RAF Lossiemouth STEM Event
To celebrate 100 years of the RAF, the personnel at Lossiemouth, in partnership with Defence Contractors, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Moray Skills Pathway, organised a STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) in the Workplace event for schoolchildren.
Schools were split into groups, each with a name related to an aircraft, and given a starting number. Each stance covered a different area and each group covered 7 stances during the morning. It was a very interesting and hands-on morning which everyone enjoyed immensely.
One of our groups, The Hawks, visited RAF Police, Fuels and Logistics Flight, General Engineering Flight, BAE Systems, RAF Dental Centre, Lossiemouth Transition Team- The Poseidon P8 and Rolls Royce. The children now know how to take fingerprints, measure the density of fuel, make a stable electrical circuit, balance broomsticks (ask them!) fly at mach speed through the mountains, understand what the Poseidon will do when it is based in Lossiemouth and strip down and rebuild a jet engine! How can you fail to be impressed with that!!
The other group, The Shadows, visited Force Development Squadron, Armed Forces Recruitment Office, Engineering Operations Squadron, Royal Northern Countryside Initiative, RAF Fire & Rescue, Air Traffic Control & Flight Operations and Energy Skills Partnership. This group has now received training to withstand high levels of gravity, tested their hand-to-eye co-ordination, used a laser thermal detecting device, applied old and new farming skills, fired an extinguisher (fully supervised!), parked up aircraft and "worked" at the top of a virtual 7 megawatt offshore wind turbine over 100m above the waves!!
What a fabulous day. The children would like it to happen every year. We'll have to wait and see.