Overview and opportunities
First launched in 2007, Cool Aeronautics is the Royal Aeronautical Society’s primary school outreach programme that aims to introduce children to the fascinating world and people of flying, aerospace engineering, and space
These 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’.
Based around a day of aerospace themed talks and interactive workshops with Key Stage 2 primary school pupils, Cool Aeronautics events are held at places such as airports, museums, companies and universities with strong links to aerospace and aviation. For example, recent venues have included the Trenchard Museum, RAF Halton, RAeS HQ, Gatwick Aviation Museum, Aerozone Stansted, Yeovilton Air Museum and Sheffield Hallam University.
Cool Aeronautics events are free to attend and offer a fantastic opportunity for young people – the ‘new generation’ – to meet inspirational people from across the industry and to engage with aerospace themed activities that are relevant to the current KS2 National Curriculum.
The day includes talks from industry professionals, fun, interactive workshops, tours of the facilities and a variety of added activities, such as drama performances and more besides!
All children receive a free educational goody bag at the end of the event including their 'Cool Aeronautics wings' to show they have begun their aviation journey.
Support towards travel costs, such as coaches, is also available to schools who may struggle to meet travel costs, subject to availability.
Please get in touch if you are interested in hosting an event or bringing a school group along.