STEM Day Superheroes
The STEM in Aviation Day at London’s Excel this month was a great example of ELBA working in partnership with one of Newham’s major employers to encourage the next generation of “High Flyers” across East London and beyond. ELBA staff worked closely with London City Airport staff to organise and deliver the interactive event to 11 schools from across 7 boroughs – a total of 110 students.
Students from Walthamstow School for Girls left as winners after winning the competition to create a concept for an aviation-based app. The pupils, attending ’STEM in Aviation Day’ at the ExCel, created an app designed to help people with disabilities navigate airports and ‘familiarise themselves with the travelling experience’.
Kate, a pupil from Walthamstow School for Girls, said:
“We learnt so many things about different careers in STEM, and how they relate to aviation. The presentation really helped me develop my skills and present my ideas clearly when talking in front of people, especially large crowds.”
STEM themed challenges and informative presentations from STEM industry professionals engaged students and demonstrated how STEM subjects they study in school (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are integral to the aviation industry. Some of the initial feedback gathered from teachers on the day:
“Engaging activities that both teachers and students were able to do together.”
“Fantastic atmosphere – All schools /students working so well together – engaged and actively involved.”
Liam McKay, head of public affairs and CSR at London City Airport, said the aim of the event was to inspire a future generation to pursue careers upon which the airport needed to run.
“Our aim is to inspire students to continue their interest and increase their skills in STEM subjects, enabling them in the long term to take on some of the key jobs which are essential to the UK economy.”
If you would like to be involved in activities engaging school in East London and helping to raise aspirations contact ELBA and ask for the Education Team.
Written by Reg Amoah, Education Works Project Manager