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Marling School students have been using their skills to design and build a system to send a secret message as part of a challenge set by the aerospace industry.

In a joint venture between RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo), Lockheed Martin and STEMworks, Year 9 Design & Technology students spent the day using their scientific and engineering know –how to experience the skills needed to become a design engineer.

The students were put into 8 teams and the challenge was divided into five parts:

• Design a system for sending a secret message

• Build a robot and communications tower to a high quality

• Test the design and computer programme

• Evaluate and modify the design

• Demonstrate the complete system

The entries were scored and judged and the winning design will go forward into an inter-school competition being held at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford on 14th July.

The boys that won the in School competition were Samuel Wittke, Harry Williams, Tom Spellman, Owen Herschal-Burns and Harvey Randall.

Steve Berry, Head of Design & Technology, said: “The students loved this challenge and got really engrossed in their tasks, using their science and DT skills.

“We are very lucky to have a plethora of world-leading engineering companies in Gloucestershire and the West Country and I’m sure our students will now seriously consider a career in engineering design.”

Simon Kettle, from STEMworks, said: “Aerospace companies are always on the look-out for talented students who have the enthusiasm and aptitude needed to become successful design engineers.

“It was really pleasing to see how seriously the students took this challenge and they came up with some fabulous designs and the winner will be a strong contender in the final of the competition.”

The winning designs from eight local secondary schools will be judged in the final by aerospace engineers and prizes will be presented by Lockheed Martin. 

See how the boys got on in fairford here.


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