This second of our digital heats took place this Saturday, with students taking part from Cardiff, Edinburgh, and everywhere in between! Our usual format would see our wonderful UKSDC volunteers getting themselves to universities around the country, and local school teams attending their nearest venue. The Regional heats restrict the reach of each event, bringing all the regions together for the finals at Imperial College London; now we are able to mix teams together at an earlier stage, hopefully forging new friendships across the UK.
We do, of course, miss out on the experience of being at a leading university for the day, and also the expertise and camaraderie of the academics that give up their time on a Saturday to join us. (Not to mention the many hours they spend, prior to the event, organising rooms, IT and security for us. I am assuming that they are not missing this!) Hopefully we will be back next year.
Luckily, like many businesses worldwide, the Space Design Competition can adapt to a digital format. Although, obviously, live collaboration cannot be replicated, the bare bones of the competition lend themselves to an online format. We miss the buzz of going in to a room full of busy students, and the tension and excitement of presentation time. However, we are getting used to online chat and presentations, and take our hats off to the students whose masterly skills continue to trounce ours!
This week saw Kepler Automation as the winning company. This means that St George’s School for Girls’, Eltham College and the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe, will join the Liverpool Blue Coat School and Kings Monkton School, our winners from last week.
Thanks go to all the students, teachers, parents and supervisors for joining us on Saturday, and an especial thank you from me to all the UKSDC alumni who turned up all from over the world, (well, one of them was on a Greyhound bus in the US!), to take complete charge of the day. You are all totally amazing.