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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.




For the teams and schools that were successful at the regional finals, the next stage is the National Final which is to be held on the 27th June at RAF Museum at Cosford

Winning teams will receive information via email from Dendrite with more information shortly (Please check all spam and trash folders in case you do not receive it).  We are taking the top three teams forward from each regional final and a number of 'wildcard' 4th and 5th places will be offered.

Schools should aim to get to the RAF Museum Cosford for registration to be completed between 9:00 and 9:30 AM.   The event will end at approx 3:00 AM 

RAF Museum Cosford Address

Lysander Ave,
TF11 8UP

Sat Nav Postal Code:  WV7 3EU

Google Map Link: 



If you need to travel overnight, Kinver Scout Training Camp has overnight options. Just call or email and mention Fly to the Line at RAF Museum Cosford to discuss accommodation options with them.  The camp is approx 40mins from the Museum.



Kinver Scout Training Camp
The Compa 


Mobile: 07736 378965


About the Fly To The Line competition

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.  

In its 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.

For the 2017-2018 season, 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 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 222
Regional Finals 10.04.2018 09:00
20.06.2018 17:40
United Kingdom 221
National Finals @ RAF Museum Cosford 27.06.2018 09:00
27.06.2018 15:00
Shifnal 221