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Big Bang North West: Platinum Sponsor – The Royal Air Force
We are overjoyed to announce that the Royal Air Force have confirmed as Platinum Sponsor for The Big Bang North West 2018. We can’t wait to celebrate 100 years with them!
“As we celebrate our 100th birthday, the Royal Air Force is proud to be at The Big Bang North West 2018. We want to inspire future generations of innovators, aviators and engineers who will take our Service and Nation to new heights of achievement.”
Come and visit the Royal Air Force and meet real RAF personnel with sensational hands-on STEM activities. You can make a ring-wing glider, test your reactions on the Batak and there’ll be riveting too!
“This year marks 100 years of the Royal Air Force, the World’s first – and most famous – independent Air Force. As we celebrate our centenary with a programme of events and initiatives across the UK, we look towards an exciting future as we continue to innovate, ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow. We will use RAF100 to build interest in science and technology and, by doing so, hope to inspire the next generation of innovators.”
The Royal Air Force & STEM
“We are focused on the development of programmes that aim to improve awareness and understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) amongst young adults across the whole of the UK. Our intent is to engage fully with the national drive to promote STEM, to provide early careers engagement and to inspire the next generation. In order to do this, we offer a range of different ways for people to get involved, including:
• Hands on STEM activity days
• Week long residential visits at a number of RAF bases across the UK (which upon completion of you will receive a British Science Association Silver CREST Award and Industrial Cadet Certificate)
• A travelling road show
• A team of dedicated volunteer STEM Ambassadors that are available to deliver presentations
• A close relationship with the Air Cadets and other uniformed organisations, including our new scout badge
The reason for this is that the UK Labour Market is facing major STEM skills recruitment shortages. It is expected that in the year 2020 there will be a shortage of 2.2 million engineers, so it is crucial that we work to eradicate the stigma surrounding careers in this field. Our key message is that regardless of gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic background, there are opportunities for careers in STEM fields if you want it and work hard for it.”
Discover more about RAF 100 here…
RAF 100 – Institute of Physics Schools & Youth Groups Competition
RAF 100 – FREE Physics Resources
RAEng ‘Aiming for Awesome’ – 10 resources covering a different decade of RAF history
RAF 100 Youth/STEM Programme: Uniformed Youth Organisation Residentials
Follow on Twitter @rafyouthengage
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