LEPHALALE — Want to go to Mars? Go to Hoërskool Ellisras on 17 May at 13:00 and find out who will be able to build your rocket.
The Grade 10-12 Physical and Technical Science learners of Hoërskool Ellisras have done research in groups of three to four to build one rocket each which has to comply with certain conditions and safety requirements.
On the day of the competition, which will be held on the A rugby field, the learners and spectators will gather on the pavilion and the groups will have one opportunity to fire their rocket. The rocket which will travel the furthest horizontal distance will be the winner. All rockets will be launched from the same point. Each rocket will have a number and a flag bearing the number which will indicate the landing position of the rocket.
The judges will be Mr D du Toit (subject advisor), and representative engineers of Exxaro and Eskom. The first prize is R2 000 and the second prize is R1 500.
There will also be a prize for best team spirit and recycling efforts.