Following the success of the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge, Boeing, in partnership with the Royal Aeronautical Society, has launched The Falcon Initiative, an innovative project that aims to inspire 13-18 year-olds by providing them with an opportunity to engage with a practical, fun and educationally-relevant engineering and business project. Importantly, this project will enable students to experience the practical application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects in a real world context.

Boeing will provide funding to selected schools to enable them to build a fully functional Flight Simulator. Through engagement with a targeted activity which relates directly to the current National Curriculum, the project aims to motivate students to pursue the study of STEM subjects.

Alongside showcasing their work to others, this project will give participating schools a chance to work closely with professionals from Boeing and the Royal Aeronautical Society and provide students with a unique opportunity to develop other important skills around design, marketing, project management, problem solving, team work and much more.

The ten schools that have been selected to go through to Phase 1 of the competition have been announced. The two best prototypes will be selected by a panel in spring 2016, before moving on to Phase 2, the actual build.

  1. Newquay Educational Trust (Cornwall)
  2. Tonbridge Grammar School (Kent)
  3. Ryburn Valley High School (West Yorkshire)
  4. St. Aidans & St John Fisher Associated Sixth Form, St Aidans Church of England High School (Harrogate)
  5. Dene Magna School (Gloucestershire)
  6. The Whitehaven Academy (West Cumbria)
  7. Sir William Borlase‘s Grammar School (Buckinghamshire)
  8. Manchester Communication Academy
  9. Greig City Academy (Hornsey, London)
  10. Elutec in Rainham (Essex)