Launched in 2007 to celebrate 10 years of the Society's Careers Centre, Cool Aeronautics is our primary school programme based around a day of aerospace themed talks and interactive workshops with Year 5 (Key Stage 2) primary school pupils at an aviation place of interest. Cool Aeronautics events are free to attend and offer a fantastic opportunity for young people to meet inspirational people from across the industry.
We have hosted and run events across the UK and Ireland, reaching over 2,500 children, including:
- Our beautiful HQ in London (where we boast the 'poshest toilets in the world!')
- RAF Cosford Museum
- IWM Duxford
- '@ Bristol' museum
- Atlantic AirVenture, Shannon
- Waterfront Museum Swansea
- BAE Systems, Farnborough
- University of Strathclyde
- Former RAE Wind Tunnel, Farnborough
- University of South Wales, Cardiff
- University of the West of England, Bristol
and more besides!
The Cool Aeronautics 'format' consist of a series of fun, interactive talks in the morning from aerospace and aviation professionals including airline and military pilots, space engineers and aeronautical engineers introducing children to the exciting world of science and engineering. Sometimes we also include drama performances to bring back aviation stars from the past including Amy Johnson.
Afternoon activities include interactive workshops, personalised site tours and all children go home with a special goody bag with some aviation inspired contents which they can share with their parents and siblings.
Provide a venue - we are always on the lookout for host venues such as aerospace and aviation company sites, airports, airline offices and relevant museums throughout the UK
Provide speakers - we also need speakers who enjoy talking to children about their careers in the sector, particularly engineers and pilots (be prepared for questions about your salary, one of the most common questions at the events!)
Provide a workshop - if you would like to provide a workshop for the afternoon activities, get in touch
Provide a school - let us know if you would like to invite a primary school along to one of the events
We believe it is vital to showcase aerospace and aviation to primary-age children and their teachers and parents to encourage from an early age an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and to be aware of the amazing opportunities that aerospace and aviation can offer. So please do let us know if you would like to be involved!
Careers and Education Team
020 7670 4326/5
Cool Aeronautics reports
Check out the Society News Careers section for reports on previous events