YOUNGSTERS prepared for take-off with a little help from the The Army and Royal Air Force.
More than 50 pupils took part in the Midlands final of ‘Fly to the Line’ glider challenge at the Ministry of Defence’s munitions depot in Kineton.
It saw eight and nine-year-olds compete in teams of four to build and then fly gliders the furthest distance. They were helped by members of the two forces.
The challenge aims to inspire youngsters to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The winning team, from Nuneaton, saw their glider fly an impressive 12 metres. Second place went to a group from The Dassett Primary School in Fenny Compton.
The winners will now go to the national finals at the RAF Museum in Cosford.
Kineton Station Commander Major John Rendall said: “It was fantastic to see the pupils taking on the task of designing their gliders with so much energy and enthusiasm.
“I hope that some of these young people will be inspired to consider a career in engineering.
“Inside or outside the Army, engineering offers the opportunity to shape the future of the world in which we live.
“STEM skills are vital to the Army. Our engineers can meet every challenge and are deployed across the globe in exciting and challenging environments. They are the critical component in delivering combat capability which protects the nation.”