This week (w/c 22nd October) marked 15 years since the last ever commercial Concorde flight, so it was fitting that St Mary’s Science Department chose Donaldson Week to take the LIV and MIV to Aerospace Bristol, where they got to get up close and personal with Alpha Foxtrot, the last Concorde ever built and the last ever to fly!

The girls also enjoyed two workshops: first, exploring the different materials used to make aircraft through history, and making their own composite by layering different materials and testing its strength, then an engineering challenge to design a rescue aircraft of set dimensions and on a budget. Competition was fierce!

The interactive exhibits gave the girls a chance to travel through the decades, from the beginnings of the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company in 1910, all the way through to the modern day, including aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites, engines and more. It was a fascinating insight into the human story behind aerospace travel and the remarkable men and women who dreamed a seemingly impossible dream of supersonic travel.

Mrs Caryn Harward, Head of Chemistry