The Schools Aerospace Challenge is a national competition which is set by some of the country's leading aerospace companies and headed up by the Royal Air Force.
Each year teams of students are challenged with a problem associated to aerospace and the RAF. The challenge this year was to design a drone capable of delivery a payload of one ton to anywhere in the world within 24 hours. The team from Welbeck consisting of Millie (team captain), Matt and Ollie were one of 12 teams selected nationally from their six page report, to head to Cranfield University to undertake a week of engineering challenges and assessments. At the end of this week three teams would be chosen for the top three prizes and a formal presentation ceremony at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE) in London.
The team certainly excelled over the week, winning one of the assessment events and showing the judges what potential our students have. The hard work paid off and they were selected as the top three teams.
On November the 20th we all headed to London for the presentation ceremony. The venue for the presentation, IMECHE, was an amazing building, steeped in history and the students were in awe of the famous and influential engineers that had been members in the past. During the presentation the team had to present their design solution to the competition sponsors and guest of honour, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty. The Welbeck team were excellent on the day but were pipped to the post coming in second, still an amazing result for our first attempt at the competition.
After the presentation there was time to talk with the sponsors and build valuable relationships for the future. We are looking to enter two teams in the competition next year, with similar if not better results.