A PROGRAMME for 120 Gwynedd school children take part in aerospace workshops at an international drone design competition at the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre in Llanbedr.

The competition which will take place in June, is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and supported by the Welsh Government, attracts hundreds of students with university teams coming from as far as Canada, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to fly their aircraft in the event.

Pupils from Ysgol Llanbedr and secondary schools in the area will have an opportunity to talk to the students about their drones, watch the aircraft compete in the fly off and make their own model gliders.

As part of the engagement programme, Gwynedd Council has also sponsored an art and design competition Air Adventures in which the children are asked to submit ideas for aircraft to fight wildfires.

Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd council cabinet member for economic development and community said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring these activities for local school pupils once again at this year’s competition. At last year’s event, young people were able to take part in engineering activities, and speak to engineering teams from universities across the world.”