Final week for Cambridgeshire schools to enter Amazon’s ‘Design a Drone’ competition

18/10/2016

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Primary school pupils across Cambridgeshire have just this week left to complete their entries to Amazon’s ‘Design a Drone’ competition, with 900 having already signed up.

 

The Mayor of Cambridge and local dignitaries will judge top entries before winners are announced

Amazon has invited children across the county to play their part in the future of science and technology as part of its Amazon in the Community investment programme.

The competition encourages students in Years Two to Five to draw or build their own interpretation of a model delivery drone using materials found in their everyday lives. The ‘Design a Drone’ competition has been developed in-line with requirements of the National Science Curriculum.

The Mayor of Cambridge, Jeremy Bensted, will headline a prestigious panel of judges who will announce the winners on 9th November. Other judges include Lewis Herbert, Leader of the Cambridge City Council, Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council and Jonathan Nicholson, Assistant Director of Corporate Communications, UK Civil Aviation Authority.

Winners in two categories, ‘Build’ or ‘Draw,’ will have the opportunity to tour Amazon Prime Air’s Development Centre in Cambridge where their designs will be exhibited for a month. Winners and runners–up will also compete for up to £3,500 in cash prizes for their school, Amazon Fire tablets, and baskets of teaching resources for their class.

The competition closes this coming Friday 21st October and schools can enter classrooms via http://designadrone.uk. Teachers can register their interest by emailing questions@designadrone.uk and download competition materials at http://designadrone.uk/.

The competition forms part of the Amazon in the Community investment programme supporting the communities in and around where it operates in the UK. The programme focuses on helping children succeed in today’s digital society, including creating a positive learning environment, helping young people into work and developing essential skills in literacy and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Amazon has a Development Centre in Cambridge working on a range of projects including Prime Air, the company’s future delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using drones.

Lauren Kisser, Operations Director at Amazon Prime Air, commented: “It’s exciting to see such a high level of interest in the competition so far and we can’t wait to see the creative entries from all the schools that have signed up.  We have developed this competition to encourage students and teachers to think about science in a different way – and it’s great to already see so many wanting to take part. ”

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