Technology challenge at aerospace firm

Bedfordshire schoolchildren take part in a technology challenge at  Lockheed Martin UK
Bedfordshire schoolchildren take part in a technology challenge at Lockheed Martin UK

Pupils from three local schools learned about the benefits of 3D printing thanks to graduates and engineers from global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin UK.

About 30 students from Bedford’s Kimberley College and Bedford Academy and Samuel Whitbread Academy in Shefford were invited into the firm’s Ampthill facilities for the final day of a technology challenge which involved pupils having to design, build and then race their own vehicle to boost their science, technology, maths and engineering skills.

Armed with spools of plastic filament and the components for an electric drivetrain, the students used 3D printers, donated by LMUK to digitally print out planes based on the Lockheed Martin F­35 Lightning II fighter jet.