Students are challenged to build a functioning aircraft from card working alongside engineers from the Aviation industry, while exploring the history and future of aviation. Aeroplanes then fly using radio controlled flight units. There is an option to stage an end of day air-show as part of the round up for a STEM day in school. The degree of challenge varies with the age range. Older students build unique designs while younger children follow learn the principles and history of aviation through building with ready made parts. 

During the Covid 19 crisis and possible lockdown periods

Practical activity at home or in school is possible with aerospace engineers online. We will supply DIY video conference kits for teams in school to work remotely with engineers who will have the same kits as the students in school. Engineers will also present Tik Tok style films about their job roles to students or engage students in making these films with media assets they supply.  The activity online will cover the principles of flight with both engineer and student using model gliders similar to those used by NASA to explore lift and drag. To discuss how the project can work in online in school or for home learners please contact us.

 Aviation On-Line Challenge - see films for the project


Aviation workshops, explore themes such as:

  • Aviation history
  • Bristol's unique aviation heritage
  • Science of flight
  • Future of flight
  • Design and build - construction principles and skills
  • Flying and presentation
  • Teamwork



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Fantastic Flight - for Key Stage 2 

Workshop are held in school using a large hall for all or part of the day

What?

Pupils will 

  1. Work with a team of engineers (apprentices, graduate recruits and those further into their career) from a variety of aerospace bsuinesses
  2. Find about aviation history through interactive demonstrations
  3. Build a glider for a series of flight tests, engineering improvements before each test
  4. Attempt to re-trim their air craft for stunt flights (turns and loop-the-loop)
  5. Option to go further for a whole day event . - Converting gliders for powered radio controlled flight and formation flying. This can be done as an airshow for parents after school in which pupils also present and demonstrate learning

Pre and post learning materials and non-flying model kits to make exciting timeline of aviation displays are available

30 to 60 pupils with half day and full day options

Costs

Through sponsorship* from industry partners we aim to provide a day workshop for less than £600 for 30 pupils / £850 for 60 pupils / £1000 for 90 pupils

* Business sponsors are available in Bristol and North Somerset to dramatically reduce these costs for schools in these regions. My Future My Choice can explore options with business partners in your region.

Contact us to discuss as costs will vary with numbers and your workshop requirements

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Aviation Day for Key Stage 3 and 4

Workshop are held in school using a large hall for all or part of the day

What?

Students will -

  1. Work with team of aerrospace engineers (apprentices, graduate recruits and those further into their career) from variety of industries
  2. Eplore routes into engineering careers
  3. Demonstrations of scientific principles of flight
  4. Find about aviation history through interactive demonstrations and group discussions about the future of aviation
  5. Build and test fly a glider to understand processes and the materials and glues.
  6. Design and build a unique aircraft radio controlled model aeroplane with a specific function (eg: speed, heavy lift, slow flight)
  7. Stage an air-show . This can be for parents  and/or other students where they present a 'thrills and spills' airshow as well as their team's ideas for he future of flight

Costs

Through sponsorship* from industry partners we aim to provide a day workshop for less than £600 for up to 40 students the full costs without sponsors are £1500

* Business sponsors are available in Bristol and North Somerset to dramatically reduce these costs for schools in these regions. My Future My Choice can explore options with business partners in other regions.

Costs will vary with numbers and workshop content


"Thank you for the fantastic experience you provided at Chew Valley School.  The students (and staff!) had an absolutely brilliant time with your volunteers and got a huge amount of enjoyment...and learning... out of the day.  You've helped to provide a lot of inspiration for the pupils involved and the school is extremely grateful. Many thanks for the link to the photo blog.  The enjoyment of the day shines through their faces."

Mark Mallet, Head Teacher Chew Valley School, Somerset

I volunteered for a day for “my future my choice” .Unlike some similar events I have supported in the past, I felt that the students got a lot out of it, and as a volunteer, I left feeling that I had made a real contribution

Mattia Di Francesco, Research Engineer, National Composites Centre