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Mary Webb STEM Challenge Day Triumph!

The Longden Team - Joe C, Findlay E, Harry P, Jacob & James W - visited Mary Webb on Tuesday 12th for a STEM day celebrating British Science Week.
After an exhilarating presentation from “Ant” (a member of the Bloodhound SSC  World Land Speed Record team) the kids were challenged to design a desert camp for 300+ team staff, providing everything they’d need to work, rest and play in the desert for 90 days! Both teams threw themselves into this exciting task and introduced incredible details such as renewable energy farms, recycling centres, sports & social facilities and even a yoga studio!

Next, the teams were challenged to design and build an air-powered car using Knex, making it lightweight, aerodynamic and – most importantly – fast! Weight, distance and speed were measured in a number of exhilarating test runs. Results were analysed and careful adjustments made to the engineering. A final, nail-biting race-off saw Longden just pipped to first place, with an amazing 10.67m – just 3cm shorter than the winners at 10.7m!

The day came to an end with careful consideration of everyone’s work from a panel of judges. Three awards were made – one for car design, one for the desert camp and one for teamwork.

We were delighted to hear Longden announced as winners of the desert camp challenge! The team were blown away to hear that their prize is to have their team name emblazoned on the tail-fin of the Bloodhound car itself! Our proud group chose to be immortalised as “Team Longden”.

It was a fabulous day, and the children’s great behaviour, focus and enthusiasm represented the school brilliantly.  More information can be found at

Well done Team Longden! [Thank you to Chantal Worsdell for giving up her day to take the teams and for this great report and photos.]