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Introducing aerospace to children and primary schools

Are you a teacher, parent or carer who knows of a child or primary school class who love planes, are fascinated by space, love taking things apart and putting them back together again, or are just keen to know a little bit more? There are lots of activities aimed at introducing younger children, parents and teachers to the world of aerospace and aviation.

With so many different career pathways available to suit all interests, from becoming a pilot, to engineering, airports and airline careers, air traffic control, and so much more, it’s never too soon to start learning more!

Amy’s Aviation with Fun Kids Radio

 

The Royal Aeronautical Society has worked with children’s radio station Fun Kids to produce three series with character Amy Aviation, named after British aviation pioneer, Amy Johnson.

Amy Aviation is a young pilot and engineer who loves planes, space and everything to do with flying!

Available to download for FREE online as podcasts or as an animated series on YouTube, join Amy as she explore the world of aerospace and aviation. Amy learns how planes fly, how to make paper planes, how propellors work, visits air shows and much more. In our latest series, she takes a tour in her little plane around the UK to find out about the past, present and future of British aerospace.

The Amy Aviation series are perfect for the classroom or at home and completely free to access. The Fun Kids website also has lots more activities including quizzes and competitions!

Cool Aeronautics

Cool Aeronautics is the Royal Aeronautical Society’s primary school outreach programme that aims to introduce primary school children to the fascinating world and people of flying, aerospace engineering, and space. Launched in 2007, events have taken part across the UK and around the world, reaching thousands of children.

Cool Aeronautics aims to provide classes with a fun and educational day out at a venue linked to aerospace or aviation in their locality. This could be an airport, aerospace engineering company, airline, university or college or aviation museum.

The Cool Aeronautics ‘format’ consists of a series of three talks in the morning from people working or studying in the sector, such as how to be a pilot, how planes work, space engineering, air traffic control. The children then take part in interactive workshops and site tours themed around aerospace, aviation with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

All children go home with special goody bags including our ‘Cool Aeronautics wings’ – achieving their first steps into aerospace.

Cool Aeronautics events are free to attend and offer a fantastic opportunity for younger children to meet inspirational people from across the industry and to engage with aerospace themed activities that are relevant to the current KS2 National Curriculum.

 

 

Getting in touch

If you would like more information please contact the Royal Aeronautical Society Careers team. In addition to the Cool Aeronautics events and Amy Aviation activities, the Royal Aeronautical Society has free materials for parents and teachers for younger children including our Cool Aeronautics booklet, ‘Malaga’ aerospace careers poster, and much more!

 

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