The Air League has today launched its Inspired Engineering initiative in the South West of England. The programme, which is aimed at Key Stage 2 students, between the ages of 7 and 11, aims to inspire students through aviation and aerospace visits, workshops and hands-on activities.
The Air League, which is the UK’s leading aviation and aerospace charity, with a vision focused on changing lives through aviation, has partnered with Aston Martin Bristol to deliver this programme. Aston Martin Bristol have funded the 1400 places available from October 2022, which includes all travel arrangements, entry fees and activity costs.
The programme will see students visit Aerospace Bristol, where they will learn about the forces of flight and fundamentals of aerospace design. They will then visit the University of the West of England to design the future of sustainable flight through bespoke Minecraft workshops. This will bring engineering to life, and help students to see the variety of future careers in aerospace available to them.
Opportunities are available from 4th October until 17th November and the initiative is open to all schools in the South West Region. In particular, the project is looking to support pupils in the region to help introduce them to career paths early in their learning.
Speaking about Inspired Engineering, Ian Morrison CBE, Chief Executive of the Air League said:
“We’re delighted to be launching our Inspired Engineering programme, with the support of Aston Martin Bristol, in the South West of England.
“The Air League’s central mission is to transform lives, breaking down barriers through scholarships and outreach programmes. For too long the industry has been exclusionary to many young people from any background and we hope that Inspired Engineering will give pupils that initial spark of interest and knowledge which can encourage them onwards throughout their careers and lives.”
Speaking about the partnership, Aaron Allnutt, Head of Business at Aston Martin Bristol said:
“Aston Martin Bristol are delighted to be supporting the Air League with the launch of their Inspired Engineering programme, through the delivery of our DBS Superleggera Concorde Edition project. As a business that promotes multiple apprenticeships across many career paths, including mechanical engineering, we are thrilled to be supporting the younger generation of potential engineers in our local community.”