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Trust Funds the RAF'S First STEM Hub

Published: 15 May 2018

RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire has received £37,750 from the RAF Charitable Trust to create a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) hub.

The grant will facilitate the pooling of STEM ambassadors and their resources from other, smaller stations - reducing the overall cost of STEM delivery across the RAF.

This ground-breaking partnership with the RAF is the first of its kind and will provide young people with the opportunity to participate in STEM workshops and events.

Group Captain Andy Cooksley, from RAF Leeming, said: "Currently, the RAF Leeming STEM Team possesses limited resources, capable of supporting only a limited number of small-scale workshops.  

"This project aims to reach out to the team at RAF Leeming to enable them to reach their full potential. 

"In doing so, the RAF message will be delivered to a far larger audience within this critical age group in the North; serving both careers in STEM and the RAF for the future."    

The hub will play host to a wide variety of events throughout the year, developed in line to support RAF100 celebrations.
Events include a robotics workshop and the 'Race to the Line' regional final, which took place on May 3 and saw 280 year seven students from across the North and East Yorkshire regions build and then  race foam rocket cars against their rival teams.

Inspired by the World Land Speed Record attempt that the 1,000mph BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car is targeting; the cars had to blast along a wire and through a set of timing gates.

The two winning secondary schools, Withensea and Boroughbridge gained an invitation to the national finals day to be held at RAF Wittering on June 18.

RAF Charitable Trust director, Justine Morton said: "In order to pursue a career in engineering, young people need to be actively interested in the sciences from an early age. 

"Hopefully the STEM activities and events held at RAF Leeming will provide young people with inspiration and spark their imagination for the future."

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