Fly to the Line UK - Season 2 - 2019 - 2020
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.
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) and you must then pay the registration fee for your school. This is £45.00 + VAT and covers everything for ten teams to compete at school stage and the 1 winning team to attend the regional finals if you wish too. Click here to buy your school registration.
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: https://www.dendrite.me/content/view/contentid/5c3345af08d734dc08611004
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 virtual regional Flight Hubs and the combined leader board from linked schools will determine the top 5 teams from each virtual Hub that are invited to one of four national finals.
Winners of each Virtual Regional finals will be invited to a National level Final at the beginning of April 2020.
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.