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Fly To The Line: Glider Challenge

Distance Challenge

: 15.07.2020 22:04 - 31.05.2021 22:03

: 01.09.2020 22:04 - 30.07.2021 22:05

: Paid by school

Welcome to the Glider Challenge 



The challenge is open to any school anywhere in the world. 

The challenge 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.  


NEW for this Season..........

 The challenge is virtual, enabling student teams to complete with each other, and to collaborate with other students around the world.

  • Registration remains open until May 2021- click below to sign up.
  • A Global Virtual Finals will be supported in June 2021 held through a virtual Global Flight Hub. The Top 20 teams from each continent will be invited to take part.

What does my school receive once I have paid the registration fee of £69.00 + VAT + postage?

  • 20 x A3 biodegradable foam sheets (supports 10 teams taking part)
  • 1 x Slice Knife finger friendly cutting tool
  • 1 x elasticated rope for launcher
  • 1 x standard launcher design
  • Online access to the teaching materials

The project is fully resourced with lesson plans and activity guides made available in the qualifying stage area for registered schools. Any localisation of content will be published in your schools continetal HUB where demand exists and competing schools are encouraged to share ideas and resources by adding them to the forum area in their country HUB.


How do I register?

To register your school for the competition, click the button below to pay your entry fee of £69.00 + VAT + postage.  Additional packs of foam boards can also be purchased at this time.


Once your registration purchase is complete you will be invited to join this challenge area within Dendrite and this will grant you access to the qualifying flight area where all the teaching materials and extension resources are published. 

The 20 teams with the best flying glider from each continent will be invited to represent their school at the virtual global finals in June 2021.

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 challenge works:

Use the guidance and ideas in the content areas below to design, build and test gliders through the year.  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.


Teacher Guide

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

The resources in the sections below contain lots of information to help you manage taking part in the competition. 


Where can I get advice on running the in-school flight event?

You can review the videos and presentation below which include new resources on running your in school flying event.


Where can I get more help or information?

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.



What do teachers say about it?

  • It was an amazing experience, I took a team of two girls to the National finals, not once have they asked where they finished, they were taken over by the experience. It didn't matter if they first or last.  Mark Parry, Elm Green School
  • The competition is a refreshing change from normal STEM activities, the competition element fired the pupils up to test and evaluate then to improve. Pupil of all abilities could access the competition, and everyone was on an equal footing. Richard Mansfield, Rose Hill School (Pilot Season)
  • It is a well-resourced activity that can be ran over a lunchtime club or as a series of lessons. It stimulates the children like nothing else, allows every child to partake regardless of ability.  Richard Mansfield, Rose Hill School (Season 1)
  • Fantastic opportunity. Well worth having a go. So much fun for the children and adults involved. We loved it and the children got so much out of it. Jodie Blincow, St, Mary’s Catholic Primary School
  • A highly engaging project, sufficiently challenging along with superb partnerships and expert support.  Helen Brougham, Moorshouse Primary
  • It's a great opportunity to apply stem skills to a purposeful activity Claire Williams, Newcastle School For Girls
  • Fly to the line is an experience that will bring STEAM Education alive, Children have control of their own designs and will learn, initially through failure, how to succeed. It is safe and affordable for everyone to join in, it was a truly diverse and inclusive experience for us, with disabled site access and needs all being catered for. The whole process was a challenge, but was thoroughly enjoyed, from the first build to competition. We will be back for Season 2. I would encourage other Educators to step out of their comfort zone and discover the magic of flight, it is an experience you will all gain new skills from, whilst having lots of fun too.  Amanda Harvey, Home Educator
Title Time constraints Geolocation Participants
Qualifying Flight 01.09.2020 22:07
01.06.2021 22:08
Earth 173
Virtual Global Finals 01.06.2021 17:39
09.07.2021 17:40
Earth 0