Yes, it is rocket science

TWO Casula High School students recently rocketed across to Vietnam for the 20th Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum.

Year 10 students Jordan Smith and Lucas Flood, returned from Hanoi last week, after representing Australia in a four-day water rocket competition.

They were up against students from a number of countries in the region, including China, Japan, India, the Philippines and Thailand.

Jordan and Lucas were required to work individually and had to make two water rockets each.

They had limited resources and made their rockets from 1125-millilitre drink bottles, rubber, bike pumps and sprinkler nozzles.

The competition called on the boys to launch the water rockets and have them land within a 10-metre radius of a marker about 70 metres away.

Lucas said the competition was a good learning experience.

"I see water rockets as a hobby," he said.

"I was really enthusiastic about learning about water rockets and I really enjoyed making and testing them."

Jordan said he felt proud that he was able to compete at an international level.

"It was my first experience overseas," he said.

"I have a sense of pride that we were able to make the team and represent Australia."

Casula High School head of science teacher, Ken Silburn accompanied students on their trip.

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