Raytheon Technologies’ popular UK 2021 Quadcopter Challenge is back and running virtually for the first time.

Raytheon Technologies is calling for schools and cadets in Manchester to apply and participate in their STEM challenge to design and potentially build a Quadcopter.

The challenge has been created to inspire the next generation of STEM learners and drive engagement in science and technology-based subjects.

Following months of being away from the classroom, the challenge offers young people the chance to experience engineering while giving them access to RTX STEM ambassadors for hands on support, across the country.

In its 7th year, the hugely popular challenge is focusing on supporting students to think about their Mission to Mars.

School children aged between 13-14 (Year 9) will be asked to push the limits on current Quadcopter designs, tasked with thinking of creative ideas which respond to the engineering brief set by the award-winning STEM team whilst learning how our innovations will help future generations in the exploration of Space.

After a series of regional heats, the UK National Final for this flagship STEM programme will be held virtually and will provide an exciting day of competition for all attending participants.

The winning team will be given a chance to fly their designs when government and safety guidelines permit it.

James Gray, Managing Director Cyber, Space & Training, Raytheon UK,“This month marks a year since the UK went into lockdown. During the last 12 months school children’s education has been greatly disrupted. The pandemic has shown how crucial science and technology is to our society, from the monumental steps taken in the vaccine development to the shift to remote work.

Around the globe, countries have made significant advances in Space exploration, focusing our challenge on Space will hopefully inspire and attract students to STEM based subjects giving us a new generation of STEM leaders and innovators. This Quadcopter Challenge gives young people the rare opportunity to test their engineering skills and open the doors to the world of STEM. That’s why we’re inviting Manchester schools to enter our biggest challenge yet.”

About The Quadcopter Challenge

  • The competition will run from March until June. Participating schools will be asked to be available for the following dates: the competition opens from 23rd March 2021 and entries must be submitted by 24th May 2021. Successful schools will then be given 4 weeks to develop and build their ideas and will present their final to judges on 22nd June 2021
  • All participating schools will take part in a virtual full-day Regional qualifying event, to be held in May 2021, where teams will present their ideas to Raytheon and special guest Judges
  • The top team from each of our regional sites across the UK will qualify for the UK National Final
  • 2021 is set to be the biggest challenge yet, with support from leading organisations in the Raytheon family, including Collins Aerospace

To register interest for the 2021 competition, email: stem@raytheon.co.uk


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