High-fly­ing ex­perts drop in to help pupils study science

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

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

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