High-flying experts drop in to help pupils study science
BRIDGEND pupils have had fun with science courtesy of the Royal Air Force.
The pupils from Penybont Primary School were joined on Monday by a team of RAF personnel at the National Museum in Cardiff who helped them build rocket cars, make a parachute to land an egg safely, rivet aircraft together and take part in a hot air balloon challenge.
The day was one of a series of events across the UK to mark the centenary of the RAF and aims to build interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
Pupils from five other schools in South Wales also took part.
Brianna Lloyd, 11, of Penybont Primary School said: “I’ve really enjoyed it. My favourite part was making the parachute which carried an egg and dropping it”.
Chloe Thomas, 11, said she liked the robot car challenge where pupils had to steer a robot made of Lego.
The programme is designed to raise awareness of STEM-based careers among young people, which will help ensure the UK has a highly skilled workforce in the future.
The RAF expects to reach up to two million students between nine and 15 years old through this scheme.
The most senior RAF of- ficer in Wales, Air Commodore Adrian Williams, Air Officer Wales, said: “As we celebrate 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force, we want to use this opportunity to share our story with the Welsh people.”
Air Cdre Williams added: “As part of the RAF100 celebrations, our RAF National Tour will be calling at Cardiff between May 15 and 20, where members of the public will be able to see RAF aircraft from the past and present on display outside the City Hall.
“There will also be other events across Wales and there will of course also be the UK Armed Forces Day in Llandudno this June, so the RAF will certainly be busy in Wales this year.”
Enjoying the science at the National Museum, Cardiff, are, from left, Ridwaan Kalam Khan, 11, WO Steve Perham, Qusay Brouk, 12, Charlie Beckett, 10, and Isaac Griffiths
From left, Flying Officer Ella Fortune, Courtney Stevens, 10, Tia Atkins, 11, Bryanna Lloyd, nine, and Nayana Rogers, 10