Banovallum is top of the class!

Some of the pupils who took part in Project X EMN-151127-100700001
Some of the pupils who took part in Project X EMN-151127-100700001

Students from Banovallum School in Horncastle have headed off strong competition from across the county to win Project-X 2015 - an airborne themed design and engineering challenge.

Since September, staff based at RAF Waddington have been mentoring Year 8 students from several schools.

The winning pupils from Banovallum School EMN-151127-100718001

The winning pupils from Banovallum School EMN-151127-100718001

The students had to plan, design and build a model aircraft through a scenario that will successfully air-drop fragile supplies to “downed” air crew.

Competition was tight, with only two points between Banovallum and second placed Lincoln Christ Hospital School, who came a very respectable second.

The Project-X Schools Challenge is just one of many exciting and challenging initiatives

Banovallum head Ms Nicki Shore said: “Education is as much about these wider opportunities as it is about classroom outcomes and we are grateful to the RAF for their expertise, organisation and role modelling which raises the ambitions and experience of Lincolnshire’s young people.

A student tests out a gas mask EMN-151127-100738001

A student tests out a gas mask EMN-151127-100738001

“Collaboration and teamwork are central to our school’s values and our Year 8 students worked fantastically hard. To gain this win will give them all a great springboard for further success.”

Project-X taps perfectly into the current school curriculum by testing mathematics, engineering and design skills.

In addition to designing an aircraft to deliver the supplies to the stricken aircrew, the teams had to endure an intense Dragons’ Den style interview where they had to answer several tough questions.

Project Officer, Flight Lieutenant Tiffany Morris, said: “This year was one of the closest competitions we’ve seen. Well done to all those that participated but especially to the winners - Banovallum.”

Testing the descent rope is secure EMN-151127-100756001

Testing the descent rope is secure EMN-151127-100756001

While at Waddington, students saw several special displays, including one by the bomb disposal team.

The winning team from Banovallum School EMN-151127-103746001

The winning team from Banovallum School EMN-151127-103746001