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2 April 2014

Cardiff and Vale College welcomes the aero engineers of the future

Young schoolchildren from across Cardiff and the Vale had a chance to try out their aeronautical engineering skills at Cardiff and Vale College’s Aero Challenge.

The competition was held at the College’s International Centre for Aerospace Engineering (ICAT) at Cardiff Airport. Four schools came in each day to compete in the challenge, which featured a range of engineering tasks. Radyr Comprehensive won the competition, while Llantwit Major High School was highly commended as it sent Year 9 pupils while all the other school’s competitors were in Year 10.

Radyr Comprehensive Physics Teacher Leo Ball said the Aero Challenge was a very enjoyable event.

“The pupils enjoyed the day immensely,” he explained. “The challenge gave our pupils the opportunity to tackle new challenges in novel surroundings, in particular the main ‘teaching hangar’ at ICAT which is a unique environment and lends an air of excitement to the team tasks

“The pupils were able to practise many skills including teamwork, communication, numeracy, organisation, motor skills and leadership. The challenge gave students the opportunity to throw themselves into a wide range of unfamiliar tasks under the expert and friendly guidance of course tutors. It was also a great benefit for the pupils to be able to work with ICAT’s experts and students, gaining an insight into the world of engineering which I believe will be of great benefit in informing their future educational choices.

“ICAT provided a day of competition for pupils which was very well organised, thoroughly educational and, most importantly, brilliant fun. We very much look forward to our return.”

Llantwit Major High School Head of Chemistry Rob Jones added:  “Pupils who attended the Aeronautical Challenge have gained a great insight into a different aspect of Engineering. They have all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  The practical activities on offer were very interactive and challenged the pupils to think about careers within the Aerospace industry. Pupils now appreciate the work of an Engineer far more after this experience.”

All the pupils who took part received certificates and the winning school at the end of each day received a framed certificate. The winning and highly commended schools will both receive a prize handcrafted by ICAT staff.