The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and its sponsors Boeing UK, with the assistance of the Light Aircraft Association (LAA), launched an ambitious, innovative and exciting project, the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge (SBAP-Challenge) in 2008. The SBAP-Challenge engages school pupils by providing young people in secondary schools the opportunity to gain hands - on experience of the aircraft build process and wider STEM subjects to encourage them to pursue a career in the industry.
The SBAP project aims to:
1. Motivate young people in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through a real-life experience.
2. Encourage young people'a 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.
Keep up to date with Yateley Schools progress in the Schools Build-a-Plane challenge!
Keep up to date with Marling School's progress in the Schools Build-a-Plane challenge!
Keep up to date with Ormiston NEW Academy's progress in the Schools Build-a-Plane challenge!
There were six schools involved in the SBAP Challenge. Currently four schools: Yateley, Marling, Ercall Wood Technology College and Ernesford Grange Community Academy have completed the project and the planes have been sold with money reinvested in the project.
There are now two projects underway: Bridge Learning Campus and Ormiston NEW Academy. There will be regular updates of the schools’ progress and for further information please click onto the schools’ names above.
The schools have been involved in numerous events to promote their successes including the Farnborough Air Show, The Cosford Air Show, RIAT, Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair, as well as running their own events for the local community. This we hope will develop not only their STEM knowledge and skills but the SBAP Challenge will have given them a wide array of skills not only in terms of future employment but soft skills that employers are also actively seeking such as teamwork, communication and project management.