Cool Aeronautics Visits the East Midlands Aerozone!

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After two long years, the Royal Aeronautical Society were thrilled to be able to bring back our flagship Primary Schools Outreach programme, ‘Cool Aeronautics’ to the next generation. Our first event was held at Stansted Aerozone and we welcomed 30 students from St Michaels JMI School in Bishops Stortford.

Our second event took us to Sheffield Hallam University, where on Wednesday 30th March we welcomed 35 students from Totley All Saints School to a fun filled day of Aerospace inspiration and STEM related activities. This event was primarily organised and run by the Aerospace Engineering faculty at the University and students were first treated to a talk by a Lecturer who is also a Private Pilot. We thank the Students and Faculty from Sheffield and Alex Smith for her on going support form the Stansted Aerozone. Cool Aeronautics wouldn’t be anything with out people like you and the volunteers who come to speak with the children.

Our most recent event was at the ‘Aerozone’ at East Midlands Airport which was kindly hosted by Community Engagement Manager Joanna Wood. We welcomed 35 pupils from Spire Junior School (based in Chesterfield) for a fun and inspiring day at East Midlands. The students were taken on a walking tour of the passenger terminal where they got to see the Customer Service Agents in action, checking in passengers and providing assistance. They got to interact with staff from airline Jet2 who spoke to the children about their role and also demonstrated the check-in process for passengers. After the walking tour the Fire Dept at East Midlands were raring to go with their engines on full show! Students got to have a look around the fire engines with sirens sounding loudly and hoses out for a spraying demonstration! Students particularly enjoyed seeing their teachers having a go at blasting water, however they were not allowed to spray it at the kids! The Aerozone also welcomed a Pilot Apprentice from Jet2 airlines who addressed the students about his journey to becoming a pilot, from being a similar age to the pupils to going through pilot training and then working for Jet2. It was inspirational to see a Pilot who had followed his childhood dream despite several constraints in his life and this certainly struck a chord with the pupils.

In the afternoon, the children got to have a lot of fun in the ‘mock-up’ airport terminal at the Aerozone where they were able to carry out several role play exercises as Customer Service Agents, Pilots, Cabin Crew and Police Officers! Pupils also got to partake in a paper plane competition, with the best students winning a prize for the furthest flights, along with designing their own passports. Overall this was another fantastic event and we are very grateful to Joanna Jackson and East Midlands Airport for pulling out all the stops for this very unique and inspirational day! 

 

We look forward to hosting many more events throughout 2022 in order to upkeep our mission of serving and inspiring the next generation through Aviation, Aerospace and STEM.