The challenge involved a series of tasks run by representatives from STEM companies. These included BAE Systems, Fluor, Gulfstream, PWC, and the Pirbright Institute.
Tasks included creating bridges, towers and aircrafts out of everyday materials, virtual reality mathematics quizzes, a bottle aircraft travel-distance challenge, creating an electronic circuit using different materials, virus checking and more.
Competing student, Harry, commented: “There were 12 challenges to complete, plus a final challenge. Each one was run by different companies and organisations, with different aims and objectives.
We were given the opportunity to openly talk to the people running each challenge about what they do, and even just some random trivial facts about themselves. This was the best part of the day as all the representatives were very open and more than willing to talk to us about their respective industries.”
Programme Manager for Engineering, Scott Hutton, commented: “We all had a great day at the STEM Student Challenge at Farnborough International. It was amazing to be part of it and such a brilliant experience. It was also a fantastic opportunity for the students to be able to talk to companies regarding their future careers.”