On Tuesday 29 November five Year 9 Product Design students competed in an engineering challenge hosted by the Royal Navy at RNAS Culdrose and sponsored by Lockheed Martin.
After a formal military briefing Henry Jackson, Sam Oliver, Sam Perkin, Sam Randall and Coby Stevens had to design and build a scale model of a crane that could lift a downed Merlin helicopter from the desert. The students worked in a cold hangar alongside Naval engineers who were servicing the real aircraft.
Up against eleven other Cornish school teams the MBA young engineers worked as a very effective team and came joint third.
During a break in the challenge the students were given a tour of the Merlin training facilities including a £100 million flight simulator. Lockheed Martin make the Merlin helicopters for the Navy and 824 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Culdrose, man and maintain those aircraft. RNAS Culdrose is the national centre for the training of Merlin engineers.
Well done to our five students and thank you to RNAS Culdrose, 824 Naval Air Squadron and Lockheed Martin.