RAF inspires 100 Manchester Students at Old Trafford

Independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust has joined forces with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Manchester United Foundation, to give 100 students from Manchester, the opportunity to participate in a free Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at Old Trafford ground.

As part of this initiative, students selected by The Manchester United Foundation put their practical STEM skills to the test during a one-day Propelled Glider Challenge. The project was designed to enhance students’ aptitude for lateral thinking, design, and engineering and was especially geared to complement to the National Curriculum.

The Propelled Glider Challenge, required students aged 12-13, to design and construct an aeroplane, which could travel furthest through the air.  The plane was powered by a propelled mechanism and the fuselage constructed out of Balsa wood. Students learned about aerodynamics, incidence angle, shapes, sizes, trimming, and wing load calculations.

Paul Harrap, Squadron leader said, “The RAF is keen to enthuse students to actively study maths and science, and to encourage girls to consider engineering and technology as future career pathways”.

Jon Bowmer, Smallpeice Trust Education Officer said “Thanks to generous sponsorship from the RAF, this STEM Day has enabled students to utilise their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to tackle the task in hand. We hope these students will now be inspired to consider engineering when looking to choose future study options.”

The STEM Day was run by the independent educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust as part of an ongoing programme of courses designed to help young people learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology, and manufacturing.