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YOUNGSTERS have been set a science challenge – to build a propelled glider.

Aerospace firm Lockheed Martin has launched an education programme in Portsmouth, unveiling its 2014 Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) challenge for pupils at Springfield School.

The aim is to get students to put their Stem skills to the test in an event co-organised by the company and educational charity The Smallpeice Trust.

Team members from Lockheed Martin’s sites in Havant and Whiteley were involved.

Fifty pupils aged 13 and 14 were split into groups of five and were asked to design and build a propelled glider.

Will Martin, multi-functional engineering and science associate manager at LMUK, said: ‘Lockheed Martin UK is fully committed to developing programmes around the country which seek to educate and inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians.

‘By extending our Stem outreach programmes to areas such as Portsmouth, we can play a part in addressing the skills gap facing the British technology industry.’

Tolu Olajide, education officer at The Smallpeice Trust, said: ‘We hope these students will now be inspired to consider engineering when looking to choose future study options.’