Flying Start Update: National Finals Here We Come!

Three teams from Clifton High went to the Flying Start Competition Regional Finals. Those teams came 2nd, 3rd and 4th overall so two CHS teams go through to the National Finals in Yeovilton in March!

At the Regional Finals, the teams had to build a glider to a budget and create a poster about their design process and the physics of flight.

Each team presented their glider and poster to a judging panel of professional engineers - very nerve wracking! Then the gliders took part in a 'fly-off' where teams scored more points if their glider went straight and far. A quiz about flight and engineering and the research the teams had done about aeroplanes and the history of flight really helped them. All the CHS teams performed brilliantly and we took 2nd, 3rd and 4th places with the 4th place team securing only 4 points out of a possible 200 behind the 3rd place team!

Cotham School took 1st place but CHS beat all the other local schools taking part including Bradley Stoke Community School, Badminton School and John Cabot to name a few. Thank you to our Airbus mentor engineers and all the Flying Start sponsors for a great competition so far.

So two CHS teams now go through to the National Final which is held in March at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, where the fly-off is held under the belly of Concorde. Well done to Suleiman, Nazir, Tom, Ted, Tom, Matthew, Nick, Freddy, Michalis and Bill. Good luck, boys!