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Trust Encourages Girlguiding to Get 'In The Air'

Published: 02 May 2017   updated: 09 May 2017

Girlguiding in the South West will be flying high thanks to a new set of activity badges, part funded by the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT).

Designed to get more young women 'In the air', a new resource and activity pack provides members of Girlguiding with an opportunity to earn up to seven new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused badges though  a number of aviation related activities and challenges. 

The new air-focused pack, which recieved £7,000 of funding from the RAFCT, has been designed to enrich and enhance the experience provided to the girls and young women in Guiding. It has been created to highlight the opportunities available to young women in aviation-related industries and recogise the challenges faced by women when considering a career in STEM based industries.

The SWEBOTS pack, called 'In the air', contains 30 short activities targeted at girls aged between five and 25.  Carole Pennington, Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding South West England said: "I am delighted that with your support and encouragement we have been able to produce an activity pack which will encourage and inspire our girls and young women to take part in STEM activities that they might not otherwise consider in a fun and enjoyable way".  

RAFCT Director Justine Morton said: "We're thrilled to be supporting Girlguiding South West England with a project so closely related to our commitment to encourage and inspire airmindedness through aviation and STEM related activity. The 'In the air' activity pack provides 30 exciting activities which will give young women the chance to get involved with the sciences in a fun and interactive way. We hope this new project will inspire an interest in aviation and highlight the many ways STEM can contribute to a range of career options, as well as reinforcing the message that STEM subjects are fun and suitable for everyone."

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK and provides a space where they can be themselves, grow in confidence and raise their aspirations. Girlguiding South West England has approximately 80,000 members, helping them achieve their full potential whilst having fun. 'In the Air' will form the first of three Girlguiding STEM resource and activity projects, with 'Land' and 'Sea' packs to follow.

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