Since last September, our flight simulator project has gone from strength to strength and recently the team have achieved entry into the national finals of the Big Bang competition.
The Flight Simulator Project started out as part of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s ‘Falcon Initiative’, where teams of students were challenged to design and build a flight simulator. Here, our team flourished and achieved second place following a participation selection, in which just ten schools were chosen from across the UK. Following this, the students involved went on to win the Kent messenger ‘Bright Sparks’ competition in the summer term of 2016 and have continued to set their sights on further competitions, through the development of their simulator.
The Big Bang competition is their most recent venture, and following an application, the team have been selected for the national finals*. This competition aims to recognise and reward students’ achievements in the field of STEM and encourages project-based work, building worthwhile skills and confidence in student’s areas of interest. Reaching the national final is a significant achievement, with thousands of students entering every year, and just a few selected to showcase their project at the Big Bang Fair.
A selected 4 students will be attending the event in March 2017; however, the expanding team has consisted of over one hundred participating students. These students are currently split into small teams, ranging from design and production to software and media, and come together to form the Flight Simulator Project operating at TGS. This system has proven to be effective, as shown by the results, and is an ongoing project that the team hopes to see continue with future students.
“Only the best projects from across the UK are invited to showcase their projects to thousands of people at the national finals, which is being held at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham at the NEC this year.” says 6th former Maddie.
“Despite these achievements, the team ultimately believe in encouraging more students to get involved in STEM subjects, particularly underrepresented groups. This includes increasing female student involvement in the project and promoting access for those less-abled. For example, those working on engineering the flight simulator are working to incorporate features that make it accessible for those with both mental and physical impairments. “
The TGS Flight Simulator Project continues to be an outstanding project, with dedicated students working towards an important cause. It is an impressive team, which is great to be a part of, and is always looking for anyone with a genuine interest in the project.
*More about the Big Bang Project: https://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/the-big-bang-competition/about-the-competition