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.
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.