ACS International School Egham wins ‘rollercoaster’ challenge

Pupils from ACS International School Egham will go on to compete in the global finals of the Destination Imagination competition

ACS International School Egham STEM competition

A group of students from ACS International School Egham have been crowned champions of the Engineering Challenge at a national STEAM competition.

The 11 and 12-year-old students have won the UK final of Destination Imagination and have been invited to the Global Finals in May.

As part of the challenge, the winning students built the longest roller coaster (over six metres) with limited materials. The aim of the challenge was to get a golf ball to roll down as fast and in as controlled a way as possible. ACS Egham’s team had the fastest overall speed, with the golf ball taking just seven seconds from start to finish.

Destination Imagination UK is a global community united by the belief that when students have the freedom to grow and collaborate, their confidence explodes, and the world opens up to them in new ways.

The project aims to inspire young people to become creative and collaborative leaders. The organisation provides STEAM programmes and challenges for students across a range of different ages.

John Mendehall, science teacher at ACS Egham, said: “Our students had a wonderful time at the Destination Imagination UK competition, and I am so proud of our students for winning the Engineering Challenge.

“The skills they have gained, such as creative and critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving, are invaluable. At ACS Egham, we give our students these opportunities so they stand ready for a future full of opportunity and we hope to see even more students from ACS participate next year.”

Other schools in the ACS International School group also triumphed at the competition, with ACS International School Hillingdon taking home top spot in an instant challenge, which tests students with quick, creative and critical-thinking exercises that can only be completed within one day.