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.