The UK's Leeds Grammar School has won the 2004 Schools Aerospace Challenge, organised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and partly sponsored by Flight International.

The scheme is designed to encourage 16-18-year-olds to pursue further training and a career in aerospace.

Out of around 40 entries, 18 teams were selected to attend a week-long summer camp at Cranfield College of Aeronautics, which provided a mixture of practical and theoretical work. The theme for this year's competition, stipulated by the RAF, was unmanned combat air vehicles.

"Our aim is to get hold of A-level students and try to encourage them to go to university and study an engineering degree," says John Farley, one of the organisers. "The quality of the kids is getting higher and higher - we had to disappoint four or five brilliant teams."

Source: Flight International