Around 200 children will be visiting the Department this week to attend an event as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
Organised by SATRO, "Project Launch Pad" is an activity for Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) pupils, to help them find out what engineers do and take part in various engineering related activities, including building a rocket.
The children from a variety of local schools are challenged to design and build a rocket and a launch pad. The Rockets are then launched out on the fen, behind the Department of Engineering. The construction is carried out in the Structures laboratory of the Department of Engineering, so that students get a flavour of University life.
The Department of Engineering supports SATRO throughout the year, providing volunteers and a venue for a number of activites designed to raise awareness of engineering in schools.