UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKROC)

UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKROC)


The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKROC) is a national competition for young people aged 11 – 18 from any secondary schools, colleges, educational facilities or youth groups to design, build and launch a model rocket with a fragile payload (usually one raw egg). The competition is designed to encourage creativity, innovative thinking and appeal to young people interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and inspire them to consider fascinating careers in the aerospace, defence and space industries. Following a UK national final, the competition culminates in an international final held at either Farnborough International Airshow or Paris Airshow with the winning UK team competing against teams from the United States, Japan, and France.

A view from ADS

ADS is the proud organiser of the UK Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKROC) and has been running the event annually since 2006.  ADS Chief Executive, Kevin Craven said:

“The UK Youth Rocketry Challenge is a fantastic example of how the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors can support and encourage young people into fascinating and rewarding careers in our four flourishing sectors. 

The future success of our sectors will be driven by a new generation of talent with transferable skills and qualifications in STEM subjects. UK ROC is the perfect opportunity to inspire young people to consider high-value, high-wage and high-skilled career opportunities in the aerospace, defence and space industries.


UKROC would not be possible without the support from sponsors, partners and industry specialists. Your contribution helps us grow the number of participating teams and opens up the opportunity to more young people. Primarily we look for financial support from sponsors which enables us to offer a compelling and affordable STEM experience. By sponsoring you help to inspire and encourage the next generation.

find out more 

Click here to view the sponsorship packages available and for further information please contact Head of Sales, Joe Peace.

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