Young engineers are flying high

Published on: 14 Mar 2013

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BUDDING aero engineers from Mangotsfield School returned triumphant from this year’s Flying Start Challenge finals.

The school won the team prize in the competition, now in its 11th year, in which secondary school students work with industry experts over several months to design and build a glider.

The best go forward to a day of events including the grand fly-off at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton.

Mangotsfield’s finalists were Team Flylo, made up of four Year 9 students: James Moorhead, Dan Moorhead, Jack Milton and Dan Morgan. They saw their glider make the longest flight - an impressive 26 metres.

The four won a glider flight each and £1,000 for the school to spend on science, technology, engineering and maths activities.

The others who helped earn the team trophy by taking part in challenging engineering activities including designing a support tower for weights and making a parachute to drop an egg safely were Lucy King, Megan Ryemill, Hannah Bond, Emily Lockwood, Oliver Leach, Gemma Wiltshire, Jenny Noad, George Lloyd, Joe Paget, Dan Weakley, Mitch Sanders, Ollie Sampson, Matt Stewart, Harry Dyte and Corey Merrick.

All the students have also won a trip to the Bristol centre where the Bloodhound Supersonic Car is being built.

Mangotsfield School head of science Pete Adamson said: “The students have shown a real dedication to this project - they have been brilliant. They have shown a real commitment to working as engineers in designing, making and testing their gliders. They have been working with real engineers from MBDA who have been an inspiration.”

The sponsors of the Flying Start Challenge, which takes place from October to March each year, are: AgustaWestland, Airbus, Atkins, Fleet Air Arm Museum, GE Aviation, MBDA, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty and Rolls-Royce.

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