Report by Charlie Clark – Year 10
The Culdrose Engineering challenge is offered to year 10 students from all over Cornwall to give them the opportunity to gain experience of a real life helicopter rescue problem, whilst also providing a chance to see around the base on an ordinary working day.
When we arrived at Culdrose we were given a talk on the history of the Merlin Mk 7 and briefed on the challenge before us. We had to design a contraption that could lift a model Merlin helicopter from the desert and onto a trailer without causing additional damage to the aircraft. The scenario was that it had crashed in the desert and enemy forces were only 30 miles away. We had to build a small scale, working, prototype model within the limited timescale before being judged on the efficiency, quality and recovery speed of our design.
Throughout the day we worked really well as a team, and the only problem we had was in deciding on the location of the support pillars. At the end of the day we were pleased to score 76/100, which put us in second place in our group.
I think most of our team were really impressed by the staff, organisation and technology at RNAS Culdrose and I am definitely considering a career in engineering with the armed services.