Well done to pupils at Ysgol Clywedog who competed in the final of the Raytheon Quadcopter Challenge.

After a full day of competition they came first in Wales and fifth overall in the UK – a fantastic achievement for our local young people.


The Quadcopter Challenge is Raytheon UK’s flagship science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity aimed at promoting the benefits of STEM education in schools across the UK.

Through mentorship by Raytheon UK’s STEM ambassadors, school teams get hands-on experience of design, project management, presentations, engineering techniques and aerodynamics. They also gain an insight into the real-world applications of STEM. This is just one way Raytheon UK aims to address the growing need to fill a pipeline of engineering talent for the future of the UK economy.

The 2019 theme Technology Around the World was chosen to highlight the importance of global collaboration for building technology and sharing ideas. Supported by Raytheon’s STEM ambassadors, students have been working together for weeks to build four-blade, multi-rotor, remotely piloted air systems capable of navigating challenging obstacle courses.

“Exceptional job”

Damian Mcdonnell, STEM Coordinator and science teacher at Ysgol Clywedog who has supported the pupils throughout the competition said: “The pupils did an exceptional job and have worked extremely hard and produced a fantastic result. It’s been a pleasure to work with them and to see their confidence and enthusiasm build as the competition progressed. Well done everyone.”

“Huge Achievement”

The Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr Rob Walsh, said: “Everyone should be very proud of themselves. To take part in the final of such a prestigious competition is a huge achievement and the results show just how much emerging engineering talent there is in Wrexham. I will be meeting all those involved in December and can’t wait to hear about the competition and the young people’s aspirations for their future careers.”

Photo shows l-r Josh Gallagher, STEM Ambassador, Raytheon, Damian McDonnell, Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator, Leo Sowter, Co-pilot/Communications, Jamie Sides, Pilot/Project Lead, Tyler Rush, Engineering and Design, Leo Wright, Engineering and Design, and Alan Jones, STEM Ambassador, Raytheon

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