London City Airport STEM in Aviation Event
On Thursday 15th November, 16 Year 10 students took part in a STEM event at the ExCel London, which was attended by 400 students from 25 schools across 8 different boroughs.
The objective of the day was to learn more about the role of STEM in different professional roles linked to the aviation industry and staff from companies such as London City Airport, British Airways, Emirates, Bam Nuttal, UEL and Accenture ran sessions for the students.
The morning was a fast-paced carousel of activities where they learnt about modern technology used in construction and engineering, the science of flight (how does a plane actually take off), sustainability in aviation and data analytics. We learnt that a new aeroplane used by the Emirates airline costs a mere £250 million!
Following lunch the students worked in teams of 8 on a business design challenge proposed by the Head of City Airport, to design a new airport departure lounge. Each team had a £10 million budget and were to take on different roles in project management, marketing and finance.
From 50 teams there were 8 finalists who had to present their designs in front of the whole 400 strong audience and a judging panel comprised of Baroness Sugg (Aviation Minister), CEO of City Airport and representatives from CBI, UEL, and ELBA……and the winning team was from …….Barking Abbey! Their prize is a tour of London City airport and an aviation experience day including the chance to pilot a flight simulator.
A big thank you goes to both teams for their contributions and enthusiasm on the day!