Education and Engagement

Some current exemplar aerospace & education projects are listed below for information:

Take off in Aerospace

Northwest Aerospace Alliance's Take Off In Aerospace campaign was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating the next generation of aerospace talent. By raising the profile of the sector to young people, teachers, careers advisers and parents, NWAA hope to make people aware of the reality of today's aerospace industry- that it's modern, innovative and global. Take Off In Aerospace offers young people a chance to experience the industry in a hands-on, exciting way. Initiatives include Young People Awards, and the Make It In Aerospace Enterprise Challenge Series (in conjunction with The Manufacturing Institute's Make It campaign). A Take Off In Aerospace section of the Make It In Manufacturing website,, has interactive content, information for parents and careers advisors, video case studies and day in the life profiles of aerospace employees.

So You Think You Can Design a Jet Engine?

Material Science impacts on every aspect of daily living. It is about how existing materials behave and how to make new ones. This site gives a number of tools for learning about materials science and selecting the right material for a problem.The toolkit was awarded the Nexia Solutions/Royal Academy of Engineering Innovation in Education Prize for 2007. You can also try out a newly released Toolkit for Schools' link here.
In partnership with A|D|S, the Tools4Schools team from the University of Manchester are exhibiting at Farnborough Airshow 2010, where your could experience a 3D Journey Through A Jet Engine and have the chance to design your own jet engine.

Take off In Aerospace is part of the Make It in Manufacturing campaign launched by The Manufacturing Institute in 2006 to shake off the myths and negative perceptions that surround the sector and show the outside world, particularly tomorrow's workforce and potential investors, just how much modern industry has to offer.

Check out their interactive UAV Game

Pupils at Landscove CofE Primary School dressed the spud with a white beard and red bobble hat before positioning him into a ‘shuttle’ made out of a two-litre plastic drink bottle.
The ‘spacechip’ – named Spudnik2 – was then tied to a helium weather balloon with a camera attached and launched from the local village car park in Devon.
They watched as it soared 17 miles up – reaching 90,000ft – before the balloon to burst and the shuttle floated back down to earth on a parachute and landed 140 miles away in Hampshire.
Spudnik2 was located due to its GPS tracking system and the teachers and pupils were delighted to discover the camera had captured these stunning images from space.

Operation PARIS (Paper Aircraft Released Into Space)  


Inspired by The Register, a British technology news and opinion website, and sponsored by Peer 1, the Vulture 1 paper aeroplane was launched from a remote area 50 miles west of Madrid, Spain on October 28, being carried aloft by a hellium-fiulled weather balloon to an altitude of 66,000-ft, before being released automatically to begin a glided descent back to Earth. Remarkably, it eventually landed after 90 minutes, some 100 miles from its release point in an area of woodland - intact, save one small hole in its wing. As it descended, a miniature camera recorded Vulture 1's trip, whilst a GPS locator  let the team track its path. Meanwhile, the balloon carrying Vulture 1, ascended until it burst at around 100,000-ft, dropping the main payload box containing additional cameras and tracking systems. The project cost an estimated £8000.