Fly To The Line: Students Compete In Nationwide Engineering Challenge

The contest to build a glider aims to inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Several thousand students from nearly 300 schools are taking part in the 'Fly to the Line' Primary School Glider Challenge.

The contest involves teams of four competing to design, build and fly a glider the furthest distance.

The challenge aims to inspire students in year 4 and 5 to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

For the central midlands regional final, 60 pupils gathered at Kineton Station, the Ministry of Defence’s munitions depot in Warwickshire and the race was on to build a glider before the afternoon deadline.

One of the adults helping school pupils with their designs was Chief Technician Chris Mossman:

“There’s a real buzz about the place.

“We’ve got 11 teams here today and they’re all really excited and working really well.”

He says the aim of the day is not just to get school pupils involved in STEM subjects, but also to give them a feel for the Armed Forces through their interactions with Army and RAF STEM ambassadors.

Millie, Maja and Ioanna – all nine-years-old – came to the competition with a rainbow coloured prototype they planned to rebuild.

“We chose these colours because they are festive, amazing and cheerful,” Maja told Forces News.

She added they reminded the trio of “winning and being confident.”

Millie and Maja show off their rainbow coloured plane.

The plane also bares the slogan “Girl Power” which Ioanna says they chose because:

“We are all girls and we are getting power to win!”

Millie says the project has made her more confident in science and maths – something her friends agree with.