Sea Cadets success in Raytheon Technologies Quadcopter Challenge
Business / Tue 27th Dec 2022 at 06:09pm
FOLLOWING months of pitching, preparation and flying, the Raytheon Technologies Quadcopter Challenge took place last night at Royal Air Force College Cranwell, where Brentwood Sea Cadets scooped up second place after a nail-biting final.
The competition, designed to encourage students to take up STEM, saw 92 teams compete nationwide for the coveted title.
The Brentwood Sea Cadets, which composed of Ahmet Deveci, William Everitt, Jude Lines, Max Matthews, Fynn Rodell and Cameron Syed, came second in the national competition with just four points between them and winners St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel.
This year’s competition saw students consider the environment as they designed and built their quadcopters: from the materials they incorporated to the machine’s planet-saving purpose.
Since April, students have been building their quadcopters, participating in practice fly days to test their designs and make real-time spot repairs, and then competing in a regional final against other local schools to claim their top stop in the final.
Hosted in a base steeped in over 100 years of Royal Air Force history, the challenge culminated in a day of competition where young people from all over the country presented their quadcopters and responded to tasks set to them by a judging panel.
“I was delighted to be on the judging panel for the national final of the Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge,” said Air Commodore Andrew Dickens, Commandant Royal Air Force College Cranwell. “Supporting events like this that inspire future generations of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers is at the heart of what the Royal Air Force Youth and STEM seek to achieve.”
The Judging panel consisted of Air Commodore Andrew Dickens, Commandant Royal Air Force College Cranwell, Pam Robertshaw, Head of Performance Excellence at Raytheon UK, Sajeda Afzal, Value Stream Leader at Collins Aerospace, Ross Tarnowski, Head of Learning and Skills for Engineering and Technology at Lincoln College, Maggie Appleton, CEO of RAF Museum and Milly Francis-Owen, Aircraft Apprentice at Raytheon UK.
“The quadcopter challenge is actually the project which inspired me to begin a career within engineering, as I competed in the challenge aged 14,” said Millie Francis-Owen, Aircraft Apprentice at Raytheon UK. “It furthered my interest to take engineering at GCSE, and then continue with engineering at college. This then led me to the apprenticeship which I’m currently part way through. It has had a substantial impact on my life as it has led me to where I am today.
“So much can be learnt and applied to future work I am tasked with. As a judge, I hope to inspire more students like myself,” she said.
Since it began seven years ago, the quadcopter challenge has continued to expand. This year saw the challenge reach all four nations of the United Kingdom with over 92 teams, 41 schools and Air Cadet groups and 500 students taking part.
It was a fantastic opportunity for these young cadets and they really enjoyed the whole process. I thoroughly recommend cadet organisations and school groups to get involved with this challenge for 2023.