Enterprising Team of Girls Scoops Trophy For Winning Hovercraft Design

A group of Year 6 girls from Terrington Hall School, York, were crowned winners at the ‘SES Hovercraft Day 2020’ hosted by The Mount School and attended by eight schools.

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14th February 2020 — Led by workshop organiser J&J Events and sponsored by SES Engineering Services, the brief for the day was to design and build a hovercraft that would be capable of carrying the weight of one person.

Left to their own devices and equipped only with some rudimentary instructions, a sheet of insulation board, plastic sheeting and a set of tools, the girls had to decide on their design and work out how best to construct their crafts. Through the course of the day, the hovercrafts gradually took shape as the insulation board was cut to size, baffle boards attached, plastic sheeting securely taped and gathered underneath to make the inflatable skirt, and the final design features and decorations added.

The grand finale of the day was a hovercraft race down the length of The Mount’s sports hall at the end of which Terrington Hall’s hovercraft was voted the winner on the strength its construction, design and speed.

Terrington Hall’s head of science Simon Pickering said: ‘The girls were jubilant to be awarded the SES Hovercraft Day 2020 championship trophy. The task required a high degree of teamwork and collaboration and I was extremely proud of the way in which they worked together applying their maths, science and design skills to the challenge in hand. Most pleasing of all, several of them have come away from the day inspired by the idea of pursuing a career in engineering now that they see the scope for creativity and innovation that it brings."

About Terrington Hall School

Terrington Hall Preparatory, a boarding and day school for pupils aged 3-13, stands within North Yorkshire’s Howardian Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty in sight of the cathedral city of York. Established in 1921 on the site of a Georgian rectory, the school continues to provide an education rooted in Christian traditions, promoting tolerance, integrity, manners and service whilst developing the potential of every child to the best that he or she can be.

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