Lincolnshire Schools Unite for RAF Centenary Celebrations Paper Planes Challenge

On Wednesday 12 September 2018, 15 schools from across Lincolnshire joined the RAF 100 Paper Planes Challenge designed by The EBP, as part of the Royal Air Force (RAF) Centenary Celebrations.

The event was hosted by the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) in Lincoln and included primary and secondary schools, giving them the opportunity to gain an understanding of the RAF whilst also designing and flying paper planes.

Delivered with the support of STEM ambassadors from RAF Waddington, students took part in three workshops before competing in a challenge to launch their planes. The workshops included tutorials for paper versions of three iconic planes, the Red Arrow Jet, Lancaster and Vulcan, which the participants later personalised with their own designs ahead of the final flight challenge. While taking part in the workshops, the students also gained an insight into the RAF, with talks about flight physics and engineering, the historical involvement of the RAF and the different roles that are available.

Paula Bailey, Delivery Manger at The EBP said, “We’re delighted to be working with our partners to bring together 15 schools, giving students and teachers from across Lincolnshire the opportunity to be part of the prestigious Centenary celebrations.”

The event aimed to inspire students and give them a better understanding of STEM and Lincolnshire’s aviation past and present. As a part of the RAF 100 celebrations, the students gained an insight into how they can develop skills required for a career in the RAF.

The event was sponsored by Ruddocks and Northrop Grumman, who supplied materials and trophies for the workshops.

Andy Thomas from Northrop Grumman added, “It was great to work with The EBP on another STEM engagement, and it was encouraging to see such enthusiasm from all the students to get involved with engineering events like this.”

The winning primary school was Swinderby All Saints Church of England Primary School and the secondary school winner was Lincoln, a Priory Academy.

A milestone in British history, the hundredth year of the RAF has been celebrated across the country. The ongoing RAF centenary celebrations are in recognition of 100 years of the Royal Air Force, with activities and events taking place throughout the year. The EBP was proud to support this.

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