For Year 9 Pupils with an Interest in Engineering

Year 9 pupils with an interest in Engineering are invited to participate in an exciting engineering challenge - The Merlin Helicopter Rescue Mission- courtesy of Lockheed Martin UK.  We would encourage mixed group entrants. 

This task would be an ideal opportunity for pupils with an interest to find out more about Engineering and pit their engineering skills against teams in the Portsmouth and travel to work area.

The Task

The task for your team (max 5 students per team, 1 team per school) is to design, build and test a system to rescue a model Merlin helicopter that has made a forced landing, in desert conditions, whilst on a search and rescue mission.  All materials, support and instruction will be given on the day with the teams being supported by engineers from Lockheed Martin.

Download the Information Sheet

Merlin Challenge Information Sheet


If you wish to make a booking please contact EBP South at [email protected] to check availability and then complete the form below (displaying our terms and conditions) and return ASAP.

Click here to download the booking form.


Enquiries should be directed to Jacquie Jones 023 9228 3443 or email [email protected]

Terms and Conditions

At this event it will be the school/college’s responsibility to:

  • Provide appropriate staffing levels to supervise students and take responsibility for all duty of care aspects and management of student behaviour
  • Brief students and school staff prior to the event
  • Provide names of participating students before the event and advise of any specific dietary requirements, medical conditions or disabilities.
  • Ensure that, where necessary parental permissions have been sought (e.g. for off-site activities/ photographs/food)
  • Organize and fund any necessary transport to and from the event
  • Complete and return evaluations essential for impact measurement
  • Photographs/Filming may be taken at this event for use in promotional and marketing materials. Please ensure parental consent is obtained, or advise of the day regarding students who cannot be photographed.