ON Friday November 10th, Passmores Academy competed in the regional final of Raytheon’s 2017 Quadcopter challenge.
Under the expert guidance of STEM ambassadors, Year 9 students had spent September and October building and practicing to fly their quadcopters in preparation for the competition. Team Passmores competed against a variety of schools across Essex to determine who would progress to the National final in Manchester in December.
The first part of the regional final involved students presenting their Quadcopter and research project to a team of judges. Their presentation included things like the design, mechanics and build of the Quadcopter. Students also reflected on the skills they had used and developed during the project. These ranged from teamwork, communication and delegation to creativity, independent inquiry and perseverance.
The final part of the final was to determine what team could post the best time flying their Quadcopter around the two obstacle courses. There were a few bumps and crashes along the way but through sheer resilience, the team successfully manoeuvred their way around the course.
When the judges marks from the presentation and obstacle course were combined, Passmores secured a second place finish. All students involved were a credit to themselves and the school and represented Passmores with confidence, respect and maturity. Team Passmores was made up of Alfie, Mikila, Paddy, Thomas, Lily, George, Michael and Kai, all in year 9.
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