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Aircraft built by students to take to the skies

Posted 9 April 2013 · Add Comment

The Royal Aeronautical Society and Boeing will celebrate the completion and first flight of a light aircraft built by school pupils on Friday April 12.

Youngsters from Yateley School and Court Moor School in Hampshire created their craft with the support of the Light Aircraft Association.

The Boeing and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Schools Build a Plane Challenge aims to motivate young people in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The project provides UK secondary schools pupils with the opportunity to build a real light aircraft from a kit and gives them hands-on experience of the aircraft build process, understanding the scientific and engineering principles behind flight, as well as developing commercial skills such as project management, problem-solving, teamwork and communication, with the ultimate aim of seeing the aircraft in flight once it is complete.

It also encourages youngsters’ awareness of the aerospace sector, demonstrates its economic importance and offers them a wide array of related career paths.

The celebration day will take place at FIVE, Farnborough and the students will be joined by Sir Roger Bone, president of Boeing UK, Simon Luxmoore, chief executive of the RAeS, Sir Gerald Howarth MP and James Arbuthnot MP.


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