First launched in 2007, Cool Aeronautics is the Royal Aeronautical Society’s primary school outreach programme that aims to introduce children to the fascinating world and people of flying, aerospace engineering, and space
These events represent a crucial part of the Society’s efforts to provide a ‘through-life’ approach to its outreach and careers activities. In particular, Cool Aeronautics embodies the Society’s aim to ‘promote aerospace and aviation to a new generation’.
Based around a day of aerospace themed talks and interactive workshops with Key Stage 2 primary school pupils, Cool Aeronautics events are held at aviation places of interest. For example, previous venues have included the Yorkshire Air Museum, Prestwick Airport, RAF Museum Hendon and the British Airways Community Learning Centre, Heathrow.
Cool Aeronautics events are free to attend and offer a fantastic opportunity for young people – the ‘new generation’ – to meet inspirational people from across the industry and to engage with aerospace themed activities that are relevant to the current KS2 National Curriculum.
In 2016, the Royal Aeronautical Society celebrates its 150th anniversary and Cool Aeronautics forms an integral part of these celebrations.