STEM winners rewarded with 'flying' lesson

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Flying high: Broadcaster Reggie Yates with the students from Bredon Hill Academy in the wind tunnel (image: supplied)

Students took part in a wind tunnel “flying” session with broadcaster Reggie Yates as part of the Ultimate STEM Lesson.

The lesson was laid on for students from Bredon Hill Academy in Worcestershire after they won the Ultimate STEM Challenge 2017 competition earlier this year.

The winning students Amelie, Cathryn and Hattie joined a number of their classmates for a day of activities, including the “flying” session at the iFLY Centre in Milton Keynes.

The Ultimate STEM Challenge is a national science competition that asks students aged 11 to 14 to come up with solutions to one of three STEM-related problems. Amelie, Cathryn and Hattie were inspired by the “design” of the draco lizard when coming up with their solution to finding the best wing design for a remote controlled survey aircraft.

The 2018 competition is now open for entries with three possible challenges having been unveiled for students to tackle. These are: Creating an efficient design for generating electricity from moving water; growing indoor plants using a sustainable method that conserves water; and building a system that generates and captures biomethane from food waste.

  • For more information on the competition, which is run by STEM Learning and the Science Museum and supported by BP, and to access the resources, visit


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