Young academics from Years 7-9 from Tewkesbury Academy were treated to a special visit today from engineers from GE Aerospace representing the Flying Start Challenge (FSC).
This regional STEM competition has been held in the South West of England for a number of years and aims to develop science and engineering skills in young people. The programme inspires students to consider a career in engineering and learn more about the opportunities available to them.
Teams were challenged to design and build a hand-launched glider, culminating in a ‘fly-off’ at the end of the day to see which could travel the furthest. Delegates shared their valuable technical expertise and knowledge with students, giving them useful lessons in design, manufacture and testing.
Budding engineers were then given the opportunity to continue with the programme and progress to a regional final against other schools on April 9.
Lucie Davis, Associate Assistant Principal, and Sarah Baird, Careers Lead, said: “We would like to thank GE Aerospace for providing our students with an exciting insight into the world of aerospace and for the future support they have pledged to give our students to help them in the next stage of the competition.”