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Beacon Engineering Triumph

20 May 2019   |   Beacon Academy

Rocket-powered cars have propelled Beacon into a national engineering final.

Polystyrene models, designed and made by two teams from Beacon, travelled at speeds of around 80-miles-per-hour in a regional final held at RAF Waddington.

Both will now compete in the Royal Air Force-backed Race for the Line competition’s national final at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, near Cambridge.

Beacon’s Year 7 had competed in teams for the right to represent the school.

The winners came second and third at Waddington with the top three going through to Duxford.

The third-placed team’s car reached 77.9mph while the second placed team’s model topped 86.1mph down the straight track, splitting in two as it was stopped on the finishing line. It was pipped to first place by just 0.4mph.

Team member Gabriel Hayward said it had been a great day at the Lincolnshire RAF base, with the children also being shown some of the RAF’s latest technology, including drones, virtual reality and robots.

“I’d done my research and learned how, in Formula One, the car design was all about aerodynamics,” Gabriel said.

“We needed to make our car as smooth as possible. My dad’s an engineer and I like the subject.

“We all felt quite nervous but we hoped we would win.”

Assistant head Lizzy Davies praised the children, who were up against 40 other teams from across Lincolnshire.

“They did so well in the competition and how they represented the school was exemplary,” she said.

Year 7 accelerated programme teacher Poula Hilditch said: “Adults are not allowed near the children when they are making the models but both our teams knew exactly what they had to do and we were thrilled they did so well.”

Jason Thurley, Principal at Beacon Academy, was delighted.

“Once again, the academy has made it through to the national final of an engineering competition, I am particularly proud that Beacon is the only academy in the country to have two teams qualify for the national final.” he said.

“This comes on the back of our performing arts students qualifying as regional winners for the northern open final of Rock Challenge.

“This is another example of how all students at Beacon are known as individuals and given opportunities to excel.”

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