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Starts: 18/Jan/2021 @ 00:00 to 25/Feb/2021 @ 00:00
Organiser: Rytheon Technologies
Price: Free


Raytheon Technologies 
Virtual Quadcopter Challenge 2021             

Raytheon Technologies’ flagship “Quadcopter Challenge” is back – but with a difference!

(application form to be completed by 26th Feb 21)

With an uncertain future for face-to-face STEM activities over the next 6-12 months and following the success of our online STEM activities in 2020, we’re bringing you the Virtual Quadcopter Challenge!  Even more exciting, we will be delivering the virtual QC Challenge in partnership with our sister companies Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney.
The Quadcopter Challenge is your schools’ chance to participate in a STEM-based engineering challenge to design and potentially build part of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
Teams will be given the opportunity to review the current Quadcopter model and analyse the key issues with the current design. Teams are responsible for thinking of creative design ideas to improve the Quadcopter design and collating their ideas into a presentation for an esteemed panel of judges. Each team will be guided through the challenge by one of our award-winning STEM Ambassadors.

The challenge is targeted at Year 9 students as of September 2020 (aged13-14) or year S2 in Scotland. We recommend that a Quadcopter club is run on a weekly or fortnightly basis for ideally 2 hours. Phase 1 of the challenge will begin at the beginning of March 2021 and run until May 2021. Teams who successfully get to Phase 2 will be given 6 weeks to develop and build their ideas and will present their final ideas to judges at the end of June 2021.
All participating schools will take part in a virtual full-day Regional qualifying event, to be held in May 2021, where teams will present their ideas to Raytheon Technologies Site Leads and special guest Judges. The top team from each of our twelve sites will qualify for the UK National Final. 
The full-day UK National Final will be held virtually and will provide an exciting day of competition for all attending participants. A letter will be sent out in due course with details of finalised dates but is planned to be around June 2021.

School Selection Process
Based on the history of our programme we are anticipating a high level of demand for taking part in the competition. Unfortunately, we are constrained by the number of STEM Ambassadors we have to support the challenge, therefore, a selection process will be applied in regions where demand outweighs our capacity. Selection will be based on responses to the attached application form. The recommended team size is 3-4 students per team. Please ensure there is a teacher with a technical background available to support the challenge.

Please note, in order for students to benefit fully from the Quadcopter Challenge, it is imperative that they have access to support from teachers and peers. If your school is unable to provide a good level of support, we advise you not to enter the challenge to avoid disappointment from your students.

If you have any queries related to this challenge, please contact:
Sophie Wilson - STEM Lead                           Lee Pugh - STEM Site Lead – Catterick
Sophie.Wilson@raytheon.co.uk                      lee.pugh@raytheon.co.uk
Mobile: 07880 076 705                                    Mobile: 07917 511727

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