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Students celebrate their win after first Cosford Glider Challenge

Published on: 12 April 2016

In March, teams of students from local schools took part in the first annual Glider Challenge event, held at the RAF Museum Cosford.

Organised by the museum’s Access and Learning team, with support from the Royal Air Force, Wednesfield Academy (for their glider template design) and the museums team of Apprentices and Veterans, the event aimed to engage students with the theory of flight and the science behind how aircraft stay up in the air.

Participating schools were given a glider pack with an eight lesson plan to follow. Working in small teams, students were required to design and build a small glider, making modifications along the way to improve its flying ability. Following weeks of trial and error in the classroom, schools were invited back to the museum to compete against other teams for trophies in four categories; Creative Design, Creative Flight, Best Research and Planning, Best Team Work, with the addition of an overall winner.

Students from Kettering Science Academy with their winners trophies

Over 60 students took part in the one day event which saw Kettering Science Academy crowned the overall winners, taking home three out of the five trophies up for grabs; Best Research and Planning, Best Team Work and overall winners. Students from Wednesfield Academy didn’t go home empty handed as they won trophies for Creative Design and Creative Flight.

Stephen Reid from Kettering Science Academy said:
“We took part in our first Glider Challenge Day at RAF Museum Cosford. The students were buzzing about the work they had done in after school sessions but the day itself really was the icing on the cake. The setting in an exciting museum, the challenges and the chance to meet serving and veteran RAF personnel ensured all students got a lot from the day. They have already asked to take part next year! Many thanks to Julie and the team at RAF Museum Cosford for a superb day!”

Students from Kettering Science Academy learning about the theory of flight Trial and error in the classroom Kettering Science Academy students with their trophy

Following the success of this first event, organisers are already putting plans into place for a second event next year, allowing for even more teams to participate.

Any schools interested in the 2017 Glider Challenge can email for more details.

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