Eight members of Y9 were invited to attend the ‘Make It’ Enterprising Challenge at Wychwood Park Hotel in Crewe on Thursday 24 March 2011.
The Manufacturing Institute’s ‘Make It’ campaign is a programme of education business linked activities that are designed to enrich the curriculum and to create designers of the future.
The ‘Make It’ Enterprising Challenges are one-day based events held across the North West England and Wales which are supported by a host of business partners including Jaguar Land Rover, Aircelle, Siemens, the Hyde Group and Robert Wiseman Dairies. Our heat was sponsored by BAE Systems, a global defence and aerospace company with a local site at Radway Green in Cheshire and a workforce of 97,500 people worldwide.
On the day, teams from up to 12 local schools competed to create the best new unmanned vehicle. They were judged on their understanding of the design brief, the successful completion of key tasks and their enterprising skills and qualities. The top two winning teams from the heat will go on to represent their schools at the regional aerospace final at Ribby Hall Village in June.
We received some fantastic feedback from Aimee Perry, team leader for the BAE Systems team on the day. She said “The day was a great success all round and from the feedback we received, was very educational and worthwhile for the pupils. We were very impressed by the enthusiasm of your pupils on the day, as well as the wide range of skills they demonstrated as a team. Their behaviour was impeccable and their smart attire portrayed a very professional approach. We hope they enjoyed the day as much as we did and the school is willing to attend another similar event.”