Flying Start

Flying Start Challenge is an engineering competition in the South West of England run by eight high profile aerospace companies. It is held for students at local schools to help them develop key skills and increase awareness of the excellent careers available in Engineering. Year 9 pupils have recently enjoyed a day designing, building and testing gliders as part of this Challenge.  As well as expanding their knowledge of the aviation industry, pupils learnt about the physics of flight, how to operate as engineers, and practise their budgeting skills. The pupils tested their creations in the Main Hall and competed for the privilege of representing Clifton High School at the Regional Final in February. The best teams from the Regional Final will go on to compete in the National Finals, to be held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton in March. The current Year 9 pupils have a fine example to follow as last year a Clifton High team won the competition, earning £1000 worth of science equipment for the school along with a trip in a real glider. The teams put in a sterling effort with some excellent flights recorded: one glider even landed in the Main Hall balcony after being launched from the stage. Congratulations to the winning teams: ‘Flying Hippies’, who came third with a flight length of 13.7m, ‘Pring-Mageddon’ whose glider flew 15m and ‘Atlas’ who were awarded first place after their glider flew an impressive 16m.Clifton High would like to thank the engineers from Airbus for delivering such an interesting and enjoyable day to pupils.