UAS Challenge student drone competition final in North Wales

Published:  08 June, 2018

Students from 20 universities in the UK and abroad will compete in the drone “fly-off” final at the UAS Challenge, which is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

This year, the young engineers have been challenged to design, build and operate a drone for a humanitarian aid mission. Alongside participants from the UK – including returning champions Bath University – the competition will also feature entrants from Pakistan, Turkey and Sri Lanka.

The UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Challenge is being held at the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre, near Llanbedr, on 18-19 June 2018.

The event showcases innovative engineering research and skills being developed at top universities in the UK and abroad.

“Taking part in the UAS challenge provides students with an excellent opportunity to bridge the gap between education and industry,” said Peter Finegold, head of Education at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

“Students are involved in an engineering project which brings theoretical knowledge to life and encourages authentic work experiences such as working in teams, to deadlines and solving real problems as they arise.”

For the first time, the UAS Challenge also launched an art and short competition for local schoolchildren aged 9-14, winners of both will be invited to the Challenge final fly-off.

The art and short story competitions celebrate that 2018 is the “Year of Engineering”, a government-sponsored campaign to encourage more young people to choose engineering as a career.

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