150 students have been plunged into the world of aerospace as they took part in a regional competition final.

Since November, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) ambassadors from Leonardo, an international aerospace firm, have been mentoring students to design, build, and test their own gliders using wood and recycled materials.

The project came to fruition at the Yeovil Flying Start Challenge Regional Final, hosted at the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton, which is one of the Navy's principal air bases in the UK.


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At the final, the winning team, named 'The Magic School Bus', from Buckler's Mead Academy, impressed by achieving the furthest glider flight of 19 metres.

Isobel Owens, STEM ambassador at Leonardo, said: "It’s fantastic to see all the students’ hard work culminating in a thrilling day with plenty of fun challenges.

"We’re grateful to the Royal Navy for all of their support for this event.

"Hopefully we’ve inspired some future engineers."

Throughout the day, students participated in various activities to broaden their understanding of aerospace engineering.

They also had the opportunity to view and learn about advanced aircrafts at the naval base.

The grand final will take place on Friday, May 17 at Aerospace Bristol.