The challenge saw students tasked with designing, building, and flying a four-bladed, remotely piloted air system- known as a quadcopter.

Following a close fought contest team Willow was crowned winner and will be the first ever team from Crawley to compete in the grand final at a central RAF location.

The competition started seven years ago and this year’s students had to consider sustainability as they designed and built their quadcopter: from the materials they incorporated to the planet-saving purpose of their quadcopter.

Crawley secondary school ‘taking flight’ as it closes in on victory in national STEM competition

Hosted by local Raytheon Technologies STEM Ambassadors at Ifield Community College yesterday, students delivered a short presentation to show how they developed their designs, what modifications they made and how they worked as a team. They then flew their quadcopters through a timed obstacle course, making real-time spot repairs.

Mentoring students throughout the…