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Fly to the Line UK - Season 2 - 2019 - 2020


: 01.02.2019 22:04 - 19.07.2019 22:03

: 02.09.2019 22:04 - 02.04.2020 22:05

: Sponsored

Welcome to the UK primary Schools Glider Challenge in partnership with RAF Museum Cosford.  SEASON 2 - 2019/2020

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

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

What does my school receive?

  • 10 A3 biodegradable foam sheets
  • 1 x ceramic blade safety knife
  • 1 x standard launcher design
  • teaching materials

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


How do I register?

Schools must register by clicking the register my school button below (teachers you must be linked to your Dendrite school community to do this - see you profile top right).  We will then invoice your school, £45.00 + VAT which covers everything for ten teams to compete at school stage and the 1 winning team to attend the regional finals if you wish. 


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.

School Flight events are linked to regional Flight Hubs where the top 3 teams from each school are invited to attend and then compete against other schools in their areas.  The top 3 teams from these events are placed on a national leader board to determinme the best team in the whole of the United Kingdom.


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.

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 02.09.2019 22:07
30.01.2020 22:08
United Kingdom 40
Regional Finals 31.01.2020 22:11
31.03.2020 22:12
United Kingdom 0
National Finals 01.04.2020 22:13
01.07.2020 22:14
United Kingdom 0