Winning SHS Engineers Wow RIAT Judges!

18 July 2022

Eight teams of students from Cotswolds schools teamed up with engineering firms to compete in a unique challenge at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on Saturday.

The Lockheed Martin Schools Engineering Challenge asked the engineers of the future to design and build hypothetical Mars Rover to gather samples and to propel them into orbit. Our students received their full design brief Saturday morning and had 8 hours to complete the challenge. Each student assigned themselves a role as structural engineers, software engineers, electrical engineers and a team leader. Marks were awarded for teamwork, design and efficient use of materials, launch distance and accurate robot coding.

The Stroud High team of Georgia, Aleena, Delara, Harriet and Molly, paired with a L3 graduate engineer, created a winning robot perfectly coded to collect 3 samples. These samples were accurately deposited in the drop zone. A pressure pad that activated an electrical circuit then triggered a pulley system which fired a well-built Trebuchet structure propelling their sample an exceptional 5.2 metres and surprising the crowd gathered.

Despite the heat, the complexity of the challenge and the time pressure, this all-female team kept their heads cool, calm and collected, putting their success down to good teamwork.

Ms Fisher, Design Technology

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