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FLYING HIGH ….. that’s Lytham St Annes High Technology College who have been crowned Young Engineers 2017

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Young Engineers final
Young Engineers final

A  team of young aviators are celebrating a soaraway success which landed their school  a £10,000 prize after a thrilling challenge at Blackpool and the Fylde College’s  Advanced Technology Centre at Bispham.

Lytham  were one of ten school teams who qualified for the final of the fifth annual Young Engineers competition –  organised by The Gazette and College and sponsored by Cuadrilla Resources and Centrica for pupils, aged 13-15.

As in the qualifying competition held in February, which involved an initial  18 teams,  the schools were tasked  with a ‘blind’ fun challenge – to design, build and then fly  a propeller-driven aircraft  from a boxful of materials including balsa wood, rubber bands, glue and blu-tack. However to make the final even tougher – the teams were asked to build not one but two flying machines.

During the morning workshop session students demonstrated their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic) skills by preparing designs that showed scientific knowledge of symmetry, balace and elevation, without any teacher assistance, before taking their designs from the drawing board and building their machines.

The afternoon was devoted to flying their aircraft – taking careful aim on an scoreboard set up as an   ‘oil rig’ landing strip inside the ATC, watched by rival schools, while College staff measured the machines effectiveness,  for distance and accuracy.

There were  some  dream flights as well as disasters but Lytham’s cumulative   score after three rounds of flights saw them narrowly beat last year’s winners Fleetwood High School, followed in descending order, by South Shore Academy, Carr Hill |High, Baines, St Bede#s, Rossall, Hodgson Academy, Montgomery and Unity Academy.

The fun action was watched by VIPs including  Blackpool North and Thornton Cleveleys  MP Paul Maynard, Blackpool. Deputy Mayor of Blackpool Gary Coleman  and Mayoress Ms Joan Goldin  and Wyre Mayor Coun Terry Lees.

College Executive Director of Commercial Development Daryl Platt congratulated the schools and organisers for a great day before  Cuadrilla’s Director of Government and Public Affairs Matt Lambert handed over the £10,000 winners cheque and trophies to the Lytham St Annes High team. All  schools received framed awards and all pupils taking part received certificates.

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Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire. Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.