Students soar to success in space competition

UK CanSat 2017 winners

GWC CanSat, from George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, were announced overall winners of the 2017 CanSat competition and will go on to compete at the European CanSat Competition in Germany.

ESERO-UK, the UK space education office announced the winner of the UK round of the international CanSat competition at the National STEM Learning Centre in York.

Highly-commended in second place, was AWS CanSat from Allestree Woodlands School in Derby and in third place was Falcan 9 from Craigmount High School in Glasgow.

Alex Brown, ESERO UK Manager, said:

“As ever, we had an incredible set of teams apply to the UK CanSat competition this year. We are delighted to congratulate GWC CanSat, and wish them the best of luck as they go on to represent the UK at the European CanSat Competition, taking place in Germany.”

GWC CanSat, the winning team, said:

“Competing in the 2017 CanSat competition has been an amazing experience for us, and we are pleased to have won the UK competition.

We have had the opportunity to learn how to organise a year-long project, distribute work and form deadlines, help to spread STEM outreach within our community, and most of all to do real-world hands-on practical work. The team is incredibly thankful to ESERO-UK and to the group organising the competition for making it possible for us to compete, and we are honoured to have the opportunity to represent the UK in the European CanSat competition.”

A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, created in miniature and contained in a soft drinks can. The CanSat is then launched hundreds of metres into the air and its mission begins: to carry out a scientific experiment and achieve a safe landing. The CanSat competition offers a unique opportunity for students to have a first practical experience of a real space project.

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