craft – which reached heights of 20km-plus – throughout the day before bringing them in to land in a safe area.

Three out of the five schools recovered their payload complete with breath-taking HD images of the thin blue line of space.

Flegg High School managed to track and chase their balloon so accurately that they were able to see it descend over the road they were on into a nearby field.

The project is an initiative by Norfolk-based Yellobric, a charity which embraces technology to provide targeted e-learning to pupils in African schools who may otherwise miss out on education.

The latest space race challenge also involved pupils from City of Norwich School, Norwich School, Reepham High School and Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form.

Yellobric founder Gavin Paterson said: “It was a really successful launch event and very rewarding for the pupils and staff too to see the results of all their efforts.

“It is a project which brings together the skills and work of the pupils in areas such as maths, science, physics, coding and engineering and there is an element of teambuilding but above all, it is a lot of fun,”

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