Bede’s Preparatory School won the 22nd annual Young Engineers Challenge organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership on behalf of the Eastbourne Engineering Club.
The challenge focused on the application of delivery drones and the principles of flight, aerofoils and airscrews.
Following a presentation by Chris Hayton from Northbrook College and some demonstration drone flights by Brighton Video Productions and Sussex Productions, the 12 teams of Year 6 and Year 7 pupils were tasked with building two free-fall delivery drones that would be flight tested carrying a raw egg.
Working initially from a common design using a variety of supplied materials and secondly from their own ideas, the challenge proved just that with the teams refining performance during their initial flight tests.
Everyone experienced a range of important engineering, problem solving and team working skills. Final flight testing from the roof height of the Bede’s Sports Hall produced a variety of interesting results with just a few broken eggs! .
The teams were judged on their innovation, the design and quality of construction, teamwork and the condition of the egg on landing. Eastbourne Mayor Janet Coles attended to assist with the judging and to also present the prizes to the winners.
Engineers from local pump companies, Alfa Laval Pumps Ltd, Wright Flow Technologies Ltd and HMD Seal/less Pumps Ltd helped to plan the challenge, provided sponsorship and assisted on the day.
Engineers from Southern Water also attended on the day. Eastbourne Theatres and JWD Enterprises organised tables and Bede’s Preparatory School once again provided the venue.
Tim Sorensen, from Eastbourne EBP, said, “Our 22nd annual challenge helped to put some real engineering lessons in context for the pupils and was great fun.
“It encouraged teamwork and helped them to develop their practical skills. We were pleased that so many schools were able to take part and grateful again to our sponsors for their generous support.”
Bede’s Preparatory School received the Young Engineers Challenge Trophy and special team and individual prizes. The runners up were Willingdon Primary School and Stone Cross School.
All participants received a special certificate in recognition of their achievement.