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Close to 100 future engineers from 12 schools across UAE take the challenge

by Eddie Rayner

Dubai, UAE, 30 March 2022 – The Emirates Aviation University has held its 5th annual Water Rocket Competition, in collaboration with Boeing. With the EAU Campus as the backdrop, close to 100 students across 12 UAE schools came together to construct a simple water rocket at the university’s special workshop.

The students, working in groups of four, were tasked to design and construct a rocket using simple materials, and creating the conditions for optimal aerodynamics that could achieve the greatest distance when launched at an angle of 45 degrees.

The students were allowed two hours to build the rockets, using materials like plastic bottles, foot pumps, clay blocks, electrical wiring tape, as well as grocery bags and plastic folder sheets. Teams could only power the rockets using water and air pressure propulsion, and were encouraged to design and experiment with creative nose cones and fins for their rockets.

The teams had two attempts to test the longest distance their creations could reach. After careful deliberation, judging panel from both EAU and Boeing selected Our Own High School as the winning school, with Al Maaref Private School as the first runner up and Delta English School as the second runner up.

Dr Ahmad Al Ali, Vice Chancellor of Emirates Aviation University said: “We are delighted to once again bring in the best and brightest future engineers and challenge them with this competition for the fifth time. We had some extraordinary entries this year and we congratulate the participants on completing the Water Rocket Competition. We hope they are inspired to pursue further studies for an exciting and diverse career in engineering. We thank also Boeing for their support and for making this challenge a success once again.”

Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), said: “Boeing people and products have powered giant leaps in human space exploration over the past five decades. It was therefore inspiring to see the creativity and imagination of these young engineers. We thank the Emirates Aviation University for this strong partnership, which raises the importance of STEM education, and congratulate the winning teams.” Operating on the principle of Newton’s third law of motion, the water rocket concept aims to prepare all prospective aviation engineers who are looking to enrol in any of Emirates Aviation University’s (EAU) many Engineering and aviation related programmes.