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Year 8 Designers Win Competition

A number of our Year 8 students recently had the opportunity to become aerospace engineers for the day, working on a project from the design stage all the way through to presenting a working model to the customer, competing in an engineering challenge day sponsored by BAE Systems at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. The day included a tour of the museum and an explanation of aircraft carrier takeoffs and landings.


Two teams of boys took part on Wednesday, 15 May, with two teams of girls competing on Friday, 17 May. The challenge, in which a number of schools competed, required the students to design and build a self-levelling deck for an aircraft carrier, capable of electronically launching a plane even in rough sea conditions. All four of Lytchett’s teams worked collaboratively to find great solutions and produce fully-working models of their designs. They also had to conclude with a presentation to “sell” their solution to a panel of Royal Navy engineers, along with roughly 150 or so students and teachers from the other schools involved.

On the Wednesday, one of our boys’ teams came second; not to be outdone, on the Friday, one of our girls’ teams won the challenge! We are delighted that we have such capable budding design engineers. Congratulations to all involved for their fantastic achievements.