Students will compete in a one-day design and build project launched by Lockheed Martin UK at the at the 41st annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).
Cadets and students aged 13 and 14 from the Gloucestershire area will work in teams to design and create a fully manoeuvrable, tracked land vehicle.
The vehicle will be designed around technology LMUK develops for the British Army’s Warrior armoured fighting vehicle as part of the Warrior engineering challenge.
Teams will choose materials to fit within a given budget under the guidance of a team leader and compete for the “Champion’s Shield” in the public arena of RIAT where they will need to perform a speed challenge over sand, and endeavour to transport goods from the start to the end of the circuit.
Stephen Ball, chief executive of LMUK, said “We take great pride in sharing our skills and knowledge in a fun, interactive manner with young students.
“In this way, they experience first-hand the exhilarating steps engineers and scientists follow to create products and invent technology for our industry.”
LMUK will also be showcasing its F-35 3D Kinect game at the air show. Budding engineers will be able to try their hand at flying the aircraft through various terrains, controlling its motion through a series of body movements.
RIAT is the world’s largest military air show and takes place at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, from the 7-8 July 2012.