Beacon Academy win Mid Sussex STEM Challenge
The Government is encouraging the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects because it believes the knowledge gained will be vitally important to the future of the UK economy.
The Mid Sussex STEM Challenge, which is supported by Mid Sussex District Council, is one of the many ways local authorities are encouraging young people to engage with Science and Technology based subjects.
In March, students from Burgess Hill Academy, Downlands Community College, Oathall Community College, St Paul's Catholic College and The Beacon Academy in Crowborough battled it out to become the Mid Sussex STEM Challenge champions.
Each school was asked to identify a business opportunity for the commercial use of drones, build a working prototype and develop a clear business case for their product.
A 'Dragons Den' style judging panel assessed each team's business model and drone experts prepared a challenging course to test out each team's ability to pilot their drone. With a faultless run around the drone course and an impressive presentation on the use of drones to help the farming industry control livestock, The Beacon Academy students were crowned Mid Sussex STEM Challenge champions 2019.