Leasowes High School

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Leasowes High School

Leasowes High School

Our Multi Award Winning Design & Technology Department @Leasowes

Mr Chatterton

Mr Chatterton
Curriculum Manager of Design & Technology

Design & Technology Team









Full Story : RAF STAAR - Leasowes year 11 Students

Five D&T students from Leasowes High School were selected to participate in last years STAAR (Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency) programme with the RAF.

The RAF have recently released a promotional video which includes our year 11 students:

Students: Zainab, David, Becky, Yanis, Gurjpal

Leasowes Year 11's in the RAF's promotional video

Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency


Two teams from Leasowes High School entered into the Royal Air Force STEM Glider Challenge 2018. The competition was at the RAF Cosford Museum, with 11 teams from the Midlands taking part. The challenge was to design and manufacture a foam board gilder using skills from the STEM subjects.

The students were assessed throughout the day on the following:

5 minute verbal presentation.

Interview with RAF engineers / designers.

Team challenge.

Graphic Design.

Flight of the foam board glider.

Portfolio of work.

The students from the two teams were outstanding throughout the day. The Screaming Eagles were crowned Overall Champions 2018 and the Aspire team won the award for Best Design.

Overall winners: Screaming Eagles
Jessica, Isabel, Keisha, Jared, Junaid, Mikhail

Best Design Award: Team Aspire
Lily, Maddison, Holly

Team quote: Overall winners: Screaming Eagles

Our team have worked very hard for about 8 weeks to develop and manufacture a glider which is unique and glides efficiently. We have developed over 20 models and tested our gliders regularly. We designed a team logo and all of the graphics for the plane, porfolio and powerpoint presentation. The skills we have learnt in D&T really helped us to win the challenge. We have all chosen to study GCSE D&T next year and are looking for to entering into next years STEM competition - F1 in Schools 2019. We would recommend all year 7 students to participate in next years RAF Glider Challenge.

Team quote: Best Design Award: Team Aspire

We really enjoyed our day for the glider challenge 2018 held at RAF Cosford Museum. Throughout the day we carried out our presentation and various activities that we had been working on after school and during lunchtimes. our favourite activities were, the teamwork challenge (where we worked together to build a tower) and the glider flight (which was when we put our glider to the test). During lunch times, we had chance to look around the museum and we learnt lots of facts about the history of the planes there. Our team won the creative design award, which was based on our plane model and the graphic designs for it. The whole team experience has been fun, amazing and a great opportunity for us.

Full Story : F1 in School National Final 2018 @ The Wing, Silverstone.

Design & Technology students from Leasowes High School competed at the F1 in School National Final 2018 @ The Wing, Silverstone. The year 10 team Alcedo Atthis qualified from the central regional final and advanced to Silverstone to compete against the best 13 teams/schools in the UK at development class level (age 11-19). The winners of this years event will represent the UK at the World Finals in Singapore, competing against 40 other countries. The year 9 students (Winners of central region Entry Class) also attended the event as VIP guests. Unfortunately Alcedo Atthis didn't win the event, however they did amazingly well to reach the National Finals at Silverstone.

What is F1 in Schools all about?

Form a team - form a team of 3 to 6, think of a name, decide job roles; Team Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Design Engineer, Graphic Designer and Resource Manager.

Business and Sponsorship - plan and prepare a business plan, develop a budget and raise sponsorship.

Teams are encouraged to collaborate with industry and create business links.

Design - using 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, design an F1 car of the future to the specifications set by the International Rules Committee just like in Formula One.

Analyse - aerodynamics are analysed for drag coefficiency in a virtual wind tunnel using Computational Fluid Dynamics Software (CFD).

Make - using 3D CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) software, the team evaluates the most efficient machining strategy to make the car.

Test - aerodynamics are tested in wind and smoke tunnels.

Pit Booth - put together an informative display showing your work through all stages of the project.

Think about your team identity.

Scrutineering - cars are submitted to Parc Ferme where the judges scrutinize every dimension to check they comply with the Rules and Regulations.

Engineering Judging - judges question teams on how their cars has been manufactured and why particular designs were chosen.

Verbal Presentation - prepare a presentation to perform to a panel of judges covering all aspects of the challenge. This will be completed within a set time limit.

Portfolio Judging - put together two 10-page A3 portfolios, one enterprise portfolio (documenting your business strategy) and one engineering portfolio (documenting the construction of your car).

Race - time to track test what your team has worked so hard together to achieve a winning car.

F1 in Schools

The students are:
Ali, James, Daniel, Jack and Cameron.

The year 9 students are already working on their project for next years regional event.