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Blast Off Bradford

Children from Bradford primary schools were invited to use their imagination to take part in an exciting Water Rocketry Challenge called Blast Off Bradford with the chance to win a trip to Holland to work with the research team of the European Space Agency.

The challenge was facilitated by Space Connections and was supported by Bradford Council's Kickstart enterprise support programme and Young People's Enterprise Forum. This initiative was a pilot project and was very successful, with the feedback being very positive from both teachers and children. It was aimed at encouraging youngsters into Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics subjects and supports the government's recent drive to skill the work force of the future. Each school selected a team to take part in the challenge. All participating pupils received a 'Passport to Enterprise', and teams were given the chance to showcase their rockets at a big “Blast Off” day at the Marley Coaching and Activities centre in Keighley back in July where the winning team was selected and were presented with their prizes by Nasa Astronaut Trainer Michelle Hamm and Bradford Councils Executive Member for Regeneration and Economy Councilor Adrian Naylor.

To see the photos of the day please visit - http://www.wowspacebus.co.uk/gallery.php?id=54

The Blast Off programme can be replicated in other cities or boroughs. For further information on the project please contact Hanna Hashim on 08456 522 406 or alternatively email her at hanna@spaceconnections.net.

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