• Boeing helps British students aim high

    September 12, 2012 - The Schools Build a Plane Challenge, supported by Boeing and the Royal Aeronautical Society, adds sixth school to the project

    Students at Ernesford Grange Community School from Coventry, alongside local volunteers and community leaders, celebrated as they joined the Schools Build a Plane Challenge as the sixth school to take part in the highly successful program. The Boeing-sponsored challenge is designed to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers and underscores Boeing’s commitment to the U.K.

    “To be involved in such a unique project will be a huge boost to the students here,” said Helen Noble, Ernesford Grange deputy head teacher and leader of the project. “Many young people around the country are keen to become engineers or work in the wider aerospace industry and building a fully functioning, flying aircraft will allow our teaching to go one step further thanks to Boeing and the Royal Aeronautical Society.”

    The project provides young people in secondary schools with the opportunity to build a real light aircraft from a kit. The program also delivers hands-on experience about the aircraft build process including understanding the scientific and engineering principles behind flight prior to flying the aircraft once completed. Boeing is also working with the Royal Aeronautical Society to roll-out a Boeing Aviation Studies Certificate to schools that will widen the benefits of the Build a Plane Challenge beyond the schools currently involved in the program.

    Boeing U.K. President Sir Roger Bone said, “Boeing is determined to play a full part in inspiring young people here to explore all the opportunities that engineering and aerospace can offer to them. The U.K. is a crucial source of talented and skilled workers for our company and of components from the supply chain for both commercial and defence programmes. We have a shared interest in helping to secure the future of the aerospace industry in this country and this project is a wonderful way of contributing to that, while giving back to the community here.”

    To further advance student understanding of the principles of engineering and flight the school, with support from Boeing, has also taken the fuselage of an airplane that was no longer airworthy and converted it into a flight simulator. The volunteers who helped with this project now plan to join others to begin construction of the light aircraft for the Build a Plane project.