On Monday 26th June six year 10 students attended the International Space Challenge at RAF Waddington near Lincoln. The students had to design and build a model of a space hotel, backed up with scientific, mathematical and engineering data. They then had to prepare and deliver a marketing presentation in Spanish. The panel of judges included representatives from the RAF, Business Language Champions, People First Education, pH Interim Forensic Engineering and the National Space Academy. 

The day included an introductory talk by the Paul Hughes, the CEO of pH Interim Ltd (also ex-RAF), an introduction to the challenges of low-earth orbit by speakers from the National Space Academy, a taster session in Russian and an opportunity to talk to RAF members about the importance of language learning, careers and opportunities in the RAF and anything else that students wanted to find out about.  

There was just one overall prize and prizes for the other categories too. Although we didn't win the overall prize, we were delighted and excited to win the Best Linguistic Effort for the whole team marketing presentation. Alice was also awarded a special certificate for demonstrating the strongest leadership skills in teamwork. 

Our students explained, "Our task was to design and build the model of a space hotel. We had to make two presentations: an engineering one in English and marketing in Spanish. We faced a lot of challenges e.g. time constraints and the idea of science. We enjoyed exploring the fancy RAF building and the people who worked there were great too". 

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