Fife Schools take part in Raytheon UK Quadcopter Challenge

Archived news: published on Wednesday 01 Jun 2016 by Fife Economy Partnership

Event encourages student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Glenrothes, (1 June, 2016) – Four schools from Fife, Auchmuty High School, Glenrothes High School, Glenwood High School and Inverkeithing High School, will be competing in the Regional Final of the 2016 Raytheon UK Quadcopter Challenge on Wednesday 8 June at Auchmuty High School, the winning school will represent Scotland at the finals of this national competition to be held in Essex at the end of June.


Following the successful pilot last year, fourteen schools around each of Raytheon UK’s major sites: Broughton, Glenrothes, Waddington, Harlow and Gloucester are taking part in this national competition to build a fully functioning four-bladed multi-rotor, remotely piloted air system (commonly known as a quadcopter).


Each school has been given an identical kit to create a unique quadcopter by modifying the flight characteristics and customising various components such as the frame design, under carriage and canopy. Nominated pilots in each team also have to develop skills to navigate the quadcopter through a course with obstacles along the way. To help them become more confident, they have access to simulation software to practice their technique in preparation for the competition.


Designed specifically for second year pupils (S2), the Quadcopter challenge is part of Raytheon’s commitment to fostering student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).


“Raytheon UK provides a comprehensive programme of STEM activities throughout the year in an effort to inspire the next generation to choose STEM careers,” said Suzanne Jude, Head of Strategy and STEM Lead at Raytheon UK. “Working with schools, helping to create courses at universities, attending major outdoor events such as airshows, organising competitions and challenges all help to kindle a passion for STEM subjects in young people and develop a future generation with the right skill set to drive the UK’s technology agenda.”


Pamela Stevenson, Lead Officer Enterprise & Business Development in Fife Council Economic Development said, “Working with Raytheon UK as part of our Culture of Enterprise Programme, is another example of how we are partnering with local companies to create opportunities for our young people to learn and contextualize STEM subjects which will lead to more career opportunities for them”.


Dunfermline and West Fife MP, Douglas Chapman MP said, “I am delighted that Inverkeithing High School have been invited to take part in this exciting competition sponsored by Raytheon. This opportunity gives Inverkeithing students a great platform on which to show their STEM skills and knowledge to the full. I wish the school team well and I am sure they will do West Fife proud in the competition.”


The National final will take place on Thursday, 30 June, at Stow Maries Aerodrome, Chelmsford, Essex, when the students will put their creations through a series of challenges, designed by Raytheon UK, to test the designs for innovation, speed, agility and accuracy.

Pamela Stevenson, Lead Officer (Enterprise & Business Development) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 47 38 21 Fax: 01383 602542 Contact Pamela Stevenson online
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