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Air Tattoo Hosts Junior Engineering Challenge

Published: 15 Jul 2018

Primary schools from across the local area travelled to the Royal International Air Tattoo on Friday (July 13) to compete in the Junior Engineering Challenge final.

The STEMworks (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) initiative funded by the RAF Charitable Trust, saw 16 local schools compete to win a cash prize and trophy.

In teams of two, the children were tasked with building and racing their own car, building with Meccano construction sets and designing something to help the RAF in the future.

After a tough decision from the judges -including Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden and STEM representative Mo Follis - three schools came away victorious. Fairford C of E Primary School, Ashton C of E Primary School, and Cirencester Primary School all took home awards presented by Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Defence.

Al Worden, who watched as the children competed in the final race said: "This is an awfully important thing for me. I encourage all children to study maths and engineering - I think it's fabulous."

The final took place in the Air Tattoo's TechnoZone where STEM subjects are brought to life through cutting edge exhibits and interactive activities, designed to engage and inspire future generations.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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