Helicopters hover over Burnt Mill Academy

Copters at BurntTHE skies above Burnt Mill Academy are set to become filled with the quirky site of quadcopters.

The school, in First Avenue, Harlow, is hosting the grand final of a competition to find the most competent young designers and manufacturers.

Year 8 and 9 students from the school’s STEM club – science, technology, engineering and maths – have been working with local technology designer and manufacturer Raytheon to get their products just right.

The students – split into two teams – meet every week after school to research and perfect their quadcopters.

They will compete against teams from three other schools in the region in July in a number of challenges to demonstrate the quality of their product and their skills in operating it.

Francis Collins, subject leader for science at Burnt Mill, said: “Over the next couple of weeks, our teams will be learning to fly their quadcopters. On competition day, they will have to guide their copters over and under obstacles and will have to be able to lift objects up with them.

“In order to get to this stage and build the copters, the students have had to use their maths to design and make the propellers work, using accurate measurements and calculations. They have also had to understand the science of how aeroplanes and helicopters lift off the ground and fly; it involves a lot of physics.

“Our teams are really excited.”

The winners will get to meet the Red Arrows aerobatic display team and own their own quadcopter.
There will be food, music and a flight simulator on the day, with guests invited to go along to the school from 10am on Saturday July 4 to watch.

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