Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge


G-YTLY in the sky with diamonds! CONGRATULATIONS to Yateley School and partners - G-YTLY takes to the skies and completes successful first flight, celebrated by the RAeS, Boeing UK and the LAA at Farnborough, 12 April 2013 and marking a major milestone and UK school first! Congratulations to Marling Schools and its partners whose Stroud schools built-a-plane aircraft received its Permit to Fly in 2013!

SBAP Programme

 The Royal Aeronautical Society and the Boeing Company launched an ambitious, innovative project – the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge – in 2008.

The programme aims to provide young people in UK secondary schools with the opportunity to build a real light aircraft from kit and give them hands-on experience of the aircraft build process, understanding along the way the scientific and engineering principles behind flight, as well as developing commercial skills such as project management, problem-solving, team work and communication, with the ultimate aim of taking a flight in the aircraft once it is complete.

SBAP aims:

1. Motivate young people in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through a real-life experience.2.
2. Encourage young people’s awareness of the aerospace and aviation sectors, demonstrating their economic importance, and the wide array 
    of related career paths that the sector offers.
3. Enhance RAeS’ and Boeing’s links with the local community.
4. Inspire teachers and promote interest in STEM subjects across the teaching community.

Schools work as a consortium to enable as wide participation as possible and play a key role in disseminating the project to other young people in their local areas and nationally including underrepresented groups and those in disadvantaged areas.

There are now 6 projects underway, from the first led by Yateley School which is nearing completion to North East Wolverhampton Academy which received their kit in September 2012.

Other exciting developments from schools' wider educational programmes throughout the project include a flight simulator built by Ernesford Grange Community School and housed in a real aircraft.

 All schools have been involved in numerous events to promote their successes including the Farnborough Air Shows 2010 and 2012, the Cosford Air Show, the Flying Shows and TeenTech, as well as running their own events for the local community, helping develop not only their STEM knowledge and skills but also teamwork, communication and confidence.


 Take a look at our introductory video and see how it has inspired teachers and pupils to date:




Gordana Micic, Schools Build-a-Plane Programme Manager


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