It’s lift off for pupils

Chapel High, hovercraft competition, the winning team put their craft through its paces.
Chapel High, hovercraft competition, the winning team put their craft through its paces.

PUPILS at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School were blown away by the school’s first Hovercraft Challenge last week.

The event, organised by science teachers Sara Rogers and Lorna Barnfather, involved the youngest students from the school’s Science and Technology for Girls (ST4G) group, an initiative set up to encourage girls’ interest in the subjects.

Chapel High, hovercraft competition, Ferodo Finance Controller David Hodgkiss presents the trophy to Naomi Oldfield, India Parker and Elif Bayirli

Chapel High, hovercraft competition, Ferodo Finance Controller David Hodgkiss presents the trophy to Naomi Oldfield, India Parker and Elif Bayirli

Supported by three mentors from Ferodo, the girls worked in teams, building mini hovercraft and then larger scale models using leaf blowers to provide an air cushion.

The day culminated in a race requiring the girls to factor in balance and weight distribution as they battled to propel themselves along the course without using their hands or their feet.

A trophy, sponsored by Ferodo, was presented to the winning team by Dave Hodgkiss, Acting Plant Manager at the Chapel-en-le-Frith site.

Chapel High, hovercraft competition, Ferodo Finance Controller David Hodgkiss presents the trophy to Naomi Oldfield, India Parker and Elif Bayirli

Chapel High, hovercraft competition, Ferodo Finance Controller David Hodgkiss presents the trophy to Naomi Oldfield, India Parker and Elif Bayirli