On Friday 9th March 2018, RAF Brize Norton’s Station Commander, Group Captain Tim Jones, launched the STEM challenge at Carterton Community College as part of the RAF’s centenary events.
The Students of Carterton Community College, from years 7-10, received the challenges to:
- Build a bloodhound rocket car - plan, design and build a rocket car with the theme of celebrating 100 years of the RAF
- Design a poster – create a poster celebrating 100 years of the RAF
- Design a cake – create an imaginative cake to celebrate 100 years of the RAF
- Design a logo – design a logo to reflect 100 years of the RAF
- Complete a logistical task – solve a logistic challenge based on similar found in Officer and Aircrew Selection Centres with the theme RAF100
The students will have spring and summer term to work on their designs or tasks which will then be judged. The winners will be announced in July at the school’s Sports Day and they will then be given an opportunity to visit RAF Brize Norton and experience flying in a flight simulator.
"We have been here at Carterton Community College this morning talking about ideas, creativity, science, technology, engineering and maths. Where are the ideas of tomorrow going to come from? How are we going to find the people who will design tomorrow's aeroplanes, be tomorrow's pilots and work in all sorts of trades and branches across the RAF? Who will bring to life what we are trying to do which is this inspirational vision of where the RAF goes in its next 100 years? So today we have set some challenges and these are going to be really interesting to help us understand how the students think, how creative they can be and we are going to announce the winners at Sports Day with the RAF Falcons. It is going to be exciting and we are looking forward to hearing everyone’s ideas.”
Group Captain Tim Jones