Schools Build a Plane Challenge exhibits two aircraft at the British Military Tournament
December 05, 2011 - At the British Military Tournament 2011 held in London on December 2-4 2011, students and teachers showed members of the public how to build aircraft. Students from Marling School in Gloucestershire were at the British Military Tournament at Earls Court on Sunday (4 December) to show off the light aircraft they have been constructing as part of the Boeing Company and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) UK Schools Build a Plane project.
Members of the public attending the world famous Tournament were given the opportunity to see and sit in the RANS S6 plane and the Marling students and teachers were on hand to talk about the project and the work they have been doing over the past year to put the plane together.
Marling is one of six schools currently building a plane as part of the project, with two new schools set to be announced next year. The Marling plane is very close to completion and set to take its maiden flight in 2012.
The Build a Plane project involves young people in all aspects of the aircraft build process, and actively engages pupils in every aspect of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing UK said: “The British Military Tournament provides an excellent platform to show the extraordinary work the young people of Marling have been doing. Marling is one of the 6 schools around the country currently building this type of aircraft and the Boeing Company is proud to be supporting a project that encourages young people’s enjoyment of science and engineering”.
Anne Townsend, 16, a pupil involved in the project said: “I have ‘lived’ the project since the beginning and have found it really interesting. I definitely want to study engineering in the future. It was very exciting to be part of the Tournament and especially to see our plane parked next to an Apache helicopter!”