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Culdrose STEM Challenge

We took team of young engineers to Culdrose on Tuesday for a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) challenge. We had a full day devising a system to recover a downed Merlin helicopter in a desert scenario. The team had to build an electrical powered crane to hoist the stricken helicopter onto a low loader. They split into Electrical, Structural and Mechanical Engineering sub-teams to build the required parts and then put them together to make a model working crane. There were twelve schools from this end of the county involved and the students competed to make the best crane, we came third equal with a very strong model that could have lifted far in excess of the weight it had to.

The students also got to look around the air base and in particular the Merlin training facility, with full scale models of the Melin’s different sections to train the engineers and flight simulators to train the pilots and crew.
It was a great day, the students had a very immersive engineering experience and all said they enjoyed it very much.
Our team was Chris Stevens, Molly Keogh, Zelah Yuill, Jordan Hosking, Daniel Nowell and Lewis Crofts.
Report by Mr Kilby and Mr Glenville