Kingdown students competed in the National Finals of the Quadcopter Challenge in Birmingham and after a gruelling 8 hours of flying challenges and Public Speaking, Kingdown, emerged victorious, and were crowned Nation Champions 2018.

Charlie Sellars flew brilliantly throughout the day, putting the team in a strong position for the public speaking assessments. Becky Humphreys and the rest of the team, in front of the judges and over 200 spectators, presented very eloquently, a detailed history of how the team had come together, designed and built their Quadcopter.

Baroness Sugg CBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Air Commodore Richard Barrow CBE, Dr Perter Gray Senior Research Fellow in Air Power at Birmingham University, Tanya Foster-Fitzgerald CIO Raytheon and Dr Alex Rose-Parfitt Engineering Director of Raytheon, judged the presentations and gave a thumbs up to Team Kingdown.

Over 600 school pupils from England, Scotland and Wales took part in the fourth annual Quadcopter Challenge – learning to build and fly unique aerial vehicles.

Congratulations to Team Kingdown and year 9 students: Becky Humphreys, Charlie Sellars, Penny Russell, Oliver Strutton and Libby Cumming.

Mr Leater and Mr Bray