Gwynedd pupils shine in engineering event
Llanbedr’s Snowdonia Aerospace Centre recently hosted the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ 4th annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge.
Teams of undergraduates from all over the world were set the challenge of designing and building a functioning unmanned aircraft which then had to prove its ability to complete a specific course, and deliver supplies to key locations.
Pupils from Ysgol Ardudwy and Ysgol y Moelwyn spoke to teams from as far as Pakistan and Sri Lanka about their designs, and took part in a wide range of Science and Engineering activities, from flying mini quadcopters to building working lighthouses from paper and tin foil.
Primary school pupils were also invited to take part in a competition to design a rescue Aircraft, with the winning entries all coming from Ysgol Bro Lleu, Penygroes. Pupils Ciara, Dafydd and Swyn impressed the judges with designs for Aircraft which could rescue people from areas damaged by volcano, and all-purpose rescue Vehicles which could accommodate both people and animals.
Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development said:
“I am delighted that Gwynedd’s school pupils received the opportunity to visit Snowdonia Aerospace Centre, and take part in these activities. Today’s pupils will be tomorrow’s engineers and scientists, and we are striving to ensure that high quality jobs will be created both here in Llanbedr and in the wider economy, to allow future generations of Gwynedd’s young people to succeed in their communities.”
PHOTOGRAPH: Ysgol Bro Lleu pupils with their winning design for a rescue aircraft