The Aviation Careers Day and Aeronautical Velocity Challenge will be held at various sites around Williamtown on Friday 24 June 2016.
What is the Aviation Careers Day?
The Aviation Careers Day is an initiative of BAE Systems and RDA – Hunter’s ME Program. It forms part of BAE Systems’ ‘Advancing the Next Generation’ initiative and focuses on Year 9 and 10 students with the aim of fostering their interest in STEM careers in the aviation industry.
This program includes a selection of ‘design and construct’ activities in which your school team will compete against the other schools in the Aeronautical Velocity Challenge as described below.
Students will also be given the opportunity to visit BAE Systems’ Williamtown facility where they will see first-hand aeronautical engineers and technicians working on some of the most sophisticated aviation equipment in the country. Students and staff will also find out about career pathways into the aviation industry through BAE Systems.
What is the Aeronautical Velocity Challenge?
The Aeronautical Velocity Challenge is a STEM initiative focusing on addressing Australia’s shortage of scientists and engineers.
Design teams will partake in challenges including: designing, producing and dog-fighting balsa model propeller powered planes, and designing, producing and launching bottle rockets to achieve a maximum velocity whilst travelling a maximum distance. Students compete in teams of up to six to design, produce, test and evaluate their prototypes. This competition is an ideal opportunity for schools, students, teachers, community and local industry to engage in practical numeracy and literacy activities in a fun and innovative engaging environment.
During 2016 the Hunter’s Aeronautical Velocity Challenge is going to be a demonstration event only, with the hope that in 2017 a number of schools will be involved in the State Championships and will develop a number of local hub competitions.
Velocity Challenge Experiences
Each school will be able to send teams of up to 20 students to be involved in the event. All groups will be involved in the BAE Systems site tour. However, there are two different optional experiences for which the school must choose to be involved.
- Experience 1: Skylap Racing – Fighter World Williamtown (Includes tour of Fighterworld)
- Experience 2: Bottle Rockets – Hunter River High School
Note: Students will not need to have any prior experience in the use of the Bottle Rocket Launcher or Power Anchor Sky Lap Device in order to be involved in the event.
To facilitate as many students as possible during the day we are having a morning and afternoon session. Schools will need to indicate their preference of times as well as the experience for which they wish their school to be involved.
We are pleased to announce that the ME Program is supporting this program and will provide buses to facilitate the schools involvement in the event.
How to be involved
If your school wishes to be involved in the Aviation Careers Day and Aeronautical Velocity Challenge, you should complete and return the enclosed nomination form by Friday 13 May 2016.
Nominations are accepted in order of receipt – a maximum of eight schools can be accommodated during each session (Morning and Afternoon) – so please return the nomination form quickly to secure your school’s place.
Each ‘session’ is designed for a group of 20 Year 9 or 10 STEM students to compete in one of the two experiences of the day as well as the site visit.
This event is free of charge to schools, and schools may request assistance with the costs of travel to the event. Lunch WILL NOT be provided.
I hope that your school will be able to participate in this innovative and unique day. If you have any questions about the event please contact Rick Evans ME Program Director by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0409366504.
Remember that there are only limited places available, so you must respond quickly to ensure that your students will be able to take advantage of this opportunity.