How the Royal Aeronautical Society, with volunteers from Leonardo UK, supercharged its virtual Cool Aeronautics initiative to bring STEM fun, education & learning virtually into schools – reaching almost 500 children.
Picture the scene: a winter snowstorm engulfs you as you pace forward in a group huddled together. In the distance, a deep gully emerges, your only obstacle to attending a top-secret sustainability conference. With basic resources to hand, only engineering skills will save you.
This was the dramatic scenario laid before participants at the UK’s first virtual Cool Aeronautics event in association with the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), created by a team of graduate and apprentice STEM Ambassadors based at Leonardo’s Yeovil site. Like the adventurers described in their unique STEM experience, Leonardo’s STEM Ambassadors were determined to find a way through the challenge posed by the pandemic.
Due to the pandemic, Leonardo hosted the event for Years 5 & 6 school students of 8-10 years of age virtually instead of at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton where it is typically held. The team guided students through each step of their intrepid journey to link engineering to the children’s imagination during the most challenging circumstances. Leonardo’s graduate and apprentice STEM Ambassadors who organised the event were: Olivia Gribler, Bethany Elwell, Sebastian Watts, Benjamin Hunter, Bianca Erwee and Joshua Hughes. On the day, each school had their own volunteer STEM Ambassador: Aaron Baker, Charlea Boucher, Amy Jarrett, Alwin Karmacharya, Evelyn King, Felix Loy, Oliver Mackenzie, Nelson Nunez-Mulder, Eilidh Seville, James Varney, Bryony Venn, and Harry Whitehead.