RNAS Culdrose challenge

Mr Gosling’s Year 9 Design & Technology students travelled to RNAS Culdrose near Helston on 27th November for a challenge with nine other schools from the county organised by engineering company, Lockheed Martin.

From their base in the Merlin helicopter hangar, the teams allocated roles for each member, including electrical engineers, structural engineers and mechanical engineers.

Each team then set to work on the task of designing a system which would life a stranded helicopter from its location in a desert to enable it to be put onto a rescue trailer.

Mr Gosling said: “Although we didn’t win on this occasion, our students’ design was very well-constructed, scored well on the weight element and worked at lifting the model helicopter.”

During the busy day out, students also visited the RN helicopter rescue section to see the equipment available to a crew in the event of an emergency, including a parachute training simulator.

“The whole team enjoyed the day and developed vital communication, design and problem-solving skills which are always sought-after by future employers,” said Mr Gosling.