Students’ STEM outreach
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.