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Royal Aeronautical Society


Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge

STEM subjects take to the air!

The Royal Aeronautical Society programme, in partnership with Boeing UK and the Light Aircraft Association, aims to provide young people in UK secondary schools with the opportunity to build a real light aircraft from kit and give them hands-on experience of the aircraft build process, understanding along the way the scientific and engineering principles behind flight, as well as developing commercial skills such as project management, problem-solving, team work and communication, with the ultimate aim of taking a flight in the aircraft once it is complete.

Project aims:

  • Motivate young people in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through a real-life experience
  • Encourage young people’s awareness of the aerospace and aviation sectors, demonstrating their economic importance, and the wide array of related career paths that the sector offers
  • Enhance RAeS’ and Boeing’s links with the local community
  • Inspire teachers and promote interest in STEM subjects across the teaching community

Schools work as consortia with others in the local area to build the aircraft to enable as wide participation as possible and also pplay a key role in disseminating the project to other young people in their areas including underrepresented groups and those in disadvantaged areas.

There are six schools leading projects around the UK:

  • Yateley School, Hampshire
  • Marling School, Stroud
  • Ercall Wood Technology College, Shropshire
  • Bridge Learning Campus, Avon
  • Ernesford Grange Community School, Coventry
  • NEW Academy, Wolverhampton


See the introductory video and the inspirational stories from teachers and pupils alike.

2013 will be the most exciting year yet for the programme as the first two aircraft start flying,representing a first for UK schools!



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