On the 21st and 22nd of March Welbeck - The Defence Sixth Form College hosted its annual Cadet STEM Leadership Challenge. 23 teams of Cadets from across the country set up camp on the College’s rugby pitch for the weekend. The teams, who were each hosted by College students, came from a variety of units including Air Cadets, Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Forces and Combined Cadet Forces.
The excellent weather made the event even more enjoyable for the teams who took part in a variety of activities dotted about the College campus. They all spent half a day with the team from the Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC), learning more about the project and the science, technology and engineering challenges behind building a car that will travel at 1000mph. They then had to build and race their own rocket cars out of K’Nex with the winning teams getting the honour of having their team names written on the tail fin of the actual Bloodhound car.
The Royal Signals had the teams tracking down the enemy with mobile antennae, and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers had them building and racing an electric go-cart around the College fountain area. The RAF were putting their leadership skills to the test with a task to build the tallest free standing tower within 20 minutes.
There were plenty of outdoor activities including orienteering, an assault course, fit trail, first aid and a number of command tasks. The teams all got an opportunity to cool off in the College swimming pool navigating croc infested waters and were able to test themselves on the College climbing wall.
The scores from each event were added up, and the winning trophy was awarded to Hockerill Anglo-European College from Hertfordshire. They were closely followed by Dollar Academy CCF Boys and Pocklington CCF. Major Julian Swindells, Vice Principal Military at the College said “It is inspiring to see these young people who are all interested in STEM come together and use their teamwork, communication and engineering skills to solve the challenges we set. It is always a great event and was even better this year thanks to the wonderful weather. I’d like to congratulate all of the teams who took part as well as our students who ran and hosted the event!”