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The students are all part of a Blue Skies youth engagement programme which concentrates on teamwork and leadership skills. Blue Skies is a youth engagement programme which helps young people to overcome adversity and reach their full potential. The Jon Egging Trust provides young people who face significant barriers to learning, with access to inspirational individuals and opportunities linked to aviation, engineering and science. The Trust provide positive role models, raises aspirations and helps students re-engage with education and make informed choices about their future. The programme is run by The Jon Egging Trust, in conjunction with personnel from RAF Fylingdales and RAF Linton on Ouse.

Before the students arrived, Dr Emma Egging, CEO of the Jon Egging Trust said: “The students are so excited about spending a day with Professor Brian Cox. Inspiration is at the heart of everything the Jon Egging Trust does and with his help we really can show our young people that they too can reach for the stars.

The day began with an introduction to space from Brian Cox, Brian explained how he became involved in science and in particular his early work in Cerne with the Hadron Collider. Some of the RAF staff commented: “It was like being part of his TV series you could have heard a pin drop in the room he was so engaging.

After the highlight of listening to Brian it was up to Officer in Charge of Engineering at RAF Fylingdales, Flt Lt Charlie Dickinson to try and follow. Charlie stepped up to the plate and delivered a wonderful 30 minute piece on laws of motion and rocketry, perhaps Charlie has a future as TV presenter himself. The students, under close supervision began to make their own water rockets out of plastic bottles, tail fins made of card and nose cones out of some other dubious material. Once the groups were happy with their designs, Charlie, Brian and some of the hardier RAF Fylingdales personnel braved the wind and ventured to the Astroturf pitch to test the rockets. Some of the students rockets were fantastic, travelling over 50 metres and as ever with water a few of the students had misfires resulting I soaking wet jackets. Charlie said: Its great to see the kids enthused about science and the water rockets is a great way to capture their imagination.

After a lunch break the programme moved into the Solid State Phased Array Radar that provides early warning of a ballistic missile launch. The students visited the simulator and practiced the same procedures that an Air Force operator would carry out. This hands on experience moved a step near to the real thing when the students went into the Operations Room and tracked satellites in real time under the guidance of the Operational Crew of the day.

The students left RAF Fylingdales buzzing with science, space, satellites and of course rocketry. The Jon Egging Trust returns to RAF Fylingdales in May with a different group of students, and although Brian Cox will not be present he said: "I am delighted to be a Patron of the Jon Egging Trust,and I strongly support the amazing work thecharity does to help young people move forward in their lives.Inspiring and enthusing the next generation to be the best they can be is something Impassionateabout,and I believe that inspirational locations such as RAF Fylingdales can help do that.

The Jon Egging Trust was set up in memory of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging (Red 4) who tragically lost his life on 20thAugust 2011 whilst completing a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival. The charity realises his dream of helping young people overcome adversity, identify their strengths and work towards their ambitions.

During the rest of the programme which continues until June, the students will be guided through problem solving, teamwork, leadership and communication tasks which will provide them with credits towards a BTEC qualification in work skills.

The Jon Egging Trust creates partnerships to deliver learning programmes, which support young people to overcome adversity and identify their strengths. The Trust links them with inspirational role models from the worlds of aviation, engineering and science, who support these young people to be the best they can be.

For further information, contact:

Flt Lt Rich Weeks, Media and Engagement Officer RAF Fylingdales

01751 467217 FYL-

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