FAQ

What is the age limit for competing in UKRoC?
Applicants need to be aged between 11 and 18 years old.

What are the costs associated with UKRoC?
To enter the competition is FREE. But you will need to cover the costs to build your rocket – this should be no more than £200-£300. You will need to obtain BMFA Insurance to cover your participation in the competition – contact BMFA for more information +44 (0) 116 244 0028 and/or admin@bmfa.org.

Where can i buy rocket equipment and components?

Our rocketeers recommended using the following websites for purchasing rocket equipment:

UK Local Model Shops

UK specialist rocket shops

European Rocket Part Stockists

Is there any funding available for teams?
For teams based in Scotland, there is funding is made available by Skills Development Scotland (SDS). £1,000 has been apportioned to the Scotland Regional Event within the UKRoC 2017 competition to encourage participation from Scottish teams. Click here for more information. For any team not based in Scotland, ADS have developed a template sponsorship letter that can be personalised and sent to local businesses – click here for more information.

What other equipment will I need for the regional events/ UK National Finals?
You will be required to bring your team and your rocket, all launching equipment (rods etc.) will be supplied.

How many people can be in a team?
We would recommend teams of around 4 – 5 students, however teams can be made up of 3 to 10 members.

How many teams can enter from one school?
There is no limit on the number of teams that can enter from one school/youth group however, only a maximum of three teams can enter the National Final, from one school/youth group.

Is there a prize for the winning team?
Yes, not only does the winning team get to attend the International Finals but there are also multiple prizes available.

Who can attend the regional events and UK National Finals?
We want to encourage parent/ family engagement within the competition as we believe your parents and family can help motivate and support you throughout the different competition stages. So, if you would like your parents or a brother/ sister to support you at the regional events or the UK National Final, you will need to let us know for registration purposes.

I’ve never entered this before; can someone talk me through what is required?
All the information you need should be in the UKRoC 2017 – Team Manual 2017 , however, if have any further questions please feel free to contact us.

What if I can’t attend a regional event?
Please contact Jemma Keen at ADS if you’re unable to attend a regional event.

Can I test my rocket before the regional event?
Yes, test your rockets whenever possible to ensure the best result at the regional event; however you will need to obtain BMFA insurance to do this.

Is there a regional event in my area?
We are planning regional events all across the UK and will do our best to ensure all interested teams can attend one.

What support can ADS provide me?
We have lots of free resources – click here for more information.