RAF Waddington has held its annual Project-X event, a STEM themed initiative run by the station’s Youth and Schools Engagement Team in conjunction with Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership.

Students from the 10 participating schools have been challenged to plan, design and build a model aircraft through a scenario that will successfully air-drop supplies to “downed” aircrew. The supplies represented by an egg.

After some stiff competition it was Banovallum School (Horncastle) who flew away with the winners title in this year’s competition.

Their innovative aircraft design demonstrated a real understanding of all the mathematical, logistical and engineering challenges the project presents and proved itself capable of dropping fragile supplies from a zip-wire.

Leading the project Fg Off Fox said :

“Banovallum School should be immensely proud of themselves. The level of innovation and the quality of their design has really impressed us all today.”

Schools mentor Sgt Harvey said:

“All the participants should be proud of their efforts. There’s obviously been a huge amount of thought put into each of the entries as it was clear to me that all the students had a real desire to solve this tricky problem. Who knows, we might have a few future engineers in the room!”

Mr. Tom Bollan, Head of Creative Arts and Design Technology said :

“I’m immensely proud of the Banovallum team and our RAF mentors who have contributed so much throughout the project. Their input and experience gives the students the confidence and determination to work effectively as a team.”

During the day students were also invited to join in activities with several of the sections from the station like the Fire Section, Regiment Flight and the Survival Equipment Section.