DRONE 500 Challenge

Oathall students and staff have attended the launch of this year’s Mid Sussex STEM Challenge. The event took place at Mid Sussex District Council offices and was officially launched by the High Sheriff of West Sussex Caroline Nicholls. The Drone 500 challenge has been developed to encourage an interest in STEM subjects amongst young people and to help them understand how these subjects will be applied in industry in the future.

In the first year, the challenge was won by Year 9 students from Oathall. In this, the second year of the competition, more schools from across Sussex have entered for the chance to win. Over the next six months, each school is being tasked to build a drone for £500. The drone will be required to meet a number of very specific requirements which will be tested at the final next March. As well as this each team will be required to produce a business case which they will pitch to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel. Each team will be supported and mentored along the way by members of the local business community.

Head of Art and Design Technology, Pete Robinson said,

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain an insight into the world of engineering and design. Not only does it encourage an interest in STEM but it develops team building and a work ethic at an early age. We will, of course be working hard to retain our title!”




Students get a taste of work at Nestle

On 5 June, eight handpicked students spent the day at the Nestle offices at Gatwick. The visit was a follow-up to a Design Technology workshop held earlier in the year. On that occasion, Nestle staff visited students in Product Design classes. They worked alongside our students to talk about the design and manufacture process.

Following that workshop, Nestle selected eight of our students to visit their offices at Gatwick. They made their selection based on students’ problem-solving skills and leadership potential.

NestleThis visit was a competition to win a summer paid work-experience job with Nestle. Students worked with other young people from secondary schools and FE colleges completing activities and challenges and practising interview skills.

Accompanied by DT teacher Mr. Maier, the group found out more about Nestle, their product range and the career opportunities in their industry.

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Rocket Challenge 2012

In June a team of six year 9 students visited the NPL in Teddington to compete in the 2012 water rocket challenge . This was our first year and out of 35 schools we came a respectable 9th and claimed the prize for the best uniform.