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RAF Charitable Trust Presents Schools with Cash Prize

Published: 20 Jul 2018


Three schools in the Cotswolds were presented with prizes from the Fairford-based RAF Charitable Trust after their pupil's triumphed in the Junior Engineering Challenge, which was held at the Royal International Air Tattoo on Friday July 13.

Teams, each accompanying two pupils, from Fairford C of E Primary School, Cirencester Primary School and Ashton Keynes C of E Primary School competed against 16 others in building and racing their own car at the final which was held in the Air Tattoo's Techno Zone.

Judged by a panel including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) representatives and Apollo 15 astronaut, Al Worden, Fairford Primary School was awarded first place, whilst Ashton Keynes Primary and Cirencester Primary were awarded joint second place.

Junior Engineering Challenge Coordinator, Sandra Keen said: "The pupils from Fairford Primary school won first prize because they worked hard together to engineer their vehicle to be the fastest."

Applause erupted as RAF Charitable Trust Director Justine Morton presented the first prize - a £500 cheque - to pupils, Daisy and Heidi from Fairford Primary School in front of their teachers and classmates.

Runners up, Cirencester Primary School and Ashton Keynes Primary School were each presented with a £200 cheque by the Trust.

Ms Morton said: "The Trust is once again, delighted to fund STEM workshops for local schools in the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire area.

"It's brilliant that we are able to support our neighbours and work in partnership with our local schools to help them get the best experience out of the Air Tattoo for their pupils."

“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, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show Iíve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

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