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VIDEO: Lincolnshire school win RAF Waddington plane building competition

By SMorris_LE  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

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Students from Branston Community Academy beat competition from nine other schools in a RAF plane building competition at RAF Waddington.

Each school was tasked with building a model plane using household items like cola bottles, coat hangers, sponge packaging, felt tip pens, cotton wool, green paper, string, a funnel, rulers and duct tape.

The challenge required the students to design an aircraft that traveled along a zip wire and released two eggs at different points along the way – but without breaking them.

Students worked every lunch time for three weeks, as well as after school, to fine tune their design -carrying out test runs along a climbing rope out of the classroom window - before the big showdown at Waddington.

After two test runs and an intense Dragon's Den style grilling from officers at the base the Branston pupils were crowned victorious.

The team – made up of pupils Brendan Bourne, Sam Holliday, Charlotte Moore, Merrin Painter, Tom Rounsley, Lily Brocklehurst, Ash-Lee Heathershaw, Jessica Taylor – produced the only plane to drop eggs on both targets with no damage suffered.

They beat rivals from The King's School in Grantham, De Aston School in Market Rasen, Banovallum School in Horncastle, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar in Alford, Skegness Academy, The Peele Community College in Long Sutton, Kesteven and Sleaford High School, The Priory Witham Academy and The Priory City of Lincoln Academy.

“The pupils were under a lot of pressure but they rose to the challenge exceptionally well, especially given that it was our first year,” said James Carter, the school’s science gifted and talented co-ordinator.

“We are immensely proud of the students and how well they responded.

"The competition was very tough but that makes the victory even more special. Our only problem now is that the team have set the bar so high for next year.”

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