National Physical Laboratory

Water Rocket Challenge Water Rocket Challenge

Aim for the sky in our annual Water Rocket Challenge, which sees hundreds of participants, from school teams to adults, battling it out to become champion.

15 years of water rockets!

Help us celebrate 15 years of NPL's Water Rocket Challenge by signing up your team to take part!

Get ready to launch on Wednesday 18 June 2014
Register here to take part


View photos from our 2013 Water Rocket Challenge.

2013 Challenge

Water rockets filled the skies over Teddington on Wednesday 19 June 2013 for our 14th annual competition.

Find out more and view official scores

From school teams in the afternoon, to adult enthusiasts and youth groups in the evening, the NPL Water Rocket Challenge is a great day out which sees teams of rocketeers take to the skies with their own water rockets!

The 2014 NPL Water Rocket Challenge will be held on Wednesday 18 June at the NPL Sports Club - REGISTER NOW!

Did you know?

We've even built a water rocket powered car, which featured on Channel 5's 'The Gadget Show'!


View past scores, photos and videos from past Water Rocket Challenges since 2003.



Are you a water rocket novice? Attend our hands-on workshops, where you'll be given all the help and equipment you need to build and launch your very own rocket.

The Essentials

Every competition has to have them! Here's where you'll find all the extra information to make sure the event is safe and fair, and everything you could possibily need to get yourself started!