June 21, 2009

Teenager breaks water rocket shooting record

Filed under: Dutch first,Science by Orangemaster @ 12:09 pm

We wrote about Boyan Slat, the water rocket obssessed teenager (that’s what his mom called him on telly recently) who shot off some 101 rocket simultaneously last year on 20 June. This year, with the help of students from the Delft University of Technology and sponsoring from the university, he launched 213 rockets, which earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

(Dear Dutch press: you’ve never spelled ‘Guinness’ properly as far as I can remember. Please learn to spell it with 2 nn and 2 ss. It’s that simple, think of a car with four wheels.)

Somehow, as I said last year, this kid is probably going to go to the Delft University of Technology when he grows up.

Since then, Slat’s modest website wetenschapvoordummies (Science for dummies) has been replaced by a much slicker site called gottalaunch with all kinds of pictures, videos and cool stuff.

(Link: nu.nl, Photo: ad.nl)

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June 20, 2008

Teenager shoots off water rockets in Delft

Filed under: Science by Orangemaster @ 11:27 am

Today at 4 pm, 13-year-old Boyan Slat from Delft will shoot off 102 water rockets at the sports pitch of his school, the Grotius College in Delft in an attempt to break some records. Slat built the launch system all by himself. Since 2005, he has been experimenting with rockets, using natural raw marerials like baking powder and vinegar. He calls his system the Bazooooka Mk6. The address of this spectacular show with music and special effects is Juniusstraat 8 in Delft and is free.

If someone scores some pictures, let us now!

The smart kid also has his own website: wetenschapvoordummies (Science for dummies). Here it says 101 water rockets.

Somehow, I expect him to attend the Delft University of Technology later on.

(Link and photo: ad.nl)

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