Directing planes and building towers - pupils get stuck in at aviation academy event

Norfolk schoolchildren take part in a day of activities to mark the RAF's 100th anniversary at the I

Norfolk schoolchildren take part in a day of activities to mark the RAF's 100th anniversary at the International Aviation Academy in Norwich. PIcture: International Aviation Academy - Credit: Archant

Dozens of local schoolchildren got to grips with coding and directed robotic planes at an event celebrating science and technology.

Norfolk schoolchildren take part in a day of activities to mark the RAF's 100th anniversary at the I

Norfolk schoolchildren take part in a day of activities to mark the RAF's 100th anniversary at the International Aviation Academy in Norwich. PIcture: International Aviation Academy - Credit: Archant

Two hundred children visited the International Aviation Academy, based at Norwich Airport, for the RAF 100 STEM event, which encouraged young people to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) tasks.

Run with the RAF youth engagement team, it saw the groups engineer the tallest tower possible, get their heads around coding and direct robotic Red Arrow planes.

They also had a chance to learn more about careers in the RAF, as well as in STEM fields more widely.

It came as part of the RAF's centenary celebrations, which, with the anniversary having been marked on April 1, will run throughout 2018.

Norfolk schoolchildren take part in a day of activities to mark the RAF's 100th anniversary at the I

Norfolk schoolchildren take part in a day of activities to mark the RAF's 100th anniversary at the International Aviation Academy in Norwich. PIcture: International Aviation Academy - Credit: Archant


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The aviation academy gives students hands-on training so they can become the next generation of aviation professionals.

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