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14 Jun 2016

FLYING HIGH WITH RED ARROWS!

Imagineering took part in the prestigious Red Arrows STEM Day at RAF Scampton.

Aerial display with coloured streams
Red Arrows aerial display
Four teenage boys in a circle holding items
Working out the Conductivity Challenge
Young man talks to students
Explaining electronics
tables, display
All the companies were in the spectacular Red Arrows hangar
Girls with table top model hydraulic arm
Trying out the Hydraulic Arrm
Boys at a table with black bags
Tackling the Tools Challenge
Red plane on runway
The iconic RAF Red Arrow

Imagineering was in good company inspiring young people to consider a future in science, technology, engineering or maths after spending a day at the home of the Red Arrows near Lincoln.

The STEM event saw more than 20 leading companies and organisations, including Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens, Rolls-Royce, AMRC from Sheffield, Qinetiq and the University of Lincoln, showcasing all kinds of engineering and high technology to 240 young people, aged 10-14 years, from around the region.

Imagineering took the opportunity to promote its after-school Clubs and introduced the young visitors to fun science and engineering activities, reflecting some of the Imagineering projects. Helpers on its stand included Beth and Lawrence from AMRC and Gemma from Guttridge plc in Spalding, who is currently one of a team running a local Imagineering Club.

It was the third time the airbase had hosted a session centred on science, technology, engineering or maths and this year’s event included a focus on women in STEM.

Rachel Riley – the numbers expert on Channel 4’s Countdown programme and who is involved in several national numeracy initiatives – was the event’s special guest and STEM ambassador.

Wing Commander Joanne Campbell, RAF Scampton’s Station Commander, said: “STEM Day at RAF Scampton has developed significantly over the last few years and is now a major event in our calendar.

“The event provides young people with an inspirational, real example of the fascinating futures open to them,including in the Royal Air Force – which has exciting careers across our technical trades.

The day was jointly run by RAF Scampton, together with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows – which is based at the airfield – and The EBP, a Lincoln-based social enterprise which has been delivering the STEM contract in Lincolnshire and Rutland for 10 years.

Paula Bailey, Schools’ Team leader at The EBP, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with RAF Scampton and the Red Arrows to give Lincolnshire’s young people an insight into the amazing opportunities open to them. STEM Day is a unique opportunity for young people to meet some of the most inspirational employers and personalities in STEM and we hope that this event is a springboard for some of our county’s aspiring young STEM professionals.”

The highlight was a special display by the Red Arrows, the RAF’s world famous aerial display team, who in spite of the challenging weather, drew gasps from the crowd.

A memorable day for everyone!

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