Aero champions

March 29 2018

FIVE students from Hanham Woods Academy are the proud owners of Quadcopter drones after winning a major competition.

The HWA team came out on top at the regional finals of the Flying Start Challenge, which took place at Aerospace Bristol. 

They had worked with aerospace engineers to create gliders, which they flew alongside Concorde. The Year 7 and 8 students triumphed against other teams from schools in the Bristol area and will now compete in the final at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil later this year.

The students were commended for their excellent team spirit, enthusiasm and professionalism.Flying Start Challenge is an engineering competition in the South West of England run by nine aerospace companies: Airbus, Atkins, BAE Systems, GKN Aerospace, Leonardo, MBDA, Rolls-Royce, Safran Landing Systems and Triumph.

It is held for students at local schools to help them develop key skills and increase awareness of the excellent careers available in engineering.

Dr Joshua Lim, science teacher at Hanham Woods said, “The students really pulled together and worked brilliantly as a team to produce a well-engineered glider and confidently deliver their poster. From day one, they've shown great maturity and enthusiasm for solving engineering challenges.”