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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.

When you have read the instructions below - scroll to the bottom of the page and click the purple button "register my school".

When you're logged in to dendrite and are an administrator for your primary school STEM community on the platform you will see the school listed and a register button next to it.


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.  

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

The entry fee for each class of students in a primary school is £25.00 + VAT (£30.00 including VAT). For this entry fee the school will receive;

  • 1 pack of 10 x A3 5mm biodegradable foam sheets delivered to the school, 
  • all the teaching materials to support the competition,
  • a school STEM collaboration area on
  • entry for 1 team (of up to 4 students) from the registered class for the regional finals in 2018.

Note: A large school can register more than one class to take a team from each to regional finals. 


To register your class in competitions you need to have an approved administrator account for your school in Dendrite: 

  • Sign up to Dendrite using the Register options. Use your school email account as this will be checked.
  • In the sign up process, choose your school from the selections given. If it is not present, add the details.
  • If you are the first staff member to link to that school you will automatically be made the administrator.
  • Allow 24-48 hours for the Dendrite team to confirm that you are a teacher. This is part of our child protection measures.
  • When you log back into Dendrite you should see your school now listed in your homepage.
  • Open the competition page again (this page) and click the Register My School option against your school.
  • You will then see the 'Fly To The Line' Competition in the list of competitions on your Dashboard in Dendrite.

If your school already has administrators, you need to ask them or Dendrite staff to grant you school administration privileges. You can get more information on +44(0)1869346609.

Upon close of the registration phase on 15th December 2017, your school will be paired with your local Regional Race HUB (we have around 40 across the UK) and your Regional finals race date options will be issued.


Registration payment & purchasing additional resources

Once you have a Dendrite account and registered your school you can use the Online Store (store link also in the Information For Teachers section below) to complete payment of the registration fee for each class. Glider build kits will be sent to the school for the start of the Spring term in early January 2018.


How the competition works:

  • Use the guidance and ideas in the content areas below to design, build and test gliders in the Spring Term. 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.   
  • 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 late April to early May 2018.
  • 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.


Title Time constraints Geolocation Participants
School flight day 01.11.2017 09:00
31.10.2018 17:40
United Kingdom 273
Regional Finals 10.04.2018 09:00
10.05.2018 17:40
United Kingdom 0
National Finals 27.06.2018 10:00
27.06.2018 15:00
United Kingdom 0