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Mr Sidgwick wins Northamptonshire Education Award

Congratulations to Mr Sidgwick who won the STEM category of the prestigious Northamptonshire Education Award during a virtual awards ceremony on Friday.

Mr Sidgwick was selected by an independent judging panel for the award for his work in STEM Education. He has independently developed the ‘ULAUNCH’ which is an air powered rocket with an automatic parachute system. This involved designing and 3D printing sections for the rocket as well as getting purpose built circuitry made in China.

Mr Sidgwick first demonstrated the rocket during a Northamptonshire teacher's STEM meeting and made enough component parts for each school in the network to build their own rocket. Each school was given the components for their students to make their own ‘ULAUNCH’. With Mr Sidgwick’s guidance, each school in the network will build, program, develop and test their rocket which they will then bring it to the Regional STEM Day: this will hopefully be held sometime in the future at The Waterside Campus in the University of Northampton.

Mr Sidgwick’s work will mean that many students across the county have the opportunity to learn about rocket design, engineering and computer programming as well as developing questioning, problem solving and divergent and creative thinking skills. Like all the best STEM activities, ‘ULAUNCH’ is hands-on – making learning of abstract concepts and ideas so much easier for children to understand.

Well done Mr Sidgwick!