For almost 100 years, the Royal Air Force has been a leading force in technological advancement and innovation. Our centenary year gives us the opportunity to inspire future generations by telling the unique story of our Service.
Through actively engaging with schools and our expanded youth engagement programme, we expect to reach up to two million 9-15-year-old students. We want to build interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) careers.
The programme includes 1,000 STEM boxes distributed to schools in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering. Our youth engagement team will also be going into schools to hold activity days and hosting residential courses at RAF stations. Online resources, including an interactive map, have been developed by the Historical Association and Institute of Physics and are available here.
The RAF is also supporting a number of initiatives organised by external partners. From Rolls Royce’s StaRRship project conducting a virtual mission to Mars through to the final of the 2017/2018 Robotics Challenge at Big Bang Science Fair 2018 organised by Tomorrow’s Engineers. These partners will help us reach a whole generation of young people.
The focus on STEM is intended to benefit the wider UK economy by highlighting the importance of science and engineering skills against the background of a serious skills shortage at the national level.
This will help open the door for a whole new generation of young people and highlight the diverse opportunities that lay ahead for them.
We are looking to the next generation for innovative ideas to shape our second century and ensure that the RAF will always be first to the future.
The Autumn of 2017 saw the launch of the STEM programme in Scotland and England, and the next launch in Wales will take place in February 2018.