Sixth form students work with Stevenage space company to create miniature rover

The John Henry Newman School team at an Airbus facility.

The John Henry Newman School team at an Airbus facility. - Credit: Archant

A group of young people from a Stevenage school have been recognised as engineering stars of the future after creating a space rover.

Five Year 12 students at The John Henry Newman School took part in education charity EDT’s scheme which allows young people to work on a real-life six-month commercial project with a company.

The team – Joseph Coulson, Tom Walker, Finn McKeown, George Packham and Emily Hopkinson – worked with Airbus Defence & Space in Stevenage on a project to design and build a miniature rover.

The team presented their work to an expert panel and demonstrated that the rover was able to move on a simulated martian surface after solving engineering problems.

Airbus mentor David Ledger said: “I was constantly impressed with the high levels of commitment from the team who came up with a practical solution that impressed many of us.”

The school team said: “Every one of us has picked up multiple skills from this project and we now have experience of what it could be like to go into the engineering industry.”

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