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Fly to the Line UK - Season 1 - 2018 - 2019

Distance Challenge

: 06.06.2018 16:30 - 09.11.2018 17:00

: 03.09.2018 16:15 - 30.06.2019 16:16

: Sponsored

Welcome to the UK primary Schools Glider Challenge in partnership with RAF Museum Cosford.  SEASON 1 (last year was the pilot season)


The Glider Challenge offers primary schools a unique opportunity to begin to engage students in years 4, 5 and 6 (Scotland P5, P6 & P7) 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.  

StudentsTesting a Glider  Gliders  Exploring an RAF plane

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


Fly To The Line is CREST Discovery Award accredited.

We are delighted to announce that Fly To The Line has been accredited by the British Science Association at CREST Discovery Level.  

Find out more using the collection of resources here: 

How the competition works:

Use the guidance and ideas in the content areas below to design, build and test gliders through the Autumn and Early Spring 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 around February. 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).

Winners of each regional finals will be invited to a National level Final at the beginning of April 2019.

Teacher Guide

Further details are in the teacher guide which you can view and download from the menu below or by clicking here.


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.


*UPDATED* 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.The final list of locations and dates have been published.

To confirm (or advise non-attendance) please click the link below to complete a google rsvp form.  Responses are required by Monday, 21st January.

Fly to the Line - Attendance Confirmation

Schools 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. 

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)1869 346 609.


Title Time constraints Geolocation Participants
Qualifying Flight 03.09.2018 16:31
25.01.2019 16:31
United Kingdom 230
Regional Finals 07.01.2019 16:31
15.02.2019 16:31
United Kingdom 226
National Finals 04.03.2019 16:31
29.03.2019 16:31
United Kingdom 223