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Fly to the Line - The Primary Schools Glider Challenge from RAF Museum Cosford

: 01.11.2017 17:52 - 22.12.2017 17:52

: 08.01.2018 09:00 - 28.06.2018 16:00

Welcome to the UK primary Schools Glider Challenge in partnership with RAF Museum Cosford.


The Glider Challenge offers primary schools a unique opportunity to begin to engage students in years 4 and 5 (Scotland P5 & P6) with STEM subjects.

The competition is sponsored by the RAF Museum Cosford & The Learning Partnership to engage as many young people as possible with an authentic Science and Engineering challenge. The competition and supporting curriculum resources are designed to help equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience that they will need to embrace and tackle the global opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.  

This year, in our first season, 278 schools and several thousand students are competing nationally to design and build the best performing gliders that they can.

The project is fully resourced with lesson plans, printables and activity guides made available here online on the Dendrite STEM Education Community.

How the competition works:

Use the guidance and ideas in the content areas below to design, build and test gliders through the Spring and early Summer terms. There is a variety of additional lesson content you can use from now to explore key principles.

Hold an in-school glider flying competition, providing opportunities for students to refine their designs and launching skills.   Notes and a video presentation for this are in the content areas below.

The team/s (one team of up to 4 from each registered class at the school) with the best distance flying glider is invited to represent their school at the regional finals to be held at the regional Hub in May or early June. At the regional and national finals, students will get the opportunity to learn more about flight and will design and compete with new glider designs they make there (all tools and resources provided)  Note: Large schools can elect to pay for more than one team entry to allow teams from more than one class to attend.

The winners of each regional finals will be invited to the National Finals at RAF Museum Cosford on the 27th June 2018.

Further details are in the teacher guide which you can download below.


Where can I get advice on running the at school qualifying stage?

You can review the videos and presentation below which include new resources on running your in school qualifying stage and preparing for the regional final.

How do I find my regional final date and hub location?

Regional hubs are located at specialist aviation museums and forces aviation bases around the UK to provide an exciting and informative venue for the qualifying teams to design and fly gliders.

To find your date and hub, log into Dendrite and go to your homepage (Dendrite icon top left or 'Home' link in breadcrum trail) and choose your school. The competition events, dates and locations will be listed on your school homepage.

If a school team cannot make a regional final date or location, teams can attend another hub/day. Just let us know so we can organise the numbers.

Regional Final Hub Locations & Dates:

  • Avon & South Wales Fight HUB - Aerospace Bristol - 12th June, 2018

  • Central Midlands Flight HUB - MOD Kineton - 5th June, 2018

  • North East Flight HUB - North East Land, Sea and Air Museums - 5th June 2018

  • North London Flight HUB - The de Havilland Aircraft Museum - 5th June 2018

  • North West Flight HUB - Runway Visitor Park, Manchester Airport  - 6th June 2018

  • Notts/Lincs Flight HUB - Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum - 7th June 2018

  • South East Flight HUB - Lashenden Air Warfare Museum - 4th June 2018

  • South London Flight HUB - Gatwick Aviation Museum - 6th June 2018

  • South West England Flight HUB - RNAS Culdrose - 10th May 2018

  • West Midlands Flight HUB - Wolverhampton University - 9th May 2018

  • South Yorkshire Flight HUB - RAF Linton On Ouse - 4th June 2018

  • East Anglia Flight HUB - RAF Wyton - 5th June 2018

  • Southern England Flight Hub - Solent Sky Museum - 4th June 2018

Timetable for the Regional Final day:

School should aim to get to the regional competition for registration by 9:30AM.   The event will end at 2:30PM

Where can I get more help or information?

The resources in the sections below contain lots of information to help you manage taking part in the competition.  There is a map of all the schools taking part if schools want to coordinate on travel, etc.

You can use the message forum here to ask questions. If you post in the 'ask the experts' section, Learning Partnership staff are notified immediately.

If have other problems, you can get also more help and information on +44(0)1869346609.

Is it too late to register a team for this season?

Yes. Registration is now closed for this season, but we will be opening up registration for the 2018-2019 season soon. Watch this space and follow @dendrite_me 




Title Time constraints Geolocation Participants
Qualification Flights 01.02.2018 09:00
30.05.2018 17:40
United Kingdom 277
Regional Finals 10.04.2018 09:00
10.05.2018 17:40
United Kingdom 276
National Finals @ RAF Museum Cosford 27.06.2018 09:00
27.06.2018 15:00
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