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Schools soar high to lift honours in annual Flight Experience competition

Published 14/04/2011

Two south Belfast schools were selected as winners in the annual school competition, The Flight Experience, held on April 7 at the W5 Science and Discovery Centre in the Odyssey.

Pupils from all over Northern Ireland competed at the final of Bombardier Aerospace’s competition.

The team from St Bride's Primary School on Derryvolgie Avenue won the Key Stage 2 competition while Fleming Fulton’s team won the special school category.

The challenge is linked to Bombardier’s educational programme which promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as exciting and creative processes of discovery and invention, and provides a practical learning experience for school children.

Entrants were challenged to design, build and fly a self-propelled model aircraft using recyclable, everyday objects.

Aeroplanes manufactured from a wide range of materials, including balsa wood, paper clips, lollipop sticks and elastic bands, were judged on design, construction, flight and livery.

The prizes for the winning teams included an action-packed trip to London, taking in visits to the Science Museum, London Eye and a West End show, as well as £1,000 for their respective schools.

A special award this year, sponsored by Aer Lingus, went to the team whose model aircraft flew the longest distance.

The lucky team will have the opportunity to pilot an Aer Lingus flight simulator at Dublin Airport.

David Molloy, Vice President, Human Resources, Bombardier Aerospace, said the challenge helped with team-building and added: “We hope the experience, as well as being a lot of fun, will inform and inspire them about possible career paths in aerospace.

“Today, their creative abilities have demonstrated their potential to become tomorrow's innovators.”

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