Winning students from Torquay Academy took part in exclusive visits to RAF Cranwell & RAF Coningsby and Silverstone racetrack.

23 Jul 2019

Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge 2019 winning students from Torquay Academy took part in exclusive visits to RAF Cranwell & RAF Coningsby and looked behind the scenes at the top-secret Mercedes workshop at Silverstone racetrack as part of their prize earlier this month.

The winning team was made up of students Kacy Fairhurst, Angus Graham, Will Harrison, Ollie Hill, Azize Isufi, Emily Mahoney-Billis, Oliver Phillips, Robin Pightling, James Scrimgeor and Antonia Standen.

On Day 1 RAF Youth Engage showed them around their High G test facility, state-of-the-art flight simulators, the iconic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight visitors’ centre and gave them a hands-on tour around the latest RAF Typhoon Eurofighter.

On Day 2, just a week before the Silverstone Grand Prix, the team from Mercedes Petronas F1 gave the winners a tour of the design office, composites department, autoclaves, race day strategy room and the mechanic bays that individually prepare the cars used by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Torquay Academy at the RAF

Headteacher Steve Margetts said “They had the most incredible time… The two days have been a celebration of the passion, hard work and effort students put into their robotics challenge over the past year whilst also acting as inspiration for what promise to be bright futures in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths.”

Applications have closed for the 2019/2020 academic year but you can register your interest in taking part in 2020/2021 here.

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