On 10 March, 60 children from two Essex Schools – De Vere Primary in Halstead and Thomas Willingale in Loughton – will experience the fascinating world of flying, aerospace and engineering at a day-long Cool Aeronautics event at London Stansted Airport organised by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Pupils will participate in fun, interactive workshops, and listen to themed talks delivered by aerospace and aviation professionals, including a pilot and an airport engineer.
All children go home from the event with a special goody bag containing aviation inspired contents which they can then share with their parents, siblings and friends.
First launched in 2007, Cool Aeronautics is the Royal Aeronautical Society’s primary school outreach programme that aims to showcase aerospace and aviation to 7 and 11 year-old children and their teachers and parents to encourage from an early age an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, as well as the amazing opportunities that the sector can offer.
Cool Aeronautics sessions are free to attend and offer a fantastic opportunity for young people to meet inspirational people from across the industry and to engage with activities that are relevant to the current Key Stage 2 National Curriculum.
The events represent a crucial part of the Society’s efforts to provide a ‘through-life’ approach to its outreach and careers activities. In particular, Cool Aeronautics embodies the Society’s aim to promote aerospace and aviation to a new generation.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s formation and Cool Aeronautics is an integral part of the celebrations. One of the anniversary goals is ‘to inspire young people about past and future aerospace achievement’ and the Society has set an ambitious target of reaching 150 schools with Cool Aeronautics in 2016 – particularly schools in more disadvantaged areas that may not regularly take part in STEM activities.
Commenting ahead of the London Stansted Airport event, Thomas Blowers, Careers and Outreach Officer at the Royal Aeronautical Society, said:
“A love of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) often begins at primary-school age but schools do not always have the resources to get their pupils excited about the possibilities of these subjects. Through Cool Aeronautics we aim to open up to children the wonderful world of STEM, as well as the incredible opportunities available in aviation and aerospace, in an interactive, entertaining and, most importantly, fun way.”
Joanne Davies, Stansted Airport’s Education Coordinator, said:
“We are delighted to welcome the Royal Aeronautical Society and their Cool Aeronauticsevent to our new and exciting Aerozone. As a growing airport, Stansted will have an increasing need for engineers in the future and events like Cool Aeronautics play an important role in inspiring young people at an early stage to study STEM subjects and take an interest in aviation. We’re looking forward to working together on further projects to ensure as many schools and students as possible benefit from our initiatives.”