Stu­dents’ STEM out­reach

Pilot - - Notes -

Kin­ross High School’s Build-a-plane project is en­ter­ing its fi­nal chap­ter. The two-seat Euro­fox air­craft will shortly be moved to Fife Air­field, Glen­rothes, where it will un­dergo rig­or­ous in­spec­tions and test­ing. It is an­tic­i­pated that per­mis­sion to test fly the aero­plane will be granted dur­ing July, lead­ing to the is­sue of a full fly­ing li­cence by the Light Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion.

The project has helped stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence STEM ed­u­ca­tion at a prac­ti­cal level. Coco (14) com­mented: “This ex­pe­ri­ence has been spec­tac­u­lar. I never would have dreamed of be­ing able to work on a plane, so do­ing it in school is even bet­ter.” Fel­low stu­dent Aaron (15) said “It’s been great to be in­volved in a project like this and I hope more peo­ple could find out what is go­ing on here at Kin­ross High School.” Aaron’s wish will be helped by the dona­tion of a seven-me­tre-long cus­tomised trailer by W. L. Gore & As­so­ciates, a global ma­te­ri­als science com­pany, to take and dis­play the air­craft dur­ing out­reach to other schools, events and air­shows, and con­se­quently in­spire more young peo­ple to con­sider a ca­reer in the field of avi­a­tion.

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