PUPILS from Ashton Keynes Primary School are aiming to propel themselves to the international stage this summer.

The school is one of 17 in the Cotswolds taking part in the space-inspired Junior Engineering Challenge, run by STEMworks and funded by the Gloucestershire-based RAF Charitable Trust.

As part of the challenge, Year 5 and 6 children must build a catapult that can launch a projectile onto a ‘planet’. Each pair is given a £100 ‘credit card’ for the build, with the only catch being that the catapult must include elastic bands as the propeller and incorporate a ‘base’, which will cost £25 of their budget.

The pupils have three attempts to launch their catapult, with the winner – whoever launches furthest – earning a place in the final at the TechnoZone area of the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on Friday, July 19.

The winning finalist will win £500 to purchase STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) equipment for their school.

Tickets for the airshow can be purchased online at www.aritattoo.com