At minimal cost to the organiser, Cool Aeronautics events have a lasting impact on the children that attend.
Cool Aeronautics, the Royal Aeronautical Society’s primary school outreach programme, aims to introduce children to the fascinating world and people of flying, aerospace engineering, and space. Cool Aeronautics represents a crucial part of the Society’s efforts to provide a ‘through-life’ approach to its outreach and careers activities and embodies our aim to ‘promote aerospace and aviation to a new generation’.
In 2016, the Royal Aeronautical Society will celebrate its 150th anniversary and Cool Aeronautics will form an integral part of these celebrations. To mark this occasion, the Society will aim to have Cool Aeronautics events reach 150 schools in 2016; we are particularly keen to engage with schools in disadvantaged areas that may not regularly take part in or be invited to STEM activities/events. With a theme of ‘150 Years of Aerospace Innovation and Inspirational People’, the Cool Aeronautics events held during this time will offer an informative and engaging celebration of Britain’s rich aviation heritage as well as look ahead to its exciting future. We have already received interest from overseas organisations in running local events, which we are of course keen to encourage more of.
Importantly, the success of this initiative will depend upon the collaborative efforts of the Society’s staff, Branches, Corporate Partners and members and we welcome your interest in supporting an event (or two!). To assist your organisation with the planning and running of a Cool Aeronautics event in 2016, the Royal Aeronautical Society has produced the Cool Aeronautics Handbook, available to download from the Royal Aeronautical Society's website.
Next year promises to be hugely exciting (and busy!) for the Royal Aeronautical Society and Cool Aeronautics. More than ever, the Society is interested in hearing from industry professionals that are keen to share their experiences and inspire the ‘new generation’ at a Cool Aeronautics event. At the same time, volunteer helpers are always required to assist with the running of Cool Aeronautics; for our early career and student members, doing so represents a fantastic way of developing ‘soft-skills’ such as communication, leadership, project-management and problem solving.
If you are an individual or organisation that would like to get involved with Cool Aeronautics in 2016, an event that at minimal cost can have a lasting impact on the children that attend, please contact the Society’s Careers and Outreach Officer, Thomas Blowers.
T: 020 7670 4326