Students from across the South West attended a week of activities at Bristol Technology and Enterprise Academy before joining to start their next phase of learning in Key Stage 4
The challenge was to work in teams and replicate the earliest experiments with flight by Sir George Caley (1773 -1857 'The father of Flight').
This included looking at his school books when he was a similar age to the Year 9 students
Sketches of experiments in his later notebooks. Students worked in teams with volunteer engineer to replicate Caley's inventions.
Replicating and testing Caley's earliest experiments with a 'Whirling Arm' to determine the angle of attack and size of wings needed to lift a person
The day was supported by a team of engineers from GKN, MOD, Rolls-Royce and Business West who also talked about their job roles and progression routes into engineering
Flight tests were accompanied by presentations from each team about what they thought would be the 'future of flight'
Final flight tests and presentations were attended by parents
We look forward to meeting these students in Year 10 when they will build their own unique radio controlled aircraft.