ISSDC17: UK and EU teams have an amazing first…

Yes, here we are in Orlando for the International Final of 2017! The UKSDC has brought THREE teams of brilliant students this year – here was their first day out, in their own words:

Landscape of Universal Studios Island of Adventure with rollercoaster and gravity rides
Universal Studios Island of Adventure

Brian Kong, leader of EU team

Somebody once told me that Universal was one of the best theme parks you could go to and the “Science Space Club” tested this today. Everyone was up nice and early since it wasn’t a school morning and was ecstatic to go.  After a short drive we arrived at Universal Orlando and once we finally sorted out tickets dated for August we dived straight into the Islands of Adventure. Team EU decided to loop once round the park starting with a 90 minute wait for a 30 second ride… The Hulk. That was a good turnover rate!  The weather was hot and it would only get hotter so the water rides solved this for us. Harry Potter world was the team’s favourite; with so much to do, so much to see with all the shops in the backstreets. Our favourite ride was the Dragon Challenge which we went on 6 times! The Harry Potter themes really made us feel like the all-star cast of the wizarding world. You’ll never know if you don’t go.

Alex Radford, leader of UK finalist team

Members of UK Team 1, winners of the UK National Finals
Members of UK Team 1, winners of the UK National Finals

What do Spiderman, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park Dinosaurs have to do with space settlements? Not much admittedly, but spending the day at Universal Studios’s Islands of Adventure Theme Park was certainly a good way to adjust to Florida heat and get to know our team mates.

Universal’s theme park was ideal for our group — with rides for both thrill-seekers and chill-seekers, everyone could fine a ride that was too their liking. 45-minute waits were made bearable by good company, conversation, and air-conditioning.

Highlights included cooling down from the heat on log flumes, modelling the Thing 1/2 wigs in the Seuss-land shop, and continuing to wear our fashion-forward flower necklaces. Of course, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was simply magical.

The day was a fantastic start to a trip that is sure to be filled with many more exciting twists and turns as we explore Florida and begin the competition!

Tavleen Wasan, leader of UK invited team

Members of UK Team 2
Members of the UK invited team

So today was our first day in Florida. After overcoming minor issues with the Universal tickets, everyone dispersed to make the most of the day. The theme park exceeded all expectations; there were rides to suit those with all relationships with height and of all mental ages. It was a really fun day – despite 95% humidity and 35 degree heat (made just about tolerable by ingenuous water spraying fans and endless sprite top ups) we all enjoyed ourselves massively. It was a really good way to get to know each other better and also bond in a relaxed way before the heat of the competition.

Two team members, one looking into the camera wearing a baseball cap with a flower necklace around it
Headwear is important to group identity…
Leaders of UK1 and UK2 teams wearing Dr. Seuss' Cat's Hats.
…very important.

Watch this space for more adventures!

EU Team Representatives



The representatives chosen for the EU team are as follows:


Joe Crowther    The Brooksbank School

Eleanor Collin  Darwen Aldridge Community College

Kamil Szyska   Darwen Aldridge Community College

1st Reserve      KirstyRodger            Waid Academy

2nd Reserve    Matthew Anderson   Waid Academy


Andrew Hughes  Eltham College

Parmis Fadavi Hosseini  Bede’s 

Theo Macklin     Dulwich College

1st reserve:  Kozma Prelevic   Bede’s

2nd reserve: Manoj Abhishetty  Eltham College

Spacebus Z

Annabelle York   Nonsuch High School for Girls

Aadil Kara         Queen Elizabeth’s School

Brian Kong        Queen Elizabeth’s School

1st reserve:   Puja Soneji   Hababerdasher’s Aske’s Girls  

2nd Reserve: Owen Richards  Altrincham Grammar School for Boys


Shayne Beeghadur    St Olave’s

Ashvin Arulnathan    Cardiff Sixth Form College

Sherry Deng             Cardiff Sixth Form College

1st Reserve     Farid Aletomeh    St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School

2nd Reserve    Leo Bennet     St Olave’s

We will contact your school to give details of these places, but please feel free to email and ask any questions you may have.


UK Space Design Challenge Event Schedule March 18-19


Time Activity     Saturday 18 March Room
08:15 Arrive at Imperial College London Exhibition Road main entrance. Registration Main
09:00 Welcome to the Space Design Challenge! CG 200
09:20 The Space Quiz Show – Anita Gale CG 200
09:45 What will happen this weekend? Trisha Saxena, Exec Chairs depart CG 200
10:15 How companies work – Anita Gale CG 200
10:25 You’re a professional now! Trisha Saxena CG 200
10:35 Groups move to RSM, Students to company headquarters. Adults to G1.31
10:45 Company assignments (Students): Dougledyne – Fletchtel G.39, Spacebus Z, G.20, Rockdonnell G.38, Grumbo Aerospace, G. 39, Vulture Aviation G.41
11:15 Technical training sessions (Accompanying Adults welcome):

Structural Engineering, G. 38, Operations Engineering, G.39, Human Engineering, G.20, Automation Engineering, G.41, Management, G.32

12:30 Companies occupy headquarters to begin designs As above
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch – Groups will be called to lunch on a rota system. Please remain in your company headquarters until you are called. G.35
18:00 Dinner – Groups will be called to dinner on a rota system. G.35
22:00 Students proceed to overnight accommodation with accompanying adults.


Time Activity           Sunday 19 March Room
08:00 Submit finished Power Point design proposals, on USB RSM
08:45 Assemble for design presentations CG. 200
09:00 First design presentation All teams present, Open audience.
09:45 Second design presentation
10:30 Third design presentation break following
11:25 Fourth design presentation
12:10 Fifth design presentation
12:50 Groups move to Company HQ in RSM for lunch on rota system

Visitors and teachers to



14:00 Groups move from Department of Earth Science & Engineering to lecture theatre CG. 200


Judges’ debriefing and announcement of winning design


CG 200