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Rugby and science collide - with explosive results

Rugby Editorial 6th Nov, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

AN EXPLOSIVE time was had by all as the Rugby Village welcomed hundreds of children to the Ministry of Science Live event during half term week.

Former England lock and Rugby World Cup Winner Ben Kay joined the hosts for a series of live demonstrations – including a hovercraft built on stage, explosions and pyrotechnics – to take families on a journey of science, invention and rugby.

And the 2003 World Cup winner challenged children to take part in their own science experiment, using a bike to power up a radio at the start of the event, setting a benchmark for children to beat. Working together, children saddled up in pairs to attempt to beat Ben’s time.

Show sponsors Urban&Civic – the developers behind the forthcoming 6,200 housing development at the old radio masts site – arranged the show to link rugby the sport with the town’s history as the world’s most powerful radio station.

Johanne Thomas from Urban&Civic said: “The RadioStation Rugby site has a rich technological heritage – as a communications hub for the British Empire in the 1920s and former home to the atomic clock – so we’re proud to support The Ministry of Science event and to encourage the next generation of innovators.”

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