Pupils from Plasmawr win CAVC Aero Challenge

15 May 2015

Pupils from Plasmawr win Cardiff and Vale College's Aero Challenge

Pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr have proven that they are the aircraft engineers of the future, winning Cardiff and Vale College’s Aero Challenge.

To celebrate National Science and Engineering Week, the College offered high schools in Cardiff and the Vale the opportunity take part in an exciting competition designed to test engineering abilities. The Aero Challenge included an ‘Aircraft Drop’ to test quick thinking and agility, an introduction to the theory of flight, a chance to use a flight simulator and work on one of CAVC’s ‘live’ aircraft.

The second annual Aero Challenge took place at CAVC’s International Centre for Aerospace Training, which is based at Cardiff Airport. It was set in ICAT’s hangar, which hosts a number of aircraft and large gas turbine engines.

Eight teams from seven schools entered the challenge, including St Teilo’s High School, Barry Comprehensive, Howells School, Radyr Comprehensive, Western Federation School and Llantwit Major High School. However, it was Plasmawr that took the prize for best overall team and received a special certificate and clock at a ceremony at their school.

CAVC Head of Aerospace Engineering Ian Cowell said:  “It’s been great hosting another successful competition this year where young people from our local schools competed in our Aero Challenge. It was a pleasure to see young people working as teams in competitions on our aircraft - the passion and commitment shown was of an extremely high standard and completely beyond my expectations.

“Congratulations to the winners Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr - the team competed at a high standard and achieved top marks in nearly every section, they displayed the attitude and determination that eventually took them to victory. I must thank all of the schools for participating and providing a great opportunity for your students to experience the Aero Industry and the opportunities we can offer them to access these great careers. I’m already looking forward to next year’s competition!”