The University of Strathclyde it is teaming up with the Glasgow Science Centre, FIRST Scandanavia and Boeing on a new permanent aviation STEM classroom.
Newton Flight Academy will be used to teach students aviation-related concepts in STEM topics and is set to be launched at the Glasgow Science Centre in Spring 2022.
Pupils from S3 and S4 will be able to take part in immersive, experiential learning programmes enabling them to engage in real-world challenges by working together with industry professionals.
The experience will include flight simulators and focus on themes including space, biofuels, and advanced materials and manufacturing.
Commenting on the new Academy, Stephen Breslin, chief executive of Glasgow Science Centre, said: “We are bringing the aviation industry, teachers and pupils together through the Newton Flight Academy.
“We will use the excitement that the simulators and aviation-related themes bring to help pupils develop problem solving and innovative thinking skills.
“Aviation is going to change so much as the industry seeks alternative, greener fuels. Scotland needs a pipeline of talented, skilled youngsters who can innovate and help engineer the solution – and the Newton Flight Academy is where they’ll be inspired.”
The partnership intends to boost Scotland’s “innovation pipeline” and marks the first Academy of its kind in the UK.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde added: “In our rapidly-changing world, we need engineers and scientists to design, build and operate the sustainable technologies and infrastructure of the future – from faster, more fuel-efficient aircraft to cleaner, greener energy production.
“We are delighted to be building on our long-lasting relationships with Boeing and Glasgow Science Centre to spark the imaginations of the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.
“By giving young people access to leading-edge technology, we hope to inspire them and introduce them to education opportunities and careers that will help them shape the world around them.”
The Glasgow Science Centre said it hopes to expand the programme by finding more funding from the aviation industry or other commercial partners.
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Stian Elstad, managing director, FIRST Scandinavia, said the firm was “thrilled” to take part in the Academy project: “The Newton Flight Academy will be a great asset for hands-on education in the region, and an attraction for visitors at Glasgow Science Centre.
“The team at Glasgow Science Centre with their experience, professionalism, and their position as one of the world’s leading science centres, is certainly a solid partner for us going forward.
“The reason we engineered the Newton Concept in the first place was to provide young people with high-quality, hands-on education programmes, and when enhanced with full-motion flight simulators, I think we will see sparkles in the eyes of many of the students and visitors.”
Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing in the UK & Ireland, added: “The Glasgow Science Centre is a world-leading educational resource for Scotland.
“Boeing are delighted to bring our Newton Flight Academy with the three flight simulators to the Glasgow Science Centre to inspire the next generation of aerospace students and help bring about a more sustainable future for both aviation and Scotland.”
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